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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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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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