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Target and Casper, Retail is now like Telecom

Retailers are now a lot like broadband providersCasper sells a mattress that rolls up and comes in a box and has rave...

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Merger Synergies and CX

Sonus is merging with GENBAND. Last year Sonus bought Taqua for $20M. The talk is all about synergies and higher EBITDA....

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Telecom Tidbits # 2457

Some help with Robocalls. Pass it along. Private equity firm, TPG, last year acquired RCN and Grande. Now they are grabbing...

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Is the Cisco VNI Right?

I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it...

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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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End of Messaging?

August 23, 2016

Chetan Sharma has been discoursing on what he calls the “4th wave of mobile communications” for some time.  And I’ve commented on some of this from time to time.  He recently put out an update of the 4th wave paper called the “4th Wave Index: Benchmarking the Growth and Evolution of the Mobile Ecosystem.”  It’s an excellent paper.  On the last page, there is a bold subhead that totally caught my eye. 

Robocalls Call for Service Provider Intervention

August 16, 2016


Robocalls have been getting quite a bit of ink lately in the United States.  Robocalls are those annoying auto-dialer calls you may get.  The US FCC has stepped in and asked the US service providers to provide robocall blocking services.  In many ways, this really is nothing new. 

HD Voice Finally Comes of Age

August 9, 2016

It’s been quite a while since I wrote about HD voice.  When HD voice was first coming to the market 7 or 8 years ago, Dialogic was pretty active in marketing it’s importance and talking about it.  We knew that HD voice would be used when VoLTE was implemented. 

NFV - A Big Step Forward In Service Agility

August 2, 2016


In the beginning of June, I did a talk at Bynet Expo titled “Powering the Agile Operator.”  Part of the talk was about how NFV could help power the agile operator.  As most readers know, NFV promises lower CAPEX, lower OPEX, and faster rollout of services. In other words, agility.  As such, NFV is a key component of the “agile” strategy.

2016 State of WebRTC

July 26, 2016


Where are we really with WebRTC?  It’s not generating the buzz it used to. There are not many specialized conferences anymore.  Even the first big buzzy one, WebRTC Conference and Expo, which incidentally is next week, has renamed itself the “Real Time Web Solutions Conference.”  What’s going on?

What Your Life Might Look Like In An IoT World

July 19, 2016

In an IoT world, you’ll have a connected car. Your connected car has all kinds of sensors to detect when to brake, how your car is performing, etc., and a connected speaker that will communicate with you.  If your car stops suddenly and no brakes were applied, it might mean you got into a crash.  If you have the right app, you might find your car talking to you to see if you are OK.

M2M= Wingman to IoT and RTC

July 12, 2016



Last week, I discussed how IoT is changing the telecommunications industry, and the vast amount of data the industry will have to support (158 million years worth of HD video). Be sure to read part 1 if you missed it.

What will happen is that there will be APIs that enable services and applications to be generated from all this analysis of the data. We are seeing API conferences pop up and this is the key reason why. 

Relationship between IoT and RTC

July 5, 2016


Device connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) is taking the industry by storm.  IDC estimates that over 29 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020.  Cisco estimates over 50 billion connected devices.  And these devices will drive new industries and revenue streams to the tune of over $1.7 trillion dollars by 2020. 

Voice Revenue Decline - Scary or Under Control?

June 28, 2016


In March, Chetan Sharma released a 2015 US Mobile Market update report.  There are many interesting points in this report, but one thing I want to talk about today is that voice revenues declined by 24% and messaging revenues declined by 18%.  Wow, that’s a lot.  And since the overall mobile market increased in the US, that means data service revenue is increasing quite a bit. 

WebRTC and Cloud-based PBX - Can.do

June 21, 2016

A few weeks ago I attended and spoke at ByNet Expo in Israel. I spoke in the telecom track about the “Agile Network.”  Part of what I was talking about was the value of WebRTC and NFV going forward in terms of the profound impact and changes these technologies will have on telecom. 

During this event, I had an opportunity to meet with a number of our customers. 

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