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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 »

Simple Steak and Simpler Software

August 31, 2009

There is nothing better than a great grilled steak during the summer months. Oh what the heck, there is nothing better than a great grilled steak any time of year. A great steak requires two things. A good cut of meat and good seasoning.

Peek-a-boo Julius Genachowski

August 28, 2009

IP Videophones are multiplying quickly in the marketplace and Broadvox labs. So far testing has been quick and satisfying. The phones all adhere to H.263 and H.264 video codec standards. This allows for any video device to any video device testing and communications.

IPv6 and the Passing of an Era

August 26, 2009

In the simplest of terms, IPv6 is intended to resolve the issue of the world running out of IP address in 2011. IPv4 is based upon a 32-bit address scheme whereas IPv6 uses 128 bits. The difference is dramatic. With IPv4, the Internet has a total IP address capacity of 4 billion unique addresses.

Researching Hatch Chiles and Next Generation IP Technology

August 24, 2009

I forgot I was traveling on Sunday so my choices for recipe of the weekend was limited to either Saturday breakfast (open-faced grilled cheese on jalapeƱo cheese bagel) or Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Hatch Chile Cream Sauce. The choice was a bit obvious. In any event, my favorite grocery store in Texas, Central Market, is having a Hatch Chile festival. They celebrate everything made with Hatch Chiles, bread, cheese, salsa, burgers, etc.

Now for a Word from Our Sponsor...

August 21, 2009

 

It is always interesting how things evolve. When I initially considered doing a blog, it was going to be ghost written by me and have the face of another Broadvox executive. Don't be surprised, the early columns written for another publication were done exactly like that. I thought engineering and product management titles carried more credibility than marketing or sales.

The State of IP (Part II) Q&A

August 19, 2009

Tehrani: In what ways is President Barack Obama helping or hindering the technology markets? What more can he do?

 

David Byrd: President Obama has only been in office six months and he has put in place what appear to be strong people as the chairman of the FCC, CIO and CTO.

Scallops and the State of IP

August 17, 2009

A busy weekend for food as usual with fried chicken on Saturday, omelets Sunday morning and Scallops with Cheese Sauce and pasta Sunday afternoon. While I have yet to share my fried chicken recipe or the omelet for that matter, the dish of the week was the scallops. A couple of years ago I was in Chile working with a distributor and had this amazing dish. It is very similar to Coquilles St. Jacques.

Up to 70% Savings...Case Study III

August 14, 2009

Wednesday's case study was a single location with a leased IP PBX and GO!Anywhere service. This case study is interesting as the customer already had an IP PBX, Cisco Call Manager, and VoIP infrastructure. This was a very similar environment to a question I got at IT Expo last year regarding the value of replacing traditional PSTN terminations with a completed VoIP infrastructure. Her incumbent carrier had informed the questioner that it would not be cost effective to replace their TDM service agreement with an IP service agreement.

Writing the Customer a Monthly Check (Case Study I)

August 12, 2009

A few months ago, I issued a blog that stated I would cover ROI and case studies developed by our VARs. We now have three very different case studies to share with our VARs, OEM partners and prospects. Generally, speaking we all understand and use case studies. However, it is worth noting that a case study is very different from a survey or market study. A survey focuses on what, who, where, how much, how many and how many more (the future trend).

The World Is Your Oyster

August 10, 2009

Oysters were the central food on Saturday. I made oyster po' boys accompanied with oyster soup. I knew the po' boy would be good but the soup was fantastic. It took me a little while to decide on the recipe but in the end it is very similar to a chowder but without potatoes.

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