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
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HP's March into Simplifying NFV

Arbitrage is one of the great opportunities which presents itself repeatedly in tech. In the nineties, something called international callback allowed am...

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Independence IT, The Multivendor Desktop-as-a-Service Company

The cloud is the answer – what was the question? That seems to be a common tech theme these days and for...

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Tech to Eliminate Fast Food Minimum Wage Workers

The Momentum Machines burger robot robot explainedAs cities around the country are passing laws to ensure minimum wages are increased to a...

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Advancing Texting for the Contact Center

Last week, we explored texting within the contact center realm.  As texting becomes more prevalent in the contact center, there will...

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GENBAND Perspectives 15 Live Blog #GBP15

Welcome to the Perspectives live blog for 2015. A follow up to blogs from 2014, 2013 and 2010.The live blog officially starts...

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Serve Powerful PBX Market in the Cloud via Wave-Tel

Wave-Tel's CTO and Business Development Director explain why offering an IP PBX in the cloud is so attractive to small businesses; therefore,...

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Sponsored Data Charging - Disrupting the Mobile Industry

By: Barbara Sampson, Senior Marketing Manager, Alcatel-Lucent

New Service Provider Revenue Monetization Model

Just as LTE has evolved to be the predominant technology for mobile broadband providers -- generating an average data volume per user of 168% higher than 3G data – so must the traditional charging model change. One charging model growing in popularity is Sponsored Data Charging. 

Sponsored Data Charging enables mobile subscribers to view, stream, and benefit from sponsored content and use applications over the mobile service provider’s network without that data usage coming out of their monthly plan. The data charges that a subscriber would pay for the sponsored content are paid instead by the third-party provider owning the content. Even more importantly, a subscriber can test out certain sponsored applications and features for a short time to determine whether to subscribe, without impacting monthly data-plan limits.

Not only is Sponsored Data Charging built for massive broadband usage from all kinds of connected devices, it also can support emerging technologies such as VoLTE and NFV. Key target industries include advertising, retail, media, entertainment, healthcare, and financial services.

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Telefónica Bought Jajah and Now Partners with Wikipedia

February 4, 2010

Telefónica is on a roll. They acquired Jajah, a web-activated, mobile web telephony, and direct number call  service provider, in December 2009. Recently they partnered with Wikipedia. The company Jajah is known for its Latin-American audience in mobile and online services. 

"It's a three-year strategic partnership to make Wikimedia's educational content available on Telefónica Web and mobile portals in the entire Telefónica footprint."

A slight shift in topic, I remember meeting them the first time at an EXPO COMM Mexico conference.



Advice from Barcelonians During Your GSMA Conference Stay

February 4, 2010

Social networking online has connected me with some of the coolest people in the world. I even met my business partner and my husband through it. I recently asked many industry friends in Barcelona their advice for me and others who are attending GSMA Mobile World Congress Feb. 15-18, 2010. 

Where to go? Where to stay?

Open Source Telephony and Social Media, Can't Take Them Seriously

February 3, 2010

 Interested in how small and large businesses are using social media like Twitter and open source telephony like Asterisk, openSIPS, Kamailio. and FreeSWITCH? We often want to pretend that what we do not understand "new disruptive ideas and services," i.e., social media and open source telephony... they cannot possibly be taken seriously, right?   One response to open source impact on overall communications industry recently included, "We view these solutions as helping to expand the overall market for VoIP by increasing awareness and enabling new applications to be envisioned..."   Is it true?

China Mobile Adds Chine-Ease for International Roaming Via Extra DID

February 2, 2010

Just passing on some good news. Chine-Ease enables China Mobile subscribers using international roaming services to be given roaming facilities in China at the cheapest rates possible.

`Chine-Ease´ subscribers will be given a `China Mobile´ number, mapped with their ZONG number; enabling them to have two numbers on one SIM. Now, the China Mobile number will serve as the calling number, when the subscriber is in China. The ZONG number will serve as the calling number when the subscriber is in Pakistan or in any other country.

The calling number is switched automatically, according to the registered network and location while incoming calls can be received on both numbers. 

