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

Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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Greg Giagnocavo from the Classroom to Communications over Internet Innovation

December 11, 2012

ITEXPO East and West are events that not only place us amongst scores of productive business and technical development opportunities, but they also introduce us to some of the most inspiring technology and communications entrepreneurs and thought leaders. For example, does anyone remember Classroom Connect in 1994, a really cool educational startup with a website? I do. I was a teacher, and I discovered their website after I bought a Tandy computer, a phone line, and a dialup Internet account that year for my 8th grade English and Gifted Studies classroom.

Free Phone Calls from USA to Mexico and Canada via Credo Mobile?

November 16, 2012

Something like that! USA mobile phone users are used to unlimited calling nationwide on mobile service plans, but add unlimited calling from USA to Mexico and Canada, and you've got a dream come true for at least ** 1.6 million Canadian immigrants and at least * 12.7 million Mexican immigrants who live in USA. This does not count in the number of people who are not immigrants who need to call either country for personal or business reasons. The Credo Mobile announcement was made on November 5, 2012: "In keeping with its progressive values, CREDO Mobile announced today that calls made from the U.S.

Sprint Velocity's Tim Johnson on Connected Vehicle and Mobile Opportunities

November 9, 2012

M2M and connected vehicle technology are significant topics because of the positive potential for increasing revenue and exciting diversification of services but also of retaining customers and making their lives more productive and convenient in one of their favorite places ... their cars. I jumped at the opportunity to interview Tim Johnson, Sprint Velocity's Global Business Development Manager, who is also a Connected Cars Conference presenter on November 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Stream it by clicking here and clicking at the end of the description where it says "Download" at the end, or download it here to practically any mp3 player and listen offline even.

Images of ITEXPO West 2012 Internet Protocol Everything Imaginable

October 30, 2012

A flurry of activity ... business development and technical collaboration discussions were in every space at ITEXPO West 2012 and its many co-located events in Austin, Texas. I managed to catch a few on camera. I am still not through following up with those I met for great social media as well as other types of business projects.

Submit M2M Case Studies for M2M Evolution Conference

October 23, 2012















After a few audio podcast interviews with industry M2M service provider leaders and participating in M2M events in the past two years, I have developed an avid interest in the topic. Following are links to those podcasts and detailed guidelines to submit case studies for the M2M Evolution Conference scheduled for January 29 - February 1, 2013 in Miami Beach.


1. Talk with Thingworx CEO

 

2. Talk with Raco Wireless President John Horn



The robust M2M conference program will focus on topics that inform and educate the audience of the latest and greatest technologies, current and future regulatory policies, new verticals, new applications and all of the hottest topics in the Machine-to-Machine Industry.




















Live Demonstrations and Interactive Experiences at Connected Cars Events

October 10, 2012

That Ford F150 that TMC gave away during ITEXPO West last week in Austin was beautiful. Thanks to the sponsors: Taqua, Airespring, GFI, Broadview Networks, SageMCom, Audio Codes, and XKL. Since meeting with several automobile dealership owners based in Ottawa, Canada and recording audio podcasts with Mercedes and Honda ones, I have become a fan of how IP communications and M2M type technologies are slipping into the newest car models. They are becoming more connected than ever in ways that please and put us in awe.

Don't Stop ITEXPO Momentum, Head to Comptel this Weekend Next

October 5, 2012

Elena and I found ourselves surrounded by real gems at ITEXPO West this week in Austin, Texas. Our neighbors to the left were the SpiceWorks and their lovely lounge just for exhibitors and also the awesome team who produce ITEXPO events, TMC (The Marketing Corporation) were nearby. In the same row are some great industry friends ... IPsmarx, SIPROUTES, and Reve Systems.

CoreDial CEO Alan Rihm Explains Cloud Communications Podcast

September 28, 2012

CoreDial is among those cool IP / cloud communications companies who are co-sponsoring the ITEXPO West All Conference Party 9:00pm at Cedar Street Courtyard – Featuring the Famous Spazmatics!! (Bring your full conference badge for entrance.) I knocked on a few doors until I found CoreDial's CEO Alan Rihm. He is a serial entrepreneur who launched CoreDial in 2005 about the same time that DIDX began. In that time the company has experienced exponential growth and is known as a highly respected disruptive force in our highly volatile communications landscape. Ask anyone, and they will tell you that Alan is a thought leader whose company is helping to lead the cloud-based communications revolution.

ITEXPO Party Sponsor OnSIP's Mike Oeth on VAR and UC Trends

September 27, 2012



This is really about OnSIP and their collaboration with others who are sponsoring the All Conference Party for ITEXPO West 2012, but first check out their OnSIP customers at http://www.onsip.com/success-stories. It is a star-studded list that includes Mozilla, Tumblr, TaskRabbit, Pandora (my favorite radio streaming service) and Cloudera!

But hold on, veryone knows what an avid proponent of active conference and exhibition activities I am. You know, the ones that enable attendees to do more than just trading business cards, visiting booths, listening to lectures and staring at Power Point presentations. I'm talking about collaborative/competitive activities such as golf or bowling, All Conference Parties, receptions, Fun Runs, and city tours of unique and innovative technology in use.



Wholesale Telecom Prices as Volatile as Gas - VoIP Innovations President Podcast

September 21, 2012

Since the days when DIDX became an Inc.com 500 | 5000 application partner, I've been an avid fan of the wise magazine and the highly coveted awards program. I especially browse the annual winners for companies that I know personally or that I want to meet. 2012 list is out, and guess who's on it in place number 744 out of 5000? VoIP Innovations!
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