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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Sorry Apple, This is Really Samsung's Month

I find if you write about Android or Apple, you are often a target for people who will flame you on social...

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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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An Odd Pairing, Pork and Clams, Obama and Net Neutrality

February 8, 2010

Two thoughts come to mind as I look back on this weekend's dining delights. First, it is good that the Super Bowl comes once a year as I always prepare too much fried food. Second, remembering one of your better dishes is always a pleasant surprise. In preparation for eating during the Super Bowl, I deep-fried Buffalo wings, butterflied shrimp coated with Japanese Panko breadcrumbs, and cornmeal dusted oysters.

Searching for IP Services - Part II

February 5, 2010

I had hoped to have similar reviews of the SIP Trunking offerings between AT&T and Verizon. However, it is not possible without a phone call to Verizon. I didn't have time to do that so I'll go with what I got.

Verizon is clearly not serious about a SIP Trunking offering.

Looking for IP Services

February 3, 2010

Clearly, the focus of Broadvox and similar ITSPs is to promote SIP Trunking or SIP termination and origination. However, there is a larger and faster growing market in the business community for simple VoIP solutions. According to In-Stat, 41% of businesses with VoIP capability have no legacy TDM voice services, vs. 34% in 2008 and 42% of US businesses now have a VoIP solution in at least one location.

On the Hunt for Good Food and IP Services

February 1, 2010

This weekend was a bit out of the norm for me as I decided it had been some months since I researched some local eateries. The result of this is that I usually do not cook when conducting such research. However, this weekend was an exception as I both found a new dish and made one of my standards. First on Friday, we tried the new Dominoes pizza.

Zero out of 7291

January 29, 2010

I was not surprise to see we batted a big fat zero when it came to being mentioned in President Obama's State of the Union Address on Wednesday. I expected that. Given two critical factors, what the politicians and media consider the "big stuff" (wars, healthcare, terrorism, economy and jobs) and an embattled political majority party (Democratic), I figured this was not the year for discussing telecommunication issues (broadband, net neutrality, USF, etc.) on the national stage.

However, it should be noted that Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman, did put telecommunications and the Internet on the world stage earlier the day.

The State of Telecom

January 27, 2010

Tonight President Obama will give his first State of the Union Address. Most of the address will be about subjects driven by the politicians and media: The war in Afghanistan, the withdrawal from Iraq, the now on life support health care bill, the economy and job creation verses job losses. All of this is very interesting but I wonder if telecom interests will get more than a one-word mention as it did in his address to the nation last year.

Yes, telecom was referenced once out of 6,242 words.

Fried Chicken and Broadband have no Relationship

January 25, 2010

Last Friday was my/our 25th wedding anniversary. As I prepared to go home, I was asked several times where was I taking her to dinner. Let me make this clear, my wife would have been very disappointed if I had taken her to dinner. In almost all expensive restaurants, she notes that I could have made it better and cheaper at home.

What was the buzz at IT Expo?

January 22, 2010

In reviewing the sessions and talking to many of the exhibitors, it was impossible to say what was on the minds of the attendees. With regard to TMC and the event organizers, it was a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It was all things IP. Therefore, I guess the better direction for this blog is to discuss what I got out of the show.

What will be the Buzz?

January 20, 2010

I am attending IT Expo in Miami this week and participating in three panel discussions. I know mostly what I will be talking about but I wonder what will be the leading topics of the show. Last year Nortel, SIP, Apple and a few other items drove the two shows. It will be interesting to see what will drive this show.

Real Carriers Eat Quiche

January 18, 2010

It's been a couple of weeks since I last wrote this blog. The amount of travel and such to start the year was a bit overwhelming and I found time to be a commodity in short supply. I decided I would rather not write the blog than provide something that wasn't my best. Of course, you missed some great food but I will make up for that beginning today.

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