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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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4GWE Regulatory Live Stream From ITEXPO Friday

February 1, 2011

Check out the free live stream of the Regulatory 2.0 event on Friday Feb 4 Live From ITEXPO East 2011/4GWE. The event is sponsored by AT&T and the live stream is sponsored by Google.

Logon between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m to hear top people from NTIA, Google, AT&T, Microsoft and more. Carl Ford promises "This is not your father's telecom event" and here is the live stream for mobile devices and desktops.

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360networks Upgrades IP Network

February 1, 2011

There are several service providers participating at ITEXPO, including 360networks. I'm told Randy Muench, President of CFN Services Wireless Division, 360 Networks is speaking at one of ITEXPO's 4G conference sessions. Today 360networks announced they've upgraded their IP network, which they claim will improve customers’ transit economics of scale and network performance

360networks is a facilities-based wholesale provider of Private Line Transport, Ethernet, IP, VoIP and Local Access services. With this upgrade the company’s wholesale customers are better able to keep pace with demand for capacity from new IP applications and mobile users by benefitting from increased operating efficiency and network performance. 

ITEXPO East 2011 Kickoff Video

January 31, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011 Night Video

January 31, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011 Behind The Scenes

January 31, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011 Jan 31 Show Daily

January 31, 2011

Here is the show daily from ITEXPO East 2011 in Miami, Monday, January 31st, 2011. We look forward to seeing you this week at the Miami Beach Convention center, Hall B.

  Exhibitors Dates & Times Keynotes Register To Attend Show Daily : 1/31/2011           Latest Features
» Majuda's VP of Operations to Speak during Call Recording Session at ITEXPO East 2011 By Juliana Kenny, TMCnet Web Editor ITEXPO East 2011 promises to host the leading providers of communications technology in one forum with over 13 collocated events next week from Feb. 2-4 in Miami. Joining the throngs of thought leaders will be Evan Kahan, VP of Operations at Majuda, a provider of enterprise call recording solutions and quality management services.
» snom's Storella to Talk IP Phones Next Week at ITEXPO By Stefanie Mosca, TMCnet Web Editor ITEXPO East 2011 is only days away. snom, provider of IP phones will be one of the many companies exhibiting at the tradeshow next week in Miami from Feb. 2-4.



VoIP Fulfillment Launched by VoIP Supply

January 31, 2011

VoIP Supply is planning to announce the launch of "VoIP Fulfillment" at ITEXPO next week, but they gave me a sneak peak at this new offering which technically was a two-year quiet beta they've been working on. Their VoIP Fulfillment offering covers quite a few things, however one of the biggest is they have opened their infrastructure to VoIP service providers, including an API that lets service providers follow the package through the fulfillment process all the way to the customer's door.

VoIP Fulfillment by VoIP Supply is a suite of services specifically designed for VoIP service providers that increase operational efficiency, decreases costs and bolster customer experience. I spoke with VoIP Supply's Garrett Smith - Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Russo - Executive Vice President, and Donald Stefanie - VoIP Service Provider Program Manager to learn more.

Updated ITEXPO East 2011 Schedule

January 30, 2011

Hi all, the latest pocket-sized ITEXPO schedule for those of you coming to ITEXPO and collocated events this week. Hope to welcome you soon.

Tuesday, February 1 Highlights

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REGISTRATION / KEYNOTES / EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Wednesday, February 2

  • Registration: 7:00 – 5:00pm
  • Conference: 9:00 – 5:30pm
  • Keynotes: 3:30 – 5:30pm
    **Kevin Martin (Former Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Board of Directors, AirWalk Communications) Keynote Added at 5:00pm! Don’t Miss It!
  • Keynote Giveaways: 5:30pm
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening: 5:30-7:30pm (NEW TIME)
  • Welcome Networking Reception: 5:30pm, Sponsored by Aculab (NEW TIME)

Thursday, February 3

  • Registration: 7:00 – 4:00pm
  • Conference: 9:00 – 5:00pm
  • Keynotes: 10:00 – 11:00am, 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • Keynote Giveaways: 11:00am
  • Exhibits Open: 11:00 – 4:00pm
  • International Networking Reception: 4:00pm, Sponsored by Rackspace Hosting
  • ITEXPO Conference Party on South Beach at Mango’s Tropical Café: 9:00pm Sponsored by AudioCodes, DIDx, Eaton, Lockheed Martin

Friday, Friday 4

  • Registration: 7:30 – 3:00pm
  • Conference: 9:00 – 12:45pm   
  • Exhibits Open: 11:00 – 3:00pm
  • WIN A JEEP! Jeep Giveaway at 2:45pm - Must Be Present to Win

Keynote Schedule: (Open to all attendees – Room B217/218)

Wednesday, February 2

  • 3:30pm: Danny Windham, CEO, Digium
  • 4:00pm: Charles D. Vogt, President & CEO, GENBAND
  • 4:30pm: Pritham Shetty, VP of Product Management and Engineering for Rich Media Solutions, Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • 5:00pm: Kevin Martin, Former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Board of Directors, AirWalk Communications
  • 5:30pm: Keynote Giveaways
    - (1) 32GB iPad with 3G
    - (1) Sony Dash

Thursday, February 3:

  • 10:00am: Alan Pound, Managing Director, Aculab
  • 10:30am: Aaron McCormack, CEO, BT Technologies
  • 11:00am: Keynote Giveaways
    - (1) 32GB iPad with 3G
    - (1) Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device

  • 3:00pm: Todd Rowley, VP of 4G, Sprint
  • 3:30pm: Jeff Ford, CEO, Apriva

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ITEXPO East 2011 Tues, Feb 1, SIP Trunking, Cloud Computing & More

January 30, 2011

Be sure to get to ITEXPO on Tuesday, February 1st to take advantage of what has shaped up to be a great pre-conference day of networking and learning about communications and technology.

First up us Ingate's SIP Trunking Workshop at 1:00pm. Here is the schedule for the day:

  • 1:00pm – The Case for SIP Trunking
  • 1:30pm – Delivering SIP to the Enterprise
  • 2:30pm – The Value of a Service Provider Demarcation Point
  • 3:30pm – Ensuring Interoperability: The Key to Service Revenue Growth
  • 4:30pm – Addressing Security Issues
  • 5:30pm – Generating Revenue from HD Video
  • 6:30pm – Wine Reception

Then at 2:00pm is Telecom One-on-One, a JS&A Power Networking Event. Bring lots of business cards and the sooner you start planning, the more meetings you can schedule and the more networking you can do.

Meet With Polycom's Stefan Karapetkov at ITEXPO

January 28, 2011

Stefan Karapetkov is the Emerging Technologies Director at Polycom and I've known him as a voice and video expert since I met him at a VON event over ten years ago. I believe he worked at Siemens at the time. I noticed Stefan just posted a page on his Video Networker blog with regards to all of the speaking engagements he has at the show and collocated events. He is very knowledgeable and worth listening to.