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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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VoIP Security Begins at Home

July 15, 2009

The first part of this discussion was on simple things an IT Department should be doing to protect its IT infrastructure period. Today we will focus more on VoIP security actions a business should per perform. The first is to understand these are multiple levels of security required: the infrastructure, call management, endpoints and applications. For each level, tools already exist to manage and secure the IP communications whether it is data, voice or both.

Tarragon Chicken and There It's gone Security

July 13, 2009

Last week one evening after work, I noted that my herb garden was over flowing with tarragon. The last few years we have treated it like rosemary and left it in for the winter. Tarragon has proven to be quite hardy. With so much tarragon, I decided to make a Tarragon Chicken with Wild Mushroom Sauce entrée.

Centrex, Is Still Alive?

July 10, 2009

A few months ago, we were asked to review a request for proposal where the prospect wanted to replace their Centrex lines with VoIP/SIP Trunking. I didn't think much of it until I realized that none of our SIP Trunking call center team knew what Centrex was. We had discussed "hosted" solutions, as that is part of Broadvox's legacy, and one may even consider it a competitive offering to our SIP Trunking products. However, the term, Centrex, had never been used and they did not know who supplied Centrex services.

Mirepoix, Classic...Next Generation, Priceless

July 8, 2009

The Fourth of July is a grilling weekend and mine was no exception. I fixed smoked chicken breasts, St. Louis Style barbeque ribs, bacon wrapped scallops and glazed shrimp. It was a feast for the eyes and soul. Thus far I have not shared any of the grilling recipes because, items such as the chicken and ribs begin by being marinated for 24 hours, the chicken in a brine of salt and lemon juice, the ribs rubbed with barbeque seasonings.

Whoops...

July 6, 2009

Wi-Fi, Mi-FI and Broadband Access

July 1, 2009

Wi-Fi, Mi-FI and Broadband Access

Before we continue our discussion of Personal Area Networks (PAN), I should note that Julius Genachowski was confirmed as the Chairman of the FCC last week. This wasn't a surprise but it was anxiously awaited. He will have a lot to do in a very short time.

Wi-FI, Mi-Fi and Michael Jackson

June 29, 2009

As usual, the weekend revolved around food but this one had a twist. I also entertained my grandsons. I promised to include their names so they could read this later in the week. So, here's to Jake and Stephen, 12 and 6, respectively, your names are now on the Internet.

Seven Hundred Thousand, Thirteen Million, Twenty-One Million, Two Hundred and Fifteen Million

June 26, 2009

Seven Hundred Thousand, Thirteen Million, Twenty-One Million, Two Hundred and Fifteen Million

Abracadabra...How a phone works is like magic and the general user does not care about the technology. Telephone penetration is the United States is between 95 and 96% and cell phone penetration is at 88.8%. Guess what...90% have no idea how the technology works.

Internal Training, External Success

June 24, 2009

Monday I identified a number of terms that are common to IP Communications. I suppose it would be useful to note that you should check out the Broadvox training area on the web. While we have interesting information now, we will be expanding the area over the next few weeks to include additional tutorials, case studies, videos and glossary. We want to make this effective for our personnel, partners, customers and prospects.

Moving Your Team from TDM to IP

June 22, 2009

As always, food was great this weekend. We had chicken fried steak, grilled spicy Asian chicken wings, parsley potatoes and another crown pork roast (fixed entirely different from the previous recipes) with a wonderful side of apples. I had planned to make a side dish using apples and plums but the plums were so sour that I made an Indian chutney out of them instead (next time Indian is on the menu, I'll be ready). I made an apple pie filling as the apple side dish.

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