David Byrd : Byrd's Eye View
David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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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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Sotomayor and Net Neutrality

August 7, 2009

First, I'll join many Americans on congratulating Sonia Sotomayor on being confirmed as a US Supreme Court Justice. It is commendable to be in the position for the job, laudable to be nominated for the job and a significant accomplishment to win confirmation. So, again, congratulations.

During her confirmation hearing, a question was raised regarding Net Neutrality.

Trusted OEMs and the Honest Truth II

August 5, 2009

It is without hesitation that I reiterate Broadvox is agnostic with regard to your choice of PBXs, IADs or routers. You can visit our certified partner list to see the many companies that we work with on a daily basis. Of course, there are OEMs that stand out as partners. The current leader in accounts at Broadvox is Asterisk.

Mashed Potatoes with where is the IP?

August 3, 2009

As usual, I ate well this weekend. I did forget to mention that two weeks ago I made my first corned beef from scratch. I found the recipe I used a bit curious in that it mentioned 3 hours cooking time and did not note in the summary the ten days of pickling or brining required. In any event, I may never buy corned beef again, it was excellent!

Google, Gizmo...Game On

July 31, 2009

The Google Voice and Gizmo partnership bears watching. By signing up with both companies and performing a few software downloads and such, you are on your way to making free calls. It is unclear if the service is global or just for the US. Nevertheless, it is clear that the service is free.

The Broadvox VAR On-Boarding Process...

July 29, 2009

Proper on-boarding of a VAR is very important to their success as a reseller of our product offering. As stated before SIP is to new to assume that VARs understand the marketing, selling and installation of SIP Trunks. To that end, it is always a pleasure when an OEM agrees to the value of the effort and sponsors the initial session. This summer we have been invited by Panasonic, ESI and NEC to meet their dealers.

Goodbye and Hello

July 27, 2009

Today I want to thank so many members of the IP Community that assisted in raising money and visibility for Brianna Sharp. Sadly, I must inform you that she died at 6:12 Saturday morning. When we began this journey last August, we knew the odds would be long in curing her of a cancer that takes 90% of its young victims within twelve months. Studying the various forms of treatments left little hope, as there just isn't enough money to conduct the proper level of research, and these children succumb too quickly for long-term studies.

Presenting IP Communications Continued...

July 24, 2009

There are five key areas to understand when improving upon presentation skills:

·         Voice Management

·         Body Control

·         Content Delivery

Presenting the IP Message

July 22, 2009

Two things happened over the last couple of weeks; we held our quarterly sales meeting and ESI has begun the roll out of Broadvox to its dealers in support of their new SIP Interface. It's always good to have the quarterly sales meeting because it reminds me of the excellence of the people that make up the team. Since most of the team works from home offices around the country, personal interaction is limited. Therefore, these meetings become a precious time to get to know them and share information that is best transferred in person.

Stirring Things Up

July 20, 2009

It was another good weekend to relax and cook. I grilled some steaks and served those with homemade curly fries and grilled squash and zucchini. Sunday, we had one of my favorite dishes, a bucket of clams and mussels. They are steamed in a rich broth that becomes almost a soup.

Service Providers and Business VoIP Security

July 17, 2009

The most important thing a service provider can do to reduce the risk of unauthorized access is to offer VoIP with SIP. Through the use of SIP, protection against Cyber attacks can be accomplished with increasing latency in the network. As stated before, these types of attacks will only increase as the use of VoIP expands in the market place. With SIP, the service provider can better authenticate users, isolate traffic and deploy stronger/safer network elements.

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