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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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Kick Off 2014 Successfully

January 14, 2014

Every year since the early nineties, I have had the opportunity to participate in a meeting where we positioned our sales teams to sell products. It is a very important event because it provides the management team of the company an opportunity to communicate strategy, priorities and new product information to sales. It is also a time to augment existing sales skills and team camaraderie. It is an exciting and very important meeting and event.

The Immediate and Foreseeable Future

January 10, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show is a huge gathering of vendors hawking all manner of products, from small electronic connectors to large SUVs. This was my third such visit and, when it comes to new technology announcements, perhaps the least rewarding. However, there were a few things that caught my attention.

First, wireless and mobility is in. From the connected car, home, extended batteries and all manner of handheld devices, it is clear that the demand to access anything from anywhere at any time using any device is being met.

Telecom and IP get the Future Right

January 8, 2014

Over the weekend, I saw a program that compared the marvels of technology from the film “Back to the Future II” with what has actually come to pass. The film, released in 1989, looked at what we could expect 25 five years out, or in 2015, through the eyes of its hero, Marty McFly. Well, we are nearly there and in position to take inventory of the forecast and what was actually delivered.

  1. Hoverboards – Not surprising that this did not come about since the cost of such a board would have prevented widespread adoption, and the concept was really a play on the lead character’s prowess with skateboards.
  2. Flying Cars – They have been projected for years and, other than prototypes and some special applications, have not been commercialized.
  3. Dehydrated Pizza – The concept was that a pizza would be about four inches in diameter and placed into a special oven. The oven would, within seconds, cook the pizza delivering it at 12 inches and hot.
  4. 3D Movies – They got this partially right.

Thomas Wheeler takes the helm at FCC

November 15, 2013

On November 5th Tom Wheeler became the new Chairman of the FCC. He comes into the office having served as president of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1979 to 1984 and as CEO of mobile carrier trade group CTIA from 1992 to 2004. Additionally, he functioned as CEO of several tech startups. Now one would think that such a background would have provided him political support from a wide range of people, however, precisely because of his background people have questioned his appointment.

A Rolling Sound Gathers MOSs

November 6, 2013

Twice this week, I encountered questions about MOS (Mean Opinion Score). The first was regarding how ANPI collected MOS data to manage our nationwide IP network; the second was regarding whether this information was distributed widely throughout our customer base and channels. First, we use the EXFO Brix System to generate MOSs and, second, we only make such data available to large accounts that have an interest in the data. Perhaps now would be a good time to explain what MOS is.

Over the Top is Coming of Age

October 30, 2013

For some time, I have pointed out that broadband has improved enough over the last few years in both speed and quality to support over the top (OTT) applications and services. While true, there has still been a fair amount of hesitancy to apply this reasoning or conclusion to real-time applications. Therefore, many carriers have refused to provide hosted communications unless it has been a managed service, meaning that the carrier not only provides the cloud application but they are also responsible for the broadband and on-premise router. Others have taken this a step further and developed “fully managed” services, which also include LAN management and the installation of the phones.

US Debt Discussions Impact the Global Web Divide

October 11, 2013

The discussions concerning the US debt limit run from serious to humorous, but most Americans (63 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal poll) believe it to be “a real and serious problem.”.And that is a good thing, because when the US allows its credit worthiness to become suspect, it affects both short and long term interest rates. This makes it more difficult for businesses – particularly small businesses – to secure loans, and it also increases loan costs for consumers. However, there are international ramifications, as well.

If, as expected, politicians continue to use the debt limit to achieve political objectives, then interest rates will rise and the value of dollar will increase.

It's Showtime!

October 8, 2013

In addition to opening the month with a very successful product launch (ANPI VIP) and the introduction of the new ANPI Chief Sales Officer (Mike Cromwell) during Cloud Partners, I also attended NTCA 2013 Fall Conference, COMPTEL Plus Fall Convention and Expo and Search Marketing Expo East.

Each of these meetings offers a different experience. NTCA provides the rural telecommunications community the opportunity to learn about the changing regulatory environment, get updates on new technologies, share various experiences in the deployment of new services and network infrastructures, and develop new professional and personnel relationships. Dave Lewis, ANPI CEO, participated in an industry panel the last day of the conference.

When did "Tele" Get Removed from Telecommunications?

September 24, 2013

Last week while working with my ANPI marketing team, I asked them to consider what Apple had identified as key features during the announcement of the new iPhones. They identified cheaper version with multiple colors, improved camera for better pictures, new operating system, fingerprint recognition for improve security, wireless file transfer, longer battery life and faster processor to play games and improve video features. Please note what was not mentioned during the event; using the device as a phone. It is not a discussion point because the device is no longer primarily used as a phone.

Unified Communications - Reinvigorating Your Engine for Growth

September 17, 2013

Unified Communications – Reinvigorating Your Engine for Growth:

For several years, Independents have faced a number of challenges that have created material barriers to growth. Factors such as wireless substitution, a challenging economic climate, and intercarrier compensation/USF reform have conspired to constrain the ability for the independent community to maintain top and bottom line revenues much less grow them. Yet, against the backdrop of such challenges, independents have a clear path to reinvigorate their growth prospects through the deployment of cloud-based Hosted Unified Communications (UC) Services.

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