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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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Happy New Year!

January 4, 2010

The holidays were full of food, glorious food. While I apologize for the length of time without a blog or a recipe, I'll make up for in the weeks to come. First food...the holidays began with more homemade bacon, ham and Gravlax. I also felt that after last year's French Onion Soup misstep, I should make that in a proper fashion.

A Merry Broadband Christmas...

December 21, 2009

My new smoker and I have been having one heck of an affair. Someone said over the weekend that all I am doing is smoking food. That is not entirely true. I have been smoking nearly every weekend as I learn the particulars of the smoker.

The IP Scene is Green II

December 18, 2009

The last blog noted that the infrastructure required for IP Communications uses far fewer resources than similarly sized TDM networks. A Broadvox data center requires less power, construction materials, air conditioning and space than a Verizon central office switching center. Therefore, transitioning to VoIP/SIP Trunking is a key step in being a good steward of the earth.

The most common defense for the IP ecosystem being green has been that it allows for more telecommuters and provides more features and benefits to those workers.

The IP Scene is Green

December 16, 2009

When I first began to study whether SIP Trunking was part of improving the ecosystem, I encountered a rather well written article stating that VoIP was not a green technology. I accepted this position until recently when I realized the logic was flawed. The initial point revolved around the components of the technology. It is true that VoIP/SIP Trunking requires an array of servers and sophisticated electronics.

A Curing Review

December 14, 2009

What a weekend for food. It began with Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches on Friday, BLT's on Saturday and a smoked food festival on Sunday. For the Cheesesteak, I shop at Asian markets where they thinly slice rib eye beef for Shabu Shabu and other dishes. It is perfect for lovers of Philly Cheesesteak.

An all IP Future?

December 11, 2009

Is there really a question about the future of telecommunications? Over the last thirty years, I have participated in the development of the Intelligent Network Architecture that brought us Service Control Points and out of band signaling (SS7), Cellular communications (now mobility with Wi-Fi, Mi-Fi and femtocell) and today, IP Telephony. There is no doubt in my mind that the transition to IP communications is inevitable and I wonder why the FCC is asking for opinions on the subject? As usual, I'll keep an eye on that for you as well.

Reading Food and SIP

December 7, 2009

What a busy weekend. My wife and I spent Saturday shopping and running errands. Dinner was a quick helping of fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup. I didn't grow up on the combination but I like it a lot now.

Is Telepresence the Answer for Video Conferencing?

December 4, 2009

The acquisition of Tandberg by Cisco Systems appears to indicate that video, voice and IP technologies are finally going to converge to deliver a satisfying video conferencing solution. Assuming the technologies will mesh properly, market demand remains the only unknown. Telepresence is one of the promises of Unified Communications. If successfully deployed, it could represent a tremendous improvement in worker productivity and business communications.

They're Here...AT&T and Verizon

December 2, 2009

I have noted for some time that AT&T and Verizon were about to enter the VoIP market. Recently, a VAR asked me to compare AT&T's IP Flexible Reach product with Broadvox GO! SIP Trunking. It was not surprising that the Broadvox offering was less expensive.

A Parfait Thanksgiving

November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks and for many too over indulge. This year we were to celebrate thanksgiving alone so we accepted an invitation to have the dinner at a friend's home. Given that, I did not cook anything. It was an odd feeling.

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