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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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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Reverse Incentive Actions: Broadcasts Get Their Due

December 12, 2012

No Man is an Island, but Isle of Man is no longer CWC

December 3, 2012

This week's article is going to be about M&A, so the news that Cable and Wireless Communication was "disposing" of its assets in Isle of Man, Monaco, Seychelles and a whole bunch of other assets in the Atlantic.

Batelco the Bahrain telephone company is buyer and you can see the difference in perspective.

 

Here is Tony Rice, CEO of CWC quote;

WebRTC Demostrations...if Only we had a Carrier Category

November 29, 2012

It's always interesting to see when your expectations are exceeded.  The WebRTC demos were a huge success and more importantly were live.  When we first talked about the demos our expectations were that we were going to see a lot of lab work.  Things that had been tinkered with and brought out to discuss but not ready for prime time.

Is their a Barrier to Entry

November 5, 2012

The IDC report showing that Android owns 75% of the Smartphone market points out some interesting issues.

 

Chart: Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share, 2012Q3Description: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker provides smart phone and feature phone market data in 60 countries and 8 regions by vendor, device type, air interface, operating systems and platforms, and generation. Over 20 additional technical segmentations are provided. The data is provided four times a year and includes historical and forecast trend analysis.

What People Don't Get about Windows 8

November 2, 2012

We can argue the values of companies;

  • Amazon,
  • Apple,
  • Google,
  • Microsoft. 

We can argue the value of networks;

  • ATT,
  • Sprint,
  • T-Mobile,
  • Verizon.

In the end they are not the where what we see.

What we see is look and feel.  We are going through a revolution on the web that is not about speeds and feeds but about user experiences.

Google Earnings Drop Shows a Shift on Top

October 20, 2012

While the news leaked early and made tweets look like a stock ticker, the data behind the story tells a different story.

As you will recall from discussions with Bill Volk that later were reported in Gigaom,  the difference in the world of Android and Apple has a lot to do with the charging for an app vs. the commercials around an app.

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AirTime is Exactly What it Needs

October 19, 2012

The Deal Book in the NY Times shows that even startups with pedigrees have problems breaking out.  Airtime looks like a Google hangout upgrade.

But at the end of the day, what is the driver for these things.

It's one thing to build something for facebook which is how AirTime expects people to connect, but its another to think of video as part of every day communication.

iPhone5 Sales are still strong

October 15, 2012

According to Richie Jennings the iPhone5 is not being impacted by the Map Failure is not showing up in sales.

Most friends are still waiting for the iPhone5 and while I have been anticipating the new mini iPad, the iPhone maniacs are all around me.

It's hard not to believe that iPhone5 sales are going to make the 4Q stock price a problem for many who are playing with shorts right now.

I also imagine that the iPhone5 form factor will be a subject of discussions when the new iPad arrives.

Android UpDate

October 15, 2012

As a good friend puts it, when Google supports a product it's hard to tell.  The company lives virtually in so many ways and for those of us who tried the "GPhone" it was an interesting experience having HTC try to be customer care after T-Mobile punted.

So for many there is some skepticism on the new Developer Console, but it does solve a few problems that are familiar to the small app developer.

What’s new in the Developer Console preview:
Updated look and feel
New publishing experience, ability to compare new and old APK versions
Create store listings in more languages
Statistics on user ratings and reviews
Updating your app in the new site makes automated store listing translations available to users on the web

The following features are not yet supported in the new Developer Console.






The Economy of America is App Based?

October 8, 2012