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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Smokin' and the FCC

November 2, 2009

My weekend was fantastic! Great food was eaten and my new smoker was delivered. 84 inches of smoking prowess, nearly 800 pounds of steel and 3269 square inches of cooking surface. Okay back to the food, we had a nice pasta dish on Saturday with fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes and Sunday bacon wrapped filet mignon with a smoky pepper sauce.

Channel Manager Qualities II

October 30, 2009

Continuing with Wednesday's message, a good channel manager should be...

Trainer: Selling another's company's product is not easy. It requires the VAR to represent another company's product as if their own. This requires a thorough understanding of the product including technology, value proposition, features, ROI, TCO, support and maintenance requirements and how it will fit into the VARs overall business.

Channel Manager Qualities

October 28, 2009

Most of us have an immediate reaction to what makes a good channel program. I often see columns stating the top ten elements or criteria for selecting or participating in a channel program. Some of these are not debatable.

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Loco SuperComm and Comptel

October 26, 2009

Vacation was very good but good reasonably priced food was difficult to find. I went to Maui for my vacation and discovered that restaurant prices have gone through the roof. Our  favorite places to have dinner now offer $15-20 appetizers with most entrees exceeding $40. This caused us to re-evaluate our dinner plans and seek out venues where the locals ate.

Getting Jerked Around...

October 12, 2009

The weekend in Dallas was not its usually warm sunny self. The weather was cold, cloudy and sometimes wet. However, it did not deter me from cooking Jamaican Jerk chicken. The reason for cooking the chicken originally arose when I discovered my new manager of Inside sales was from Jamaica.

A Very Good Quarter

October 9, 2009

First of all thanks to all of the Partner Program members. We had our best GO! SIP Trunking sales quarter ever. We can only accomplish this through the efforts of our channel, channel managers and inside sales team.

See You on Friday

October 7, 2009

Pan Roasted Chicken and a Little Reminder...

October 5, 2009

Last week was not fun. My laptop disk had a hard crash. Luckily, since I was traveling, I had backed everything up before leaving town. However, it meant that I needed to go into the office on Saturday to get the backup drive.

Julius Genachowski and Net Neutrality Update

October 2, 2009

Two weeks ago Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC, laid out his plans to support Net Neutrality. He does support the concept of net neutrality and views it important enough to codify the initial rules imposed upon the Internet Service Providers (ISP). These rules were the extension of similar guidelines imposed upon AT&T, and later the RBOCs, in determining how calls by other carries would be regarding on the incumbents networks. Calls from competitors needed to traverse the networks with the same speed and quality as calls that originated and terminated with the incumbent, or ILEC.

Cloud Computing Applications and Impact

September 30, 2009

There are several oft-discussed cloud computing proponents in the market, AT&T, Google, Microsoft and IBM. I don't see the need to cover IBM as they have been in the outsourcing business for many years. Instead, I'd like to look more deeply at the remaining players. While the AT&T Synaptic Hosting service does not promote an individual application, it does address many of the major infrastructure questions that accompany cloud computing.

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