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What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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What Would an IoT Service Provider Even Do?

Service providers are eager to jump on the IoT train because of the vast opportunities. But what kind of service would they even provide?

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Is Your Business Ready?

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Delivering successful change programs is a significant challenge. Undertaking a Readiness Assessment speeds the launch of new IP services, reduces risks and aligns corporate objectives with your program.

The Challenge of Change…a true story

So your company is planning an all IP network. The CTO is delivering technology roadmaps, the COO is assessing the service portals, and network designers have been architecting for eight months. The program is well underway and people are now starting to plan the migration.

So, you start to scope out the effort required to deliver migration and calculate that it requires hundreds of resources to manage a switchover. You approach engineering to secure the resources, and are informed HR is managing a release program, remunerating engineers to leave the company. The same engineers that you need to deliver your program!

Sound familiar?

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Stanislovaitis Kickstarter Campaign Proves VoIP is Not Dead

VoIP is dead? We think not because it plays an integral part in effective unified communications, Internet of things and more. Plus,...

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Mitel Analyst Event 2015 Live Blog #MitelNext

Mitel put on a nice event in Manhattan today. Wes Durow, CMO made a great presentation on where the company was and...

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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


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

WORKSHOPS at ITEXPO - Open to All Attendees

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.

Meet Dan York at ITEXPO East 2011

January 28, 2011

ITEXPO Moves to Austin, Texas - The New Telecom Corridor

January 28, 2011

ITEXPO West moves from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas taking place September 13-15th 2011. This is a big move on TMC's part since ITEXPO has been in L.A. for many years.  Launched in 1999, ITEXPO is the world's largest and longest-running B-to-B communications and technology conference.

DIDX Reseller Podcast with Xorcom

January 28, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011 Schedule

January 27, 2011

Dear ITEXPO attendees - thanks again for registering and we look forward to hosting you next week. My team just sent out this email of schedules and happenings from the show and it is so detailed and explains so much that I decided to pass it along. I hope you find it worthy of keeping on hand at the event.


February 2-4, 2011

Verizon Drives Stake Through Heart of Net Neutrality

January 27, 2011

My views have shifted on net neutrality over the years to the point where I firmly believe that carriers have the right to recoup investments they make in networks but at the same time I understand fully well that IP communications is dependent on traffic not being impeded by a carrier looking to promote an alternative service. Having said that, there are a number of peering points located around the US – only a few places where fiber exists in enough quantity to allow massive interconnections between hundreds of carriers, enterprises and web 2.0 companies such as Google and Facebook.

Terremark owns one facility – the NAP of the Americas in Miami, Telx owns another at 60 Hudson in New York and CoreSite at One Wilshire in Los Angeles are three of the more prominent locations in the US ”carrier hotel” market. At industry gatherings I have often asked about the possibility of Verizon or AT&T purchasing one or more companies in the space and the answer has always been that it would be bad news.

Austin, Texas Selected For ITEXPO West 2011

January 27, 2011

I have some very exciting news to share regarding ITEXPO. I alluded to it a few weeks back and now it’s here. ITEXPO West 2011 will be moving to the Austin Convention Center in Austin Texas, on September 13-15, 2011. ITEXPO was launched in San Diego, CA at the Hotel Del Coronado and moved to Long Beach and eventually Los Angeles.