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

What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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What Would an IoT Service Provider Even Do?

Service providers are eager to jump on the IoT train because of the vast opportunities. But what kind of service would they even provide?

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Is Your Business Ready?

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Delivering successful change programs is a significant challenge. Undertaking a Readiness Assessment speeds the launch of new IP services, reduces risks and aligns corporate objectives with your program.

The Challenge of Change…a true story

So your company is planning an all IP network. The CTO is delivering technology roadmaps, the COO is assessing the service portals, and network designers have been architecting for eight months. The program is well underway and people are now starting to plan the migration.

So, you start to scope out the effort required to deliver migration and calculate that it requires hundreds of resources to manage a switchover. You approach engineering to secure the resources, and are informed HR is managing a release program, remunerating engineers to leave the company. The same engineers that you need to deliver your program!

Sound familiar?

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Stanislovaitis Kickstarter Campaign Proves VoIP is Not Dead

VoIP is dead? We think not because it plays an integral part in effective unified communications, Internet of things and more. Plus,...

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Mitel Analyst Event 2015 Live Blog #MitelNext

Mitel put on a nice event in Manhattan today. Wes Durow, CMO made a great presentation on where the company was and...

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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... 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  and more in detail

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

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

Teletimes International Magazine Interview at Gitex 2008

November 2, 2008

Watch and listen to the interview with Khalid Athar of Teletimes International magazine at Gitex 2008 on Youtube at

Topics in this magazine give me and you a unique view of the world, especially us in the West but at the same the magazine does write on personalities, services, issues, businesses of the West and East and also the big picture, the world. Some titles in the magazine lately include:

Will saturation kill innovation
Has the clock struck 3G
Licensing of broadcast mobile TV service in the Emirates
IT workers hit hardest by offshore outsourcing
ITCN Asia 2008
PTCL revolutionizes communication with IPTV services
Dell seeks tremendous prospects in Pakistan's ...
Google bets on Android future
Turkmenistan Wireless Internet offer hints at end to state monopoly
Essar Global to invest $50 M in Kenya's mobile market

Save as much as 90% on global roaming: WorldSim at Gitex 2008

November 2, 2008

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