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Breaking Rumor: Verizon to buy XO

Spectrum is the new beach front property according to Peter Radizeski @radinfo and he has a very reliable source which tells him...

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Momentum Trolls Windstream (Going Up-Market)

I received this email yesterday from Momentum with the letter attached (with far too much private info not blacked out.) "As...

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What to expect at MWC 2016

The biggest, baddest (and I mean that in the best way possible!) communications show on the planet, Mobile World Congress, is only...

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New Award Helps Attract Tech Workers in a Competitive Market

Developers in Silicon Valley last a surprisingly short nine months  It’s becoming clear that programmers are in short supply and demand is increasing rapidly, leaving small...

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Monday Morning Thoughts on Sales and Strategy

This testimonial for ANPI by an RLEC is worth listening to just to understand the thinking behind moving to cloud comms....

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Channel Partner Take-aways from CVX

Channel Vision Expo is collocated with ITEXPO. This year MSP Expo was also collocated and Microcorp's Partner learning experience was down...

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The Case for a Real-Time Application Delivery Controller

As the telecom infrastructure world moves to software, there are still “anti-pundits” that question the ability of software to scale and be...

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NFV vs. SDN

April 28, 2015


I have written in the past about NFV and SDN being complementary. Now that some time has gone on, I wanted to expand on that. It is definitely still true, but being at Mobile World Congress crystallized my thinking on this subject.

First NFV is about providing virtual network functions.


Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

April 21, 2015


This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, Texas.  If nothing else, this certainly represented the most cowboy boots in one place I’ve ever seen.

So why am I writing about this?  Well, I have AT&T service and as I approached the stadium I got a text message that said “AT&T Wi-Fi is active near your location.


The NFV End Game Part 2

April 7, 2015

If it’s true that NFV will end the “end-to-end solutions coming from a single vendor” and usher in the “best of breed” approach, then it means significant changes for this industry.  Some large players that have end-to-end solutions will need to change if they want to survive.  This is easier said than done.

First of all, assume some of what the large players have is “best of breed”. 

The NFV End Game and Ushering in a New Wave of Players

March 31, 2015

The clock is ticking and it’s about to strike midnight.  NFV will usher in an era of change for the telecom industry yet again.  The players will change, just like they changed with the ushering in of VoIPNortel is no more, Alcatel and Lucent merged, and Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and others emerged as huge telecom players.

SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

March 24, 2015

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to get home for the fantasy baseball draft.  Everyone is scattered across the country and uses different methods to call in – people call in from POTS phone, though not as many as the year before, some are on a laptop at home, some have a nice tablets on LTE networks, some are on cellphones, and a few have smartphones over Wi-Fi at a coffee shop. 

Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2015

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s see how SmartPhoneMan interacts with Media Servers. SmartPhoneMan is just like you and me.  He keeps a smartphone on him all the time and has interesting apps downloaded that he thinks makes his life better or allows him to stay in touch more easily. 

Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

March 10, 2015

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When you retrieve a voice mail, have an email read back to you while in the car or get on a conference call, a media server is involved.  Media servers provide the back-end voice and/or video transcoding to/from different networks or to/from different endpoints, play/record, mixing of voice and/or video into mashups or conferences, echo cancellation, text to speech and speech to text, text/picture overlay and simple digit detection to name some of the functions of a media server.

In other words, they enable interactive communication applications.

The MWC 2015 Reality

March 3, 2015

A month ago I wrote a blog about what I’d expect to see at Mobile World Congress.  At that time, I expected to see 5G messaging, NFV, some VoLTE and video.  So how did I do?

Based on being there just on Monday, and based on the fact that I don’t have time to go over to the smartphone and overall consumer gadget area and see what is going on there, and that I’m focusing more on infrastructure, I feel the following is what this MWC is about:

  1. VoLTE messaging is pretty large.

Why Carriers and WebRTC Don't Have to be the Same Magnet Polarization and Can be Partners Part II

February 24, 2015

Last week, I started exploring why WebRTC is interesting for carriers and wrote about extending existing applications with WebRTC to keep the offerings fresh.   But WebRTC may also be a way to compete with OTT apps that are riding on top of their network.   Apps that are free and don’t provide revenue to the carriers.  These apps have taken important value added service revenue away from the service providers, which have been estimated from Ovum to be in the billions of dollars and a few percentage points of overall revenue. 

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