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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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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Want to Get into the VoIP Industry? Try Temporary Job

September 14, 2009

In between jobs and/or are an entrepreneur and feel stuck? Try keeping tabs on temporary job services such as on VoIP Monitor for jobs in IP communications, Simply Hired, and GigaOM. Many are with large companies such as Raytheon, Volt Information, Cisco, Mirrant, Sapphire Technologies, and Expedia. 

I'll never forget a sort of mid-life crisis I had between my English teaching years and starting a VoIP company in 1999. I was working both for about three years, very difficult while keeping homelife happy as possible same time.
 
I left teaching and signed up with Kelly Services where I worked during the day with temporary jobs that involved web editing, media intranet libraries, attorney assisting, John Deere factory inventory, CLEC order fulfillment, and even database work with hunting club and forest foliage for International Paper. This way I was able to work fulltime with our startup while getting the income needed from K.S.

I'm not sharing anything new under the sun, but simply wanted to remind readers who have lost their jobs, have had hours cut back or just want to go in a new direction...





Popularity of Africa for Local Presence and Outsourcing

September 14, 2009

Just read an email newsletter from Inveneo, the organization that has since 2006, with their Certified ICT Partners have delivered solutions to more than 300 communities in 23 countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, but now also in Nepal, and Bangladesh. There are now 48 Inveneo Certified ICT Partners in 16 countries. Inveneo and their partners have brought access to life-changing ICTs to more than 800,000 people in rural and underserved areas of the developing world. That is an item to brag about. 

Africa is getting popular.

Highly Recommend ITEXPO West and SUPERCOMM

August 28, 2009

Both conferences attract a huge and robust mix of professionals, developers, early adopters, SMEs, voip companies, anything over IP companies, and more which results in exciting discussions and new innovations. When a conference only concentrates on one type of participant, the results will be the same as always. 

I'll be at ITEXPO West Sept. 1-3, 2009 in L.A. If you haven't signed up, do it now. Stay in the Westin Bonaventura right near the conference center or the Stay Hostel about a mile away, whatever is your budget. 

Save time in your calendar also to attend SUPERCOMM in Chicago, IL, scheduled Oct. 21-23, 2009. 

But consider exhibiting at both shows each year.





Have you heard about the new kid in town? TelecomYou

August 26, 2009

A Women, a Latino, a Successful VoIP Businesswoman

August 26, 2009

I can't help but repeat in my mind over and over Ilene Adler's references to male chauvinism or mistreatment of women, "We have to make it happen, take action, make waves, collaborate, pitch the best people to the world whether they are men or women." 

Exactly! Rather than nag, complain and cause drama, I believe in action, rational action that will innovate new empowering possibilities for everyone. So, who did I have the joy of conversation with next on DIDX podcasts? Ludymar Reveron, sales manager for IPsmarx.

IPsmarx's New Enhanced Direct DID Solution Version VI

August 26, 2009

Have you heard? IPsmarx Technology, oh yes, they know that we may be calling each other in the future via our DNA number, our real name, telepathy, SIP address only, or some other method of identification of the one you want to call and be called by. For now, the company is doing something very interesting! 

They offer an Enhanced Direct DID Solution Version VI which allows service providers to deliver to their customers with an affordable medium through which they can make international calls.  Through this solution, calls are routed through a landline phone or cell phone eliminating the need for your customers to have internet access or an IP phone. 

What's wrong with that? It's convenient.



Interview VoIP Historians, Haider on Aplio and Net2Phone

August 24, 2009

Remember Aplio and Net2phone? Immerse yourself in Internet telephony history with Haider Ali. Rehan Allahwala (inventor of DIDX and Virtual Phone Line) and I (vice president of Super Technologies and DIDX) interviewed Haider who is a house-hold name in technology in the Middle East and Pakistan. We took advantage of the press room at CommunicAsia in Singapore 2009 where we were media partner. The video interview is on Youtube.

Back in the mid '90s, early technology adopters, both technically savvy and not, became interested in internet telephony. (I was one where I used Vocaltec's Internet Phone in my 8th grade middle school English classroom to augment reading, writing, and speaking in standard English.) 

Haider Ali had a friend who told him about Net2phone, to make calls over the Internet cheap, like 30 cents per minutes, Haider went to New York to meet Jordan Katz about this.



David Moodley of Infineon Shares 7 Myths about VoIP

August 21, 2009

Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills May Soon Have DID from up to 60 Countries

August 21, 2009

4G Wireless Evolution Pairs with ITEXPO West Sept 1-3, 2009

August 20, 2009

4G Wireless Evolution Visionaries (Sept 1-3, 2009 in Los Angeles) Include:
Bill Goodman
Director of the Converged Services Architecture
Verizon
Session: Enabling the App Store:The Network Operators Perspective

Shawn Molodow
Director, Market Development
Clearwire
Session: Beyond the Phone: Mobile Internet Devices

Mark Pecen
V.P. Network Architecture
Research in Motion
Session: Beyond the Phone: Mobile Internet Devices

Paul Vroomen
CEO
Sandbridge Technologies
Session: Does Your 4G Device Communicate or Compute

Kenneth Gawelek
Worldwide Head of WiMAX
Cisco
Session: Stimulating Rural WiMAX

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