This service will allow subscribers to avail the cheapest rates on roaming while in China and at the same time have the convenience of carrying their regular ZONG SIM.

Awais Malik, Director Segment, Products & International Business, ZONG, while expressing his views said that the new service would particularly benefit people who travel frequently to China and do not want the inconvenience of purchasing local SIMs for making calls .

"Giving our subscribers the best possible rates and a wide range of services is the hallmark of ZONG philosophy.









Need to Pay Attention to Middle East and Africa Telecom Growth

February 1, 2010

"The Middle East and Africa regions represent some of the highest growth markets for telecommunications, media and technology in the world," said Sudip Nandy, chief executive officer at Aricent. "We are very pleased to add Delta Partners as a new investor in Aricent, and look forward to their expertise and support of our business."

That's a quote from EthiopianReview. The Middle East and Africa is experiencing phenomenal growth in telecommunications market and revenue, more so than other areas of the world with maybe Asia coming in next. 

Throughout the year, I speak to thousands of IP communications companies who use our DIDX service for wholesale direct inward dialing. We have an in-house developed statistics reporting software that is consistently showing growth in numbers, companies, and sales in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Some of the most popular DID phone number areas are Vietnam and Kenya.



IPsmarx New Ticketing and Email Marketing Features

January 25, 2010

IPsmarx Calling Card and VoIP Provider clients get two new features to enable: ticket system and email marketing tool. They also invited by the IPsmarx team to participate in Haitian reliefs with them.

The new ticketing solution by IPsmarx will improve the information work flow within your company by establishing a centralized system that can be used to create, update, and resolve customers' issues. This online ticketing system makes it easy for end users to report an issue or make a request. Each ticket that is opened has a unique reference number that allows the customer service and support teams to quickly locate and respond to the ticket.

IP Communications Fuel Haiti Relief Efforts

January 13, 2010

Vocati Communications, a DIDX partner, provides one of the few communications channels that are live right now in Haiti. Andres Acero and/or Bill McCarthy who in Haiti now will be interviewed by CBS co-anchor concerning these efforts. I am asking you to collaborate with Vocati to bring peace, stability, and life repair back to the Haitans. We are especially looking for donations in IP communications area.

How?

SIP Trunk Summit: Compelling Reason to Attend ITEXPO

January 13, 2010

But don't believe me. I interviewed Steven Johnson, a president of Ingate Systems, the group who is producing the SIP Trunk Summit for your satisfaction.

It is scheduled at ITEXPO January 20-22, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. Listen to Steve talk about it on the DIDX podcast. Read the transcript of his talk with me.

You'll meet reps like Graham Francis from TheSIPSchool and also those from Avaya, Digium, Ingate itself, ShoreTel, VOIPSA, Bandwidth.com, Dialogic,  Cbeyond, Mitel NetSolutions, The SIP School, Intertex Data, DataAB, and the SIP Forum. Participate in the complete sessions and get one valuable SIP certificate.



3D and IPTV with or without Glasses

January 12, 2010

I spied the title of A. Michael Noll's "A 3D TV Bubble is emerging" and frankly, it sent me researching the web and thinking about my own fascination with 3D (or even 4D.

One Sunday late afternoon, I paid to see Avatar by myself. I liked it. I loved the aesthetics of the scenery, backgrounds, living creatures and the interesting appearances of the avatars. I thought the movie itself was predictable. I would rather watch the Matrix series or even Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs again and learn something new than to watch Avatar again.

The author of the article in my email stated that Sony seemed to be betting its future on 3D at the CES show.



Oh but T.38 Just Isn't Reliable!

December 28, 2009

My company works with thousands of IP communications companies, CLECs, incumbents, wireless operators and entrepreneurs from as many as 170 nations right now through our DIDX and Techistan services. Today I was able to peek at another interesting experiment with fax over IP. 

From a voip solution developer in the industry who helps DIDX buyers implement the DIDX API: "We just sent a 23 page fax, sent from a Comcast
landline to a Canadian number, received in one of our new wholesale client's servers through PRI.


Then we sent to a secondary PBX where the WebGUI is, via IAX.

Those are some of the area codes that a new DIDX seller will have available.

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