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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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A Whole Lot of Smoke, Food and Health Care

November 23, 2009

The plan for the weekend was to use apple wood to smoke two turkeys (for an office party), wieners, andouille sausage, brats, fresh kielbasa, cheese, chicken wings and bacon. All of this fit on the smoker with room to spare and the flavors were awesome. While finding a slab of bacon is not easy and sliced bacon is now cheaper, the result was nothing short of fantastic. I will smoke more of this in the very near future.

A Whole Lot of Smoke, Food and Health Care

November 23, 2009

The plan for the weekend was to use apple wood to smoke two turkeys (for an office party), wieners, andouille sausage, brats, fresh kielbasa, cheese, chicken wings and bacon. All of this fit on the smoker with room to spare and the flavors were awesome. While finding a slab of bacon is not easy and sliced bacon is now cheaper, the result was nothing short of fantastic. I will smoke more of this in the very near future.

Who Do Those Customers Think They Are?

November 20, 2009

I will always remember when I was asked while participating on a panel during a past IT Expo if Broadvox was concerned about competing with Verizon and AT&T. I immediately answered with a confident, "No". They will, of course, make more money selling IP communications than Broadvox or any similar ITSP. However, they will not slow our growth or limit our market.

Success with Digium IOT

November 18, 2009

Previously I have stated that Broadvox has successfully completed interoperability testing (IOT) with more equipment manufacturers than any other ITSP. That is still true. In fact, this year's IOT list is very impressive with the addition of Avaya, Mitel, Panasonic, ESI, NEC, Samsung, Xorcom and Zultys. I may have missed a couple and to you I apologize in advance.

Potato Cheesiness and the Top 5 Most Ridiculous Things I Have Ever Heard Part II

November 16, 2009

The past week was a culinary delight. I made Veal Oscar (veal scallops, lobster and white asparagus), blue corn chip smoked chicken nachos, chicken cordon blue and pappardelle with Bolognese sauce. Obviously, some tasty offerings. However, as I have noted to several of you, I normally cook without a recipe.

The Top 5 Most Ridiculous Things I Have Ever Heard

November 13, 2009

I have been in telecommunications for nearly thirty years and it seems that every year I hear yet another ridiculous forecast regarding future behavior or technology. It seems we can always find a way to overstate or overhype just about anything. Here is my Top 5 list.

1.       "With video conferencing, air travel will be eliminated as a business expense" 1980s; obviously, this did not occur in the 80s, 90s or 00s.

The Rise of the SIP Trunks

November 11, 2009

Perhaps, I was a bit hasty in describing the growth of SIP Trunking last week. Yes, a SIP Trunk is expected to be the second most installed type of trunking service (behind T1s) and a majority of medium to enterprise businesses has plans to install SIP in 2010. Additionally, the global market for VoIP is now described as having exceeded $20 billion for the first six months of 2009 (Infonetics). Finally, the number one driver for the transition to VoIP/SIP Trunking is the dramatic cost savings which during these economic conditions can make a CIO a hero within the company.

Umami in Food and Telecom

November 9, 2009

While we were educated with the understanding of four tastes (sweet, sour, salty and bitter), umami has been recently added as a fifth basic taste. The word is Japanese and in English we sometimes refer to umami as being savory. Foods that deliver umami include meats, broths, cheese and mushrooms (dried have more than fresh). The recipe for today includes a flavor that I also consider umami, smoke.

Adtran, Jawbone and the SIP Trunking Market

November 6, 2009

Adtran held an interesting partner event this week in Huntsville, Alabama. Broadvox was invited to attend as we are one of their SIP Trunking service providers. I went with relatively modest expectation and no specific agenda. Upon landing I shared a shuttled with one of our better VARs from the Dallas area.

Adtran, Spectrum Partner Summit

November 4, 2009

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