Earlier this week, I learned that I was accepted as a moderator and speaker for the upcoming COMPTEL conference in October. The session is called, “Enabling the Mobile Worker Using Hosted Communications,” a subject with which I have great familiarity and interest. Clearly, it is an opportunity for me to represent ANPI, but it is also an opportunity to inform about the measurable benefits of developing and supporting an effective mobile workforce.
It is estimated that work-at-home, telecommuting workers or those working outside of the office (sales, travelers, etc.) make up nearly 30% of the US workforce, according to The American Community Survey.
The transition from TDM to IP communications has been underway by enterprises and SMBs for a long time. A few years ago, it was estimated that 85% of enterprises leverage VoIP – and, more recently, 12% of SMBs – have discovered it, as well. Service providers have, for the most part, been less aggressive to state the value of the transition. That is, until now.
SIP is no longer an unknown form of communications protocol. Hundreds of thousands of companies have embraced SIP Trunking, if not millions. The SIP Survey, conducted by the SIP School, does not attempt to determine the level of penetration; rather, it is unique in attempting to understand the problems or concerns of those implementing SIP Trunks.
Graham Francis, CEO of The SIP School, has created a business that offers the IP Community the ability to learn about SIP and become certified to market, sell, install or trouble shoot SIP-based products.
I’m not sure if the following will increase Internet or Wi-Fi traffic, but it will certainly increase competition for seating at your favorite coffee shop. In conjunction with Duracell, Starbucks will rollout special charging stations built into tables to wirelessly charge your cell phone. The clear pun here is that you can now get a cup of coffee and a table, and really charge your batteries.
Over the next three years, Starbucks intends to install more than 100,000 Powermat charge pads into tables in all of its Starbucks and Teavana locations.
This week, Infonetics released their latest growth tracking numbers for Unified Communications. According to their press release, the growth in the enterprise segment was up 27% for 1Q14 over 1Q13. For a business or service provider such as ANPI, this is very good news. But several other findings are also worth noting.
Telecommunications has always been an industry filled with mystery and the unknown. For those of us on the inside, everything seems perfectly logical and, for the most part, well thought out. However, consider the following story I heard this week.
Sometime in the last century, a telephone company decided to upgrade its switching technology to deliver new services to its customer base.