I prepared this last year and discussed it with many VARs. Recently I was asked about it again. So today, I am reissuing the five VoIP/SIP Trunking Assessment Criteria.
Cost: The current economic environment creates an opportunity for SMBs to address cash flow and profit margins. SIP Trunking allows an SMB to implement converged services (voice, data, video), immediately eliminating the need for separate dedicated lines.
As with many, I watched the State of the Nation speech given by President Obama last night. I was interested in the overall speech and like many of you; I have an opinion regarding its effectiveness in dealing with our current economic environment and confidence levels. However, this blog is about IP Communications and any and all activities that affect it. To that end, I caught only one word, "broadband". It was use in a fashion that assumed Americans understand the issues with "laying broadband". I am certain they do not.
Years ago, we coined a phrase "Information Super Highway". It was during a time that access to the Internet was primarily through dial up access at rate hovering around 24kbs.
I had planned to share a salmon recipe with you today but I made a bread pudding yesterday that was my best yet. I first tried using croissants as the base for bread pudding a few years ago. Using bread as tasty as this is hard to beat. There are lots of other choices as well but the croissants not only taste good they look great as well.
In writing a blog, I want to share what I experience in the industry and provide a little bit of clarity on subjects that, well, need a bit of clarity. It seems that IP Communications has more various avenues of discussion than are pertinent to Broadvox but are relevant to the industry as a whole. For example, does Broadvox care which network equipment provider Verizon chooses for LTE? I haven't had a chance to run it by Andre, our CEO, so I have to decide on my own.
We will get to the Italian Lasagna but first, I missed the mark on Monday. I was so focused on getting my Valentine's Day meal resolved that I missed the announcement of a potential FCC Chairman. Right after I posted Monday's blog, I saw that Julius Genachowski was being considered for the post. It seems a likely choice given his long time relationship with President Obama.
I cook seriously five or six days during the year. Valentine's Day is one of those days. The theme of the evening was to have the color red in each dish. The menu consisted of two appetizers, crab claws with tartar and remoulade sauces (both made by yours truly), a mild goat cheese topped with toasted pine nuts and wild flower honey sprinkled with sweet paprika (red).
I began the week looking at VoIP Peering and this will be the final entry for now on the subject.
First, Bilateral versus Multilateral peering. Large service providers prefer bilateral peering so they can maintain control over the amount of traffic that will be terminated. Moreover, it is easier for them to continue a measured/per minute billing structure.
While it is clear to all involved that peering IP networks will improve services and decrease cost, there remain some key issues to resolve. In order to avoid transport over the PSTN, the large service providers need to participate. However, they do not want to carry voice and other IP related traffic for free. After all, it is their PSTN network that is being circumvented.
Recently, I read that there may be a comparison between IP Man and Batman. Sure IP Man fights evil doers but he does not have the dark background of Batman. Bruce Wayne becomes Batman because of the murder of his parents. He is never sure when his efforts cross the line of fighting crime to revenge for their deaths.
Today at IT Expo, we had a Service Provider round table. It was interesting to listen to others in this space, some with a focus on enterprises and others consumer markets. While we at Broadvox often discuss issues facing our industry, I learned to appreciate a few other things today. The question driving the best discussion of the day was "What would you do if you were to be the head of the FCC?"