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

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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7.2 Billions of Dollars on Rural Stimulus

June 2, 2009

I met so many great companies at ISPCON 2009 in San Jose and IP Possibilities 2007 in Chicago who meet the strict criteria of those who would qualify to take part in the Rural Stimulus Programs, so let me get the word out.

Webinar: Winning Strategies for Rural Broadband Stimulus Programs
Sign up for the webinar.
Date: June 11, 2009
Time: 11:00am EDT


Wireless operators and municipalities and have a unique opportunity to leverage the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) which authorized the investment of $7.2 billion for broadband network infrastructure development in the US. This Webinar features a case study of one wireless broadband operator that recently secured RUS funding to build a WiMAX network in rural Georgia and Northern Florida. 

The Webinar will help applicants to understand how to integrate network planning and financial modeling to provide visibility and make strategic decisions regarding services, coverage and network requirements as they prepare broadband stimulus proposals.

Private Industry and Educational Institution Collaborate on VoIP

June 2, 2009

Carol Davids, Director of VoIP Activities and the ITM program at Illinois Institute of Technology, and Warren Bent, co-founder and Vice President of Business Development with InCharge Systems, were my guests this past week on the DIDX podcast channel. Carol shares with the listeners information about the Internet Telephony and Telecommunications courses at IIT and the 5th Annual VoIP Conference scheduled for Oct 28-29, 2009 in Wheaton, Illinois.

The IIT lab offers instruction and practice in VoIP, telecommunications, SIP, Asterisk, IP PBX and more. Check http://voip.itm.iit.edu/ for more information such as a list of current and completed projects and a photo gallery at http://voip.itm.iit.edu/gallery.php.

Encryption with No Prior Shared Secrets

June 2, 2009

ZRTP is a protocol that does not require prior shared secrets. It doesn't need a public key infrastructure (PKI). What happens instead? Ephemeral Diffie-Hellman keys are automated at the beginning of each session start.

8x8 Freedom Unlimited Price Increase, Still Great Deal

May 29, 2009

How do you continue to monetize IP communications in a tough economy? Raise the price?

Rate increase effective June 1, 2009, as follows: 8x8 Freedom Unlimited Plan - $24.99/month ... still not bad, when you compare the complimentary features that usually incur extra charges from traditional phone services:   Voicemail to Email Notification
Caller ID with Name
Caller ID Blocking
Anonymous Call Blocking
Call Waiting
Call Waiting Disable
Call Waiting ID
Follow Me, Find Me
Simultaneous Ringing
7-Digit Local Dialing
Network Unavailable Forwarding
Call Return
Call Forwarding
Three-Way Calling
Online Account Management And Billing
Do Not Disturb
Phone-Based Call Management   I keep hearing of this one company who is advertising their digital Internet phone service on one bill with broadband, cable tv, and voice where it offers the largest local calling service area. Local?

















Set of Printer Cartridges or Open Silicon Valley Forum?

May 29, 2009

Forget the cartridges and attend the Social Media Academy and other great sessions at Open Silicon Valley Forum in Mountain View on June 13th, 2009. Listen and mix with the experts from RockYou, SlideShare, Zoosk, Sharethrough, and Eduify. A miniscule entry fee of $55 for the full conference right now will place you in an inspirational circle of movers and shakers at the forum's venue the Computer History Museum.

The main categories set for this event include cleantech, global affairs, and tech and media. See the full conference schedule.

Making your Website Accessible to Mobile Surfers

May 28, 2009

BlinkMind Video Conferencing Reviewed, Love it

May 19, 2009

Video conferencing... what are the first thoughts that come to mind? It's too expensive, it takes too much bandwidth. We don't need it. On the flip side, I have come to the conclusion that it is a must in the mix of plans businesses have for staying in touch with competitors, suppliers, clients, and business partners along with audio telephony, instant chat, email, and conference face to face.

Russian Government Buys 20% of Indian Telecom Provider

May 14, 2009

Apply for MySpace Vice President of Business Development

May 14, 2009

I was checking out IP communications companies that are using MySpace to implement voice plugins and applications and then checked my Linkedin network to read the latest from some of those same companies, and noticed the job opening at MySpace for Vice President of Business Development... job entry number 687227.

I'm copying here the details. If you believe you are qualified and would love a career with MySpace click on "job opening."

Location: Los Angeles, CA (Greater Los Angeles Area)



URL: http://www.myspace.com

Mobile Excellence Awards 2009

May 11, 2009

I have so many friends in the mobile everything industry, and I hope they all apply for the Mobile Excellence Awards 2009. I'd love to see any of them win.

Submit your application at http://www.mobilexawards.com/ for the 2009 Mobile Excellence Awards. Mobile Monday will present the awards. Award submissions must be postmarked by August 31st, 2009.

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