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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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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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Nokia, Backed by Mayor Bloomberg’s Office, Launches Mobile Device Recycling Campaign in New York City

October 4, 2007

In its ongoing effort to get consumers to recycle their old cell phones -- as opposed to just tossing them in the trash -- Nokia has called in the big guns. Today the company announced that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing its campaign to get New Yorkers to bring their used cell phones to recycling locations or mail them in for recycling.

In a statement issued today, a representative of Mayor Bloomberg’s office commended Nokia’s recycling program and urged all New Yorkers to get involved.

"We applaud Nokia's effort to encourage the proper recycling of unwanted electronics," said Rohit Aggarwala, director of the Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. "We hope that every New Yorker will join in and be a part of this effort."

The publicity campaign is to promote the recycling of consumer electronics in advance of America Recycles Day, to be held Nov. 15. New Yorkers, and in fact all consumers, are urged to turn in their old cell phones and cell phone batteries at any Nokia Flagship Store.





Rackspace Survey: Businesses Willing to Pay More for Services from 'Green' Vendors

October 2, 2007

Consumers and businesses these days are paying more and more attention to the impact their actions have on the environment. The “green technology” segment of the “green” movement—and the topic of this blog—includes everything from fuel-efficient cars to software the helps people telecommute.   On today’s menu: the efforts data center companies are now making to create “greener” operations by reducing power consumption. Last month, Rackspace Managed Hosting got curious to see how much businesses really care about the “greenness” of the service providers they choose.

Bush Warms to Green Funding

September 28, 2007

President George Bush today proposed the creation of an international fund to finance research into clean-energy technology. He announced that U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson would reach out to other governments soon to discuss next steps.   Speaking at a White House-sponsored climate change conference, the president urged the global community to set targets for curbing emissions, but stopped short of accepting the mandatory limits proposed in the Kyoto Climate accord.   Bush has long contended that the Kyoto agreement is not in the best interest of United States financial policy.   “We share a common responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while keeping our economies growing,” the president said. “Each nation must decide for itself the right mix of tools and technology to achieve results that are measurable and environmentally effective.”   Just before Bush took to the podium, administration staffers handed out a booklet to the assembled media that emphasizing that the president was serious about the issue.   The handout contained the following statements:
  • Myth: The president refuses to admit that climate change is real and that humans are a factor.
  • Myth: The U.S.

IBM Dishes on Big Green Innovations

September 26, 2007

Intel's Catchy Green Slogan

September 26, 2007

Green Technology and IP Communications

September 11, 2007

Codian

September 7, 2007

As of the publication date of this interview with Codian’s Simon Downey, Norway-based video conferencing giant Tandberg announced that they are acquiring the high-definition (HD) video conferencing gear maker for $270 million in cash and stock. The deal, which is expected to enable Tandberg to more rapidly pursue current opportunities within its core videoconferencing and telepresence markets, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2007.   Codian designs and manufactures advanced video conferencing products, which include Multipoint Control Units, ISDN gateways, Video Conference Recorders and Streaming Servers.   Rick Snyder, President of TANDBERG Americas, is scheduled to kick off the Green Technology World Conference program with a keynote address in Petree Hall D at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, on Tuesday September 11 at 9:00am.   Snyder plans to describe in practical terms how adopting a strategy to reduce carbon emissions can increase a company’s brand value, driving competitive advantage.   “The key to engaging enterprises in the environmental movement is to identify CO2 reduction programs that can be implemented easily, do not sacrifice productivity, and demonstrate measurable ROI for an organization,” explained Snyder. “I am looking forward to sharing the experience of our customers who are reducing their carbon footprint by eliminating unnecessary business travel and implementing visual telecommuting programs.”   While we will no doubt hear more about the two companies as the acquisition progresses, I’d like to share this interview I conducted with Simon Downey, senior product direct at Codian, about telepresence and the evolution of the IP communications space in general.   Downey will be presenting during the upcoming ITEXPO as part of a panel discussion titled The Dawning of Telepresence.

Green Technology World Conference is Here!

September 7, 2007

I’m really looking forward to my trip out to Los Angeles tomorrow for next week’s Green Technology World Conference. We’ve assembled quite a lineup for this inaugural event, and I’m excited about moderating several panels at the event: one on the Greening of the Datacenter and one on the Future of Green Technology. This is going to be good!   Rick Snyder, President of TANDBERG Americas, is scheduled to kick off the program with a keynote address in Petree Hall D at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, on Tuesday September 11 at 9:00am.   Snyder plans to describe in practical terms how adopting a strategy to reduce carbon emissions can increase a company’s brand value, driving competitive advantage.   In case you haven’t yet heard, TANDBERG has acquired high-def videoconferencing gear maker Codian for $279 million in cash and stock.   The reason I’m all over TANDBERG this morning is I’m very impressed with the company’s commitment to educating the market on how green technologies can help lessen everyone’s impact in the environment.   I urge you all to take a look at the company’s green Web site at www.seegreennow.com.   In addition to providing a series of five steps to reduce your carbon footprint, TANDBERG provides several links that will help Web site visitors to:  
  • Understand your impact on the environment
  • Increase your awareness of green issues
  • Do more by getting your workplace involved
  • Learn how companies are taking action
  I hope to see you at next week’s Green Technology World Conference!   Registration for the event is open now.

Ultracapacitor

September 7, 2007

Digital Realty Trust Releases Green Study

September 6, 2007

Digital Realty Trust released the results of a study looking at senior decision makers in North American corporations who are directly responsible for strategy, planning and technology evaluation for datacenter operations.   According to Chris Crosby, Senior Vice President at Digital Realty Trust, “Our goal for this survey was to determine whether the greening of the datacenter is a passing fad or represents the emergence of a deeper trend in technology that will permeate the industry for years to come.”   Among the findings announced by Digital Realty Trust, 55 percent of companies polled have already established a detailed green datacenter strategy, more than 80 percent of companies polled confirmed that their green datacenter strategies go beyond computers and servers but also include facility design and operations and more than 60 percent of respondents project that having a green datacenter strategy will become an important factor in their vendor selections over the next 24 months.   Further, 73 percent of respondents  said that there is no clear industry standard for what meets the criteria of being a truly “green datacenter.”   “These data points indicate that green, energy-efficient datacenter trends have been adopted more quickly and more deeply than previously believed,” said Jim Smith, Vice President of Engineering at Digital Realty Trust.   Smith will be participating in a panel discussion titled “The Greening of the Data Center” at the upcoming inaugural Green Technology World Conference on Tuesday, September 11 from 3:15 to 4:00 pm in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Registration for the event is now open; click here to sign up.
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