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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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ITW - Will There Ever Be A Return To The Good Ol' Days?

International Telecoms Week (ITW) is where all the interconnect carriers come to work out minutes exchange pricing and routes.   Dialogic has had a...

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What The U.S. Tax Code can Learn From Ransomware

U.S. citizens in Little Rock Arkansas pay the same federal income tax as those in New York and Beverly Hills - even...

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Like Cars in the 1950s

Did you know that from 1920-1960 there were hundreds of US auto manufacturers? Then it collapsed to just 5 - Ford,...

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The Red Velvet Rope

Popular nightclubs have a red velvet rope next to the line outside. Outback Steakhouse did better when there was a line...

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The Geeks Converge and Hear About HD

January 13, 2010

Last week, I attended the Consumer Electronics Show to speak on the HD Voice Summit panel. My first impression of CES was frustration given it was just impossible to get broadband bandwidth from my hotel during "normal" hours. Too many geeks, like me, in one place, at one time, trying to do e-mail. Since I remained on Eastern time, I did manage to get some things done in the morning.
  At any rate, most of the participants during the day were in one form or another either endpoint manufacturers or service providers.

A Wi-Fi Happy New Year from Times Square!

January 6, 2010

I was in New York City a couple of days before New Year's Eve to check out the New York Christmas scene. I found myself walking through a tourist filled Times Square. Some celebrity was doing an interview there. I didn't look to see who it was because all I wanted to do was get out of there, since since all I could hear was screaming voices.
  In the midst of this I looked up and I saw a sign that said, "Free Wi-Fi now in Times Square." I couldn't believe it.

The Top 11 of 2010

December 30, 2009

Why the top 11 predictions of 2010 as opposed to the top 10, like everyone else? "Because it goes to 11." As any fan of Spinal Tap will know, that classic line about why the volume controls on their instruments worked on a scale of 1 to 11 sums it up -- because, well, it goes to 11.
  I caution calling these predictions. As readers of this blog know, I travel around the world quite a bit and write about what I see going on. I simply looked back at all my notes for trends that might come to the fore in 2010.

Doin' the HD in Washinton, D.C.

December 16, 2009

Last week, some members of the HD Connect group went to Washington, DC to trumpet the advent of HD. We just wanted to get HD voice known and understood to some people down there. While we couldn't say hello to President Obama, since he was busy accepting his Nobel Peace Prize, we did meet with some interesting folks.
  We definitely took some first steps toward broadening the community of understanding of HD voice. Jeff Rodman of Polycom was the demo-master and tirelessly did his impressive 50-second demo over and over.

The HD Train

December 9, 2009

I'll be speaking at the HD Voice Summit at CES in Las Vegas in early January, but right now I'm heading to Washington, D.C. to take part in an HDConnect steering committee meeting.
  And then we'll head over to the FCBA Chairman's Dinner to spark conversations with the participants about the power of high definition voice -- both the improved speech characteristics and the potential positive economic impact involved in upgrading the networks. This should be an exciting day.
  In the meantime, I'm still reveling in the excitement of the New York Giants beating the Dallas Cowboys. I wish I could have called someone who was not there on my cell phone -- it was HD enabled through an HD-enabled infrastructure, so they could hear and, better yet, feel the excitement from the stadium emanating right through that phone!

Telecom as Green Engine

December 2, 2009

In my last blog, I spoke about seeing some metal object on top of one of the pyramids in Egypt. I joked that I hoped it wasn't a cell tower. Come to think of it, I did have five bars though...
  Anyway, during my marathon tour through Europe a few weeks ago, I was in Zurich.  I was struck by the "global citizenship" aspect of the town. There are many ads touting a 10 percent or 15 percent drop in energy and carbon emission savings made possible by a particular company or device (for instance, elevators and automatic walkways don't move until you step on them, and many travelers are probably familiar with the need to put the door key in a device in the room to turn on the electricity, thus insuring when you leave the room and take the key the electricity goes off).
  The Telecom Geneva show in October also resonated with this theme.

Egypt's 3G Surprise

November 25, 2009

I arrived here for a customer event and there was no car traffic. I was surprised since I had heard how horrible it was. It turns out the country was virtually shut down when I arrived, since there was a World Cup qualifying match with Algeria going on. I have since understood well the traffic issues here, including how the lane lines are apparently there for "suggestion" purposes only.
  3G is also making big inroads here - I saw signs advertising 3G quite often.

T-Mobile and a Hamburger in Hamburg

November 18, 2009

I am in Hamburg to meet with customers - my first visit to this city. I finally ate a Hamburger in Hamburg! Previously, I have eaten a Frankfurter in Frankfurt, Peking Duck in Peking (Beijing), Buffalo Wings in Buffalo, Philly Cheesesteak in Philly (actually quite a few, considering I went to college there!), London Broil in London, and Parmigiano cheese in Parma. To complete my food city journey, I just now need to have some Genoa Salami in Genoa.

WalMart & Prepaid: The Ultimate Commodization of Mobile Services

November 11, 2009

I should not have been surprised, though somehow it still struck a chord with me. And especially since Christmas is right around the corner, I should not have been surprised. But when I read the press release that Wal-Mart is launching Straight Talk, prepaid mobile plans including voice, messaging and Web access, I was surprised. The industry is officially commoditized. 
  I certainly do not associate the Walmart brand with prepaid services, but then again I'm probably not the target audience.

You're My Blue Sky, Youre My Sunny Day

November 4, 2009

Nope, this blog has nothing to do with blue skies, though I have to say that when I was in Seoul, the weather was gorgeous. The title has to do with the actual writing of this blog. In order to have the Korea memories fresh in my mind, I wrote the blogs on my way back home, while I had a connection in Narita airport. During this blog, which is really about MMS as you'll see, I had my iPod going and "Blue Sky" from the Allman Brothers was playing.
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