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

Like Parasailing

Just drifting along on the wind like a leaf on a stream. You don't control your own destiny. What do you...

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Birch Buys Globalinx

It seems that Birch is acquiring more customers. In a surprise move (to me because where are they getting the money...

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Why Carriers and WebRTC Don't Have to be the Same Magnet Polarization and Can be Partners Part II

Last week, I started exploring why WebRTC is interesting for carriers and wrote about extending existing applications with WebRTC to keep...

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NFV INSIGHTS: Preparing for the future of NFV

By: Andreas Lemke, Ph.D. - Alcatel-Lucent

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Have you ever gotten your hands dirty and really implemented an NFV or SDN application? Six teams from academia and industry in Israel and Europe can answer with a resounding yes! These teams gathered in Haifa at the 4-day 2015 Winter School and Hackathon event, organized by Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand team and Israel’s leading Institute of Technology, Technion. The event offered a full program to get acquainted with the fundamental concepts behind cloud computing, software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

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What's Left to MegaPath

In 2010, Speakeasy and Covad got married to MegaPath to make a $500 million MSLEC (as they announced it). In 2012,...

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ITEXPO Miami 2015 Videos Being Posted

If you missed ITEXPO a few weeks back in Miami, FL – I am sorry to hear that… It was one of...

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VoWiFi extends and enriches LTE services

By: David E. Nowoswiat, Senior Product and Solutions Marketing Manager, IP Routing & Transport, and  Ed Elkin, Head of Marketing for IP Communication, Alcatel-Lucent

The growing importance and usage of Wi-Fi™ is spurring rapid development in voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) to complement robust VoLTE services. Mobile device manufacturers are taking advantage of Wi-Fi to solidify their relationship with consumers and enterprises, so mobile network operators (MNOs) need to act quickly to secure a share in the hot Wi-Fi market. By developing a strategy that encompasses Wi-Fi, MNOs can leverage their most important asset - their LTE network - to deliver a seamless experience for subscribers while leveraging their virtualized IMS investment to create  new revenue opportunities for themselves.

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By the Byte or the End of the Buffet

May 1, 2009

Wednesday I was running short on time and could not finish the description of the proposed changes to bandwidth utilization pricing. At its core, it is simply a way for the cable companies to increase prices for access to higher speed bandwidth. However, the result may be to push America even further down the list of countries that have broad bandwidth coverage and up the list for the price of our bandwidth.  Many others and I believe we need to approach the deployment of broadband with the same strategic intent as we did the interstate highway system. The country will benefit for years to come if deployment is pervasive and its use ubiquitous.

SIP Trunking is Fun!

April 29, 2009

Did I catch your attention? Do you agree? Well the cable companies and even Dallas's own Mark Cuban don't agree. Perhaps, I am overstating their position but the result of restricting the amount of data that is transmitted during a given period is an attack of VoIP/SIP Trunking.

Apples and Oranges (SIP Trunking)

April 27, 2009

Food was both good and bad this weekend. We finally dined out this weekend.  On a lark, we decided to try a new restaurant in the area. The restaurant was a remarkable sight. It was beautifully built with interesting artwork throughout.

SIP...It's the RAGE Part II or Who's Buying?

April 24, 2009

Always an interesting question. What we know is that no vertical market is superseding another in the adoption of VoIP/SIP.  Analysts in particular look for some type of vertical trend. They find it difficult to believe that a given industry is not more focused on the transition than another is. I find it rather simple to explain.

SIP is the RAGE

April 22, 2009

Over the weekend, I received an email from a VAR with the tag line "SIP is the RAGE".

Wow!

 Additionally, he had read my blog. (Sometimes as I type these up, I think the only people reading this are my immediate family and co-workers.

A Mouthful: Grilled Butterflied Chicken, CTO, CIO and FCC

April 20, 2009

Okay so the weekend was kind of a repeat of Easter, a little bit of rain and a little cool. Perhaps, then it was okay that I repeated my first dish of the year. My wife asked for Crab Cakes on Friday. Since, I blogged that dish some weeks ago, I looked it up and followed my own recipe.

Wash the FUD out of Your Mouth

April 17, 2009

So what dramatic thing did I do?

I looked at the audience and exclaimed, "Bull____!"

Okay, I was braver then and there were no children in the audience. But it worked.

FUD and TAG

April 15, 2009

Perhaps you are wondering what got me going on this whole FUD thing and IP Communications. I was recently on a panel at the Technology Assurance Group National Convention. This is an exceptional organizational consisting of 120+ major VARs and dealers. The purpose of the panel was to impress upon the group the urgency to begin understanding and selling SIP Trunking solutions.

Pork Rib Roast and FUD

April 13, 2009

It rained Easter so the day began a bit dreary. However, there was excitement in our house because the grandkids were coming over after church. It is always fun to see them but on holidays, we try to do something special. We began with an Easter egg hunt in the house (due to the rain).

Foundation of Achievement Part IV

April 10, 2009

On Tuesday, we had our quarterly sales meeting. It is always enjoyable to spend time together with the sales team. I speak to them on the phone every week but having face time and enjoying food together is very special. While this was our third such meeting, it was the first meeting in Cleveland.

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