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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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Green Technology Conference Doing Well

September 6, 2007

Thanks to all the readers of TMC’s green blog for supporting the Green Technology World conference taking place next week in Los Angeles, CA. Our attendance numbers are far ahead of where we thought they would be based on the limited time we had to market this event. We now expect up to 2,000 people to register for the show when all is said and done. In addition there may be some of you who don’t want to use a computer to register just so you can lower your carbon footprint.

Green Barbeque

September 5, 2007

Will Suing Polluters Help Us Breathe Easy?

September 4, 2007

Polluters are the next target in our litigious society.   In a CNNMoney article, staff writer Steve Hargreaves is reporting on a series of lawsuits that environmental groups are bringing in an effort to “force polluters to change their ways.”   According to Hargreaves:   In the U.S., plaintiffs are trying three general tactics: ·        Seek monetary compensation for damages caused by global warming; ·        Force polluters to clean up by saying they are a public nuisance, and ·        Redesign projects currently on the drawing board by applying local laws requiring carbon emissions to be considered in any new development.   So far, no judgments against polluters have been issued. But several cases are pending.     It’s an interesting article that shows just how serious green groups are about forcing polluters into cleaning up their mess.   Check out the article and then feel free to share your thoughts below. Is this an example of using the full authority of the law to help curb polluters? Or is it yet another case of a litigious society gone mad?

Eco One

September 2, 2007

I have a confession to make. I like sports cars. Does that make me a terrible person? Well the answer from an environmental perspective was a resounding yes – until now that is.

Verdiem Looks to Cut Deals With Utilities

August 30, 2007

Writing for the UK’s IT Week, James Sherman says that PC power management firm Verdiem is in negotiations with several utility companies regarding the creation of rebates for businesses that adopt technologies designed to reduce energy consumption.   The question is, would a utility company be excited by the prospect of offering enterprises a financial break for using less energy to begin with?   Sherman points to California as an example of a scenario where firms are indeed being offered incentives to reduce their energy usage.   And while some energy suppliers might be interested in exploring any and all options, not everyone is chomping at the bit at the prospect of offering customers a rebate for using less of their services.   Sherman quotes a skeptical spokesman for NPower in his piece.   For more check out the full article here.

Al Gore’s Green Tips

August 27, 2007

Following up on a recent blog post on my other blog regarding green technology, here are the top five ways you can become green from none other than Al Gore.   1)      Florescent light bulbs: These bulbs are getting better and better. Many people complained about the first generation of these bulbs as they had poor lighting characteristics. Nowadays you will get better looking lights which save money and last longer than incandescents. 2)      Outdoor Solar Lighting: Boy these things really stink but still they are better than nothing and will save money and reduce carbon emissions. My experience with these lights is in New England.

Sharp to Fund Green Course

August 27, 2007

Sun Committed to Green Technology

August 22, 2007

TANDBERG

August 21, 2007

Rick Snyder, president of TANDBERG Americas, recently took the time to answer questions about the telecommunications industries role in the green movement, his company’s efforts to stay ahead of the pack and the upcoming Green Technology World Conference this September in Los Angeles.   TANDBERG, a global provider of visual communications, has a stated mission of developing products that reduce CO2 emissions, traffic congestion and unnecessary business travel, while maintaining or improving productivity.   For more background on TANDBERG Americas, please read earlier TMCnet coverage of the company here.   How is the green movement changing the way your company operates?   We’d been using videoconferencing to reduce the need for business travel and improve productivity since 1989. As we grow exponentially, it becomes even more essential that we address our carbon footprint. Recently, with the introduction of Tandberg Movi, all employees with a webcam can join the enterprise video network.

Polycom

August 20, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jessica Kersey, senior director of corporate communications with Polycom, about the green movement and how Polycom is helping companies transition into a new era.   Polycom delivers end-to-end, rich media collaborative applications for voice, video, data and the Web from desktop and mobile personal systems to the network core.   For more background on Polycom, please read earlier TMCnet coverage of the company here.   How is the green movement changing the way your company operates?   Polycom’s voice and video communications and collaboration solutions are the ultimate green technology as they enable dispersed workgroups in today’s global enterprises to meet and collaborate virtually, which reduces the need for travel. As the market leader in collaborative communications, we use Polycom technology more extensively than virtually any other company. This substantially reduces our need for travel and our carbon footprint as a company.
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