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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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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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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17th Annual India Convergence, Legalization of VoIP!

December 11, 2008

While many emerging and developed countries are mired in over-zealous government telecommunications regulation on voIP, India is a trend-setter. Check out the news here on the *legalization of voIP at VoIP-Info.org.

As a result, the 17th Annual India Convergence conference is going to be the international business deal making hub in Asia for the gathering of global trend-setting IP communications related companies March 18-20, 2009 in New Delhi at the Pragati Maidan.

DIDX is a media partner for 17th Convergence India 2009 conference because of the future-thinking, entrepreneurial attitude of the India government telecom department and its many DIDX wholesale member clients' interest in Asia.

Copied directly from the conference schedule URL...

Modular Data Centers: Partnering with Universities and Municipalities

December 4, 2008

What will you do in 2009? Capitalize on ITEXPO 2009

November 28, 2008

     

Feeling squeezed? 

You've got a great company, innovative services, you're all dressed up and nowhere to go?

Sign up to attend ITEXPO East in Miami set for Feb. 2-4, 2009. Thousands from around the globe will be in one place, ITEXPO. See videos from past USA and international participants on the Youtube channel. Clips of Digium, Celtrek, D2 Technologies, TW Telecom, FaxSipIT, Fonality, DIDX, an angel investor, Trixbox, GotVoice in Russian, German, Spanish, Swahili and English on topics such as open source, Asterisk, call centers, unified messaging, converged applications, voip, voice to email, embedded systems, peering, hosted rebranded softswitches and CRM platforms... www.itexpo.com is where you sign up, get your flight lined up while it's inexpensive, and if you are international, click here to see Coming to America Getting your Visitor's Visa at



http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1264.html  and more in detail http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1286.html.

Eavesdrop on IPiFony and FrogNet re: Leveraging Open Source

November 26, 2008

Listen in on two of telephony industry's brightest minds of Matthew Hardeman of IPiFony and two guys from FrogNet after an ISPCON session in November 2008 in San Jose. Watch and hear at Viddler.com.

Frognet started in 1996 as a dial-up ISP company. The availability of open source telephony software is only one part of the business operation equation. Other real costs to manage an ISP business include price of equipment acquisition, human capital, training, data conversion and integration. More importantly, finding and hiring motivated CS talent must be factored into this equation.
 
The three guys discuss the other costs for internet service providers.



Want to Leverage ISP Email something like Yahoo and Google do?

November 19, 2008

Guangdong, China's Jessica Zhu and Vopromote at ISPCON

November 18, 2008

Zain Group CEO Beats Global Business Luminaries

November 10, 2008

Dr. Saad Al Barrak, CEO of Zain Group,  won CEO Middle East magazine's Telecom CEO of the Year award and Bespoke magazine's 2008 Visionary award last month in Durban, South Africa (where my friends and business partners Herman and Melinda Dewitt are.) Others who were nominated for the awards: Kingdom Holding's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal; Coca-Cola's Chairman, Neville Isdell; China Exim Bank's President Li Ruogu; Shun Tak Shipping's Founder Stanley Ho and General Electric's Chairman, Jeff Immelt.

It "recently rebranded all its operations from Celtel to Zain on August 1, 2008. Africa customers make up two-thirds of Zain's total customer base." My colleague Rehan Ahmed was in Kenya (Nov. 2-7 to catch the predicted Obama win celebrations there for business re: DIDX) one of the countries where Zain was originally launched in 2006. We've been following this company from that moment to now and forward.

Why? As I have blogged before, they offer free roaming in 22 countries (out 190 possible on Earth).



Wireless Broadband: Conflict and Convergence

November 6, 2008

Using a reader-friendly approach that minimizes industry jargon wherever possible, the book Wireless Broadband: Conflict and Convergence clearly explains the business, regulatory, and technology issues of the future market for wireless services, covering:
• Broadband and the information society
• Drivers of broadband consumption
• Global wireless market analysis
• Broadband IP core networks
• Convergence finally arrives
• Contention and conflict: regulatory, political, financial, and standards





Who are the authors? Vern Fotheringham and Chetan Sharma! Check out some blogs and websites about them or belong to them...

Reduce cell phone bill and get more calls from important people

November 4, 2008

Want to monetize IP communications with Ireland?

November 2, 2008

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