Suzanne Bowen : Monetizing IP Communications
Suzanne Bowen
32 yrs in telecom, teaching, blog & grant writing, biz development, marketing, & PR. Favorite moments in life involve time w/ family & friends, networking, IP communications industry verticals & horizontals, running, traveling, foreign languages
| 1. "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition..." Barack Obama ..... 2. "One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." By Thomas Sowell

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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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Friendly Business Fraud and Preventing Chargebacks

November 23, 2010

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One annual expense our company gladly pays for is our Better Better Business Bureau membership. The organization holds us accountable to certain objective criteria that points to ... what else? Integrity, honesty, quality and other such professional characteristics and ideals.

Ask Mobile Guru James Body Anything about Travel and Phones

November 23, 2010

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[11:12:18 AM]Hi James. Do you have a moment? I have a friend who will be traveling through Europe on business for about a month.

[11:12:58 AM] James Body: Did you know that I was in Florida last week?

[11:13:32 AM] James Body: Truphone has TWO different offerings:

[11:14:00 AM] James Body:  - Truphone VoIP (moble apps on smartphones that do SIP VoIP over WiFi and/or 3G data)

[11:14:47 AM] James Body:  - Truphone Local Anywhere - a multi-IMSI SIM which morphs as you travel between different countries in order that you are always 'local'

[11:15:01 AM] James Body: The two can work together

[11:15:55 AM] James Body: I did check Google maps to see how far away Pensacola was from where I was - but it was a horribly long way

[11:16:16 AM] James Body: Florida is just a bit bigger than England!

[11:17:23 AM] Suzanne Bowen: So he has a Flipphone. Shouldn't he get something different while he is there?

[11:17:46 AM] James Body: I have no idea what a Flipphone is....

[11:17:47 AM] Suzanne Bowen: Yes, Florida could be a nation all on its own.



















Need Persons with Knowledge and/or Experience of State of Mobile in Pakistan

November 16, 2010

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All who wish to help out, do not need to answer all the questions, just the ones that you believe you have some verifiable knowledge of and/or experience with. Feel free to answer here in comment or send me answers via Facebook email, on Linkedin or directly to my work email @didx.net. 
 

Also, you will receive recognition for all of your responses with credit to your name, your company and your company or blog website, but please don't forget to provide that to me.

4G World Goes to China April 2011

November 12, 2010

Heard of 4G World? 2011's event was held Oct. 18-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago. It attracted over 10,000 registered attendees and more than 250 sponsors* (including our company's DIDXhange), and had over 150 exhibitors.


Mobile operators, MVNOs, M2M service providers, and all companies and individuals with an interest in global broadband connectivity products, services, issues and collaborations ...


Listen to News and Blogs While You Work

November 12, 2010

As an Introvert and a Lifelong Addicted Learner, I read open source telephony lists

November 8, 2010

 
I recommend that others in IP communications and related industry join the forums for Asterisk-Biz, freeSWITCH, and Kamailio lists. Even if you do not have time to read the posts at the moment they arrive in your mailbox, just filter them to go to some archive and read them when you can. Our company has developed business with thousands of developers and entrepreneurs around the world through the lists, but we also learn quite a bit about APIs, open source code advice, PBX, and such.

A couple TMC blog posts ago of mine was a copy of my response to many accusations by Asterisk-Biz list members regarding DIDX, its service, its website, the customer service, me, my colleagues, one of our customers and vendors and my business partner Rehan Allahwala.

Time Warp ... Well, One Hour's Worth

November 7, 2010

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In preparation for international business  teleconferences, as of today November 7, 2010, we will have to ask first; who observes this time saving and who does not? Whereas, we might have been '11 hours apart' in time yesterday; today we are 10 hours apart in 'time.'

Do we need daylight added to afternoon hours? Some Wikipedia contributors state and believe that "the practice has never been criticized."

But it has been criticized.

Discussion of DIDX on Asterisk-Biz List Includes Culture Clashes

November 5, 2010

As the Internet and mobile services bring together more and more from the East and West, cultural issues will cause clashes. It is scary to see that there is another way than the way we or you are used to doing things, isn't it? This discussion has only made my company team even more excited about serving our customers the very best we can.

Read the whole set of threads in DIDX Query at http://lists.digium.com/pipermail/asterisk-biz/2010-November/thread.html.

Here is a copy of my second and final response on this topic.

From: Suzanne Bowen Date: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 8:20 AMSubject: Re: DIDX Query (Dan Journo)To: asterisk-biz@lists.digium.com

Just finished studying every item regarding Dan's DIDX Query on whether or not buying 50 USA DIDs at $.15 per month would satisfy the 50 minimum DID quantity fee on DIDX. Follow-ups:

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Verizon Stops Fee to Customers Paying for Service with Credit Cards

October 19, 2010

Bravo, Verizon!

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) apparently realized that if it wants to attract more FiOS subscribers, not to mention keeping its current subscribers happy, it should not charge users $3.50 to pay their bill on line with a credit card.

On its Twitter account, Verizon spokesman Bill Kula says the company is going to "evaluate" the fee.

More at FierceTelecom...

I hope consumers and organizations see more of this from their service providers and vendors. It has always made me cringe when I knew that our company or any other company considers charging its customers for paying them money. I mean ... think about it.







Exercise Ball as Office Chair and DID Testing

October 12, 2010

I was discussing with a friend about different In-Country DID testing services. He recommends Global Telecom Testing.

I remember visiting this industry friend at their HQ about one mile from the Los Angeles airport and was intrigued by his exercise ball as his office chair. I have an exercise ball as my chair that I use sometimes in my office and do a few crunches here and there.

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