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Target and Casper, Retail is now like Telecom

Retailers are now a lot like broadband providersCasper sells a mattress that rolls up and comes in a box and has rave...

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Merger Synergies and CX

Sonus is merging with GENBAND. Last year Sonus bought Taqua for $20M. The talk is all about synergies and higher EBITDA....

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Telecom Tidbits # 2457

Some help with Robocalls. Pass it along. Private equity firm, TPG, last year acquired RCN and Grande. Now they are grabbing...

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Is the Cisco VNI Right?

I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it...

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What Happened to LinkedIn?

This week there have been two posts on my feed about "We can connect but don't spam me!" The discussion was...

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If Starting Today as an Agent

If I was starting my telecom agency today, what would I do? When I started in 1999, I was selling basically...

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The Rise of AI in Communications

Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to thinkData, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked? As economical compute power...

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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

If T-Mobile buys MetroPCS Who Will Take the LEAP?

October 8, 2012

The NY Times puts it very well this is a Turbo IPO for T-Mobile.  It solves a variety of problems for T-Mobile.  As you know they were forced to be left at the altar by the FCC when they try to merge with ATT.

There are people suggesting that Sprint would come in to acquire MetroPCS out from under DT, but I have to think that Sprint has too much on its plate already.

Regrets before the Show

October 2, 2012

When you start planning events you focus on the audience and you think about what needs to be done to provide knowledge transfer about the subject.

For example, In Mobility Tech we are going to be talking about the data explosion, because the network planners are the people we are looking to support.  So we are talking about how to manage, coverage, speeds and feeds (backhaul).  We are also looking at the relation to of apps to the carriers (although most of apps content is in the HTML5 Summit).

The WebRTCbook, Book Review.

October 1, 2012