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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 »

The Right to Bear IP

June 19, 2009

While I have spent the week thinking about the direction of broadband for the US, I have also observed what is happening in other parts of the world. The growth of broadband and Internet access is indeed driving many socioeconomic activities. However, recent events in Iran now demonstrate their power to push political events. Whether real change is a result does not matter.

The Senate Hearings Have Begun

June 17, 2009

Monday I changed my position and now support tiered broadband pricing. There is enough existing or potential competition in urban areas to support this pricing model without dampening access to or the adoption rate of high-speed broadband. However, in a continuing revelation as to the simple nature of our politicians, I am putting forward a quote made during the Senate hearings for confirming Julius Genachowski.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

Curry No Favors

June 15, 2009

It was another great weekend for food. My wife decided she wanted a shrimp curry and while that was a great idea, I like to have the flavor of several curries when eating Indian food. Therefore, I made three, Spicy Shrimp Mustard Curry, Chicken in Coconut Curry and Potatoes and Spinach Curry. Each was quite good and well worth the effort.

Try It and Buy It...Not!

June 12, 2009

How did this concept begin? I'd really like to know so that I could figure out a way to kill it. In a similar vein of thought where we need to address the FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) associated with IP Telephony, we need to end the "Try It and Buy It" requests and offers. If the IP PBX, IAD or media gateway has been certified to work with a given carrier AND the CPE has been properly configured, then it is going to work.

Eddie, Phones and Automobiles?

June 10, 2009

Imagine my surprise yesterday to learn that Ed Whitacre, the former head of SBC, now AT&T, was named the new chairman of the Board for GM. It is rather astonishing that a person with no knowledge of the industry will become a member of the nucleus of GM's management team responsible for establishing its new strategy.

 

Whitacre is quoted as saying, "I am honored to be able to serve GM at this critical juncture and take part in its reinvention."

The Cream of the Crop

June 8, 2009

This weekend was great for food. It began on Friday with beer battered fish and chips. Since I had the oil hot, I also fried a half of a breast of turkey. I tend to do that verses frying an entire turkey when cooking for the two of us.

The Nortel Effect?

June 5, 2009

At least two analysts are now predicting a drop in VoIP/SIP Trunking growth for enterprise customers.  This was not surprising as I reached the same conclusion some months ago. Using my limited cognitive abilities, I did not see how the growth in VoIP/SIP Trunking could be maintained during this period of economic stress and uncertainty. When budget considerations are added to the mix, it is no surprise that enterprises are closely examining cash flows and capital expenditures. However, that is not the primary influencing factor according to Dell'Oro and In-Stat.

We are the Champions..We are Agnostic!

June 3, 2009

Most days this is less a blog and more an assessment or statement about the IP Community. Today, it is a blog or web log or what happened to me lately. Yesterday I received the following call:

"Hi, is this David Byrd?" the caller asked.

It's Greek to me

June 1, 2009

The weather in Dallas has finally entered a normal pattern. It is sunny, hot and dry. It is great weather for cooking outside. To that end, the last two weekends have been barbequing and grilling days.

Pricing Integrity and Discounting Part II

May 29, 2009

The prospect is requiring another round of discounts. This time it will affect your bottom line. You'll cover your cost but that's about it. You are concerned about your cash flow so you are seriously considering acquiescing to this demand to get the business and meet payroll one more month.

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