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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Shepherds Look towards the Clouds

September 28, 2009

My favorite dish of the weekend was Sunday when I made Cioppino for the grandkids. They are definitely beginning to be more adventurous with food. Normally they stop at eating shrimp when I make seafood. Yesterday, they ate everything and the oldest even ate two oysters on the half shell.

VON, IP Man, Channel Partners and David Byrd

September 25, 2009

First, sorry about Wednesday. I was planning to discuss cloud computing and telecom but with meetings and a speaking session at VON, I ultimately did not find the time to write the blog. I will cover cloud computing and telecom next week. As a show, VON had fewer attendees and exhibitors than I expected, however, the audience for the panel session on which I participated was standing room only with between 50-60 people.

Top 50 Thank You

September 21, 2009

Every Monday is a fun day as I recount what I made over the weekend. I entered the weekend thinking it would be a chicken salad, which I may present on another occasion. The reason for chicken salad was to introduce an excellent use for dried onion flakes and lemon zest. I made the salad and will have it for lunch today but decided there were other good choices made this weekend.

SWAG or WAG

September 18, 2009

Interoperability testing (IOT) is an underappreciated function in the field of SIP Trunking. Today, Broadvox has completed testing with over 35 OEMs and 8 major IADs, the most in the industry. However, every now and again we are caught in a situation where a VAR introduces a new IP PBX or IAD to us by way of a customer order. This causes my blood pressure to jump, and as previous fried chicken and macaroni and cheese guy who loves bacon, I do not need that.

HD Voice...

September 16, 2009

It didn't take long for me to hear that a discussion of the market viability for HD voice was a bit ahead of the game. Most readers don't know what HD voice is. So here is a primer for HD Voice.

High-definition voice, or wideband voice provides a level of improved clarity and better audio for VoIP communications.

HD Meatballs and Voice

September 14, 2009

High-definition seems to be everywhere. So I thought, what the heck, let's make my HD Meatballs this weekend. It was tight race to the finish as last night I had a grilled Gebhardt chili powder marinated thick pork chop that was excellent. I was sorely tempted to make it the recipe of the week.

800 million plus 332 million

September 11, 2009

This blog could have been written as Broadvox beats bandwidth.com, but I realized it was an opportunity to point out a good thing. Last week during IT Expo West Sean Rivers, Director of Sales and Product Engineering was quoted saying "The Company handled 332 million minutes over their network last month."  The announcement was made because the IP community has seen tremendous demand and growth for our services this year.

Yesterday, I was on the phone talking to a potential new member of our partner program and he pointed out that they had a loose relationship with one of the largest Internet Service Providers but nothing formal. I was definitely curious.

Crabby over Security

September 9, 2009

Sorry for being late today but the day began at the dentist's office. It threw me off my routine. Anyway, food as usual over the weekend was very good. We had deep fried turkey (Louisiana), jerk steaks (Jamaica) and soft shell crab (Virginia).

Congratulations...Thank You Very Much!

September 5, 2009

I have done my best to avoid having using this blog for self-promotion. However, Broadvox won the BEST OF SHOW award for Best Service Provider Solution at the most recent IT Expo. While it may seem like a simple award and of little value, we have worked hard to add a successful retail offering to our product portfolio that could successfully complement our wholesale solutions. Broadvox for years has offered SIP Origination and Termination to other carriers and application service providers. One would think the transition would have been simple to provide a SIP Trunking offering to businesses.  It proved not to be simple at all.

Peering, Equals Amongst Equals

September 2, 2009

Peering between networks is nothing new. It has been a part of conducting business for Broadvox and IP Service Providers for years. It is getting a second look as the possibility of free IP calling globally nears. Companies like Skype and Google are exploring how to take advantage of IP peering arrangements to reduce the cost of calling for their customers and members.

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