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David Byrd
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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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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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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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