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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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Influencing the Reality...

February 26, 2010

While Broadvox and other ITSPs have continued to see very good growth in the adoption of SIP Trunking and VoIP, hardware providers are finding similar growth elusive. Additionally, the hosted community is experiencing both growth and an expansion of their market. While a hosted solution has always been of interest to small businesses, medium size businesses and enterprises are beginning to investigate including it into an overall IP communication strategy. So then, what is holding up the growth on the hardware side of things?

Stimulating the Stimulus

February 24, 2010

Discussing the effects of the Stimulus Bill or more accurately known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 passed by congress to assist an ailing economy is fraught with pitfalls, but I think worthwhile for our industry to consider more deeply. There are many things in the Stimulus Bill that we can each take issue with, such as various pork barrel projects, extending unemployment benefits, assisting with COBRA payments to extend healthcare, and identifying the right infrastructure projects. What I find as ideologically driven, is the overwhelming conclusion that the effort to influence the economy or infrastructure has failed. When the bill passed critics pointed out that most of the money in the bill would not be spent until 2010.

Pearing Up can be Good

February 22, 2010

It was a bit chilly, this weekend and I thought a chicken potpie would hit the spot. I also noted that I have not given you my chicken potpie recipe. It seemed like a good idea. I took a bag of what looked like chicken potpie filling out of the freezer to thaw over night in the refrigerator.

SIP Trunking Cost Savings Updated Part II

February 19, 2010

On Wednesday, we addressed the first three bullets...

·         Per line cost (save 60-70%)

·         Usage cost for local inbound/outbound calling (typically no charge)

·         Domestic long distance calling (save 42-68%)

SIP Trunking Cost Savings Updated

February 17, 2010

In December of 2008 I blogged about the cost savings associated with SIP Trunking. The primary reason was that I had just read a column that questioned whether transitioning to VoIP/SIP Trunking could save a business 70%.  It was important to me that I defend the position because it is a claim that Broadvox, bandwidth.com and other ITSPs make. The opposing article focused on the difference between long distance plans offered by TDM carriers and SIP Trunking providers. While this is usually considered the primary source of savings, that would be wrong.

Heart to Heart, Food and Money

February 15, 2010

You know I have to cook on Valentine's Day, especially when it comes on a weekend. Most of you are fortunate in that going out to dinner is a favor to your spouse. My wife considers going out to dinner an inconvenience bordering on a major bother. That's fine with me, as I rather eat my own cooking most of the time.

Record Snowfall in Dallas

February 12, 2010

While we are all aware that the east coast has been hammered this year with snow, Dallas and other areas in the south have been spared until yesterday. Having lived here for nearly twenty-five years, snowfall is not unusual. However, getting more than couple of inches is. DFW airport reported 12 inches of snow.

Honesty in Messaging Wins

February 10, 2010

As we work to motivate companies to purchase IP based products, I find that a number of us are creating new untested and perhaps weaker messages. The value proposition for IP communications is fairly straightforward. By transitioning to IP communications, a business will enjoy the following benefits:

·         Reduced cost, thereby conserving capital and budget for other expenses

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.

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