Suzanne Bowen : Monetizing IP Communications
Suzanne Bowen
37 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

Target and Casper, Retail is now like Telecom

Retailers are now a lot like broadband providersCasper sells a mattress that rolls up and comes in a box and has rave...

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Merger Synergies and CX

Sonus is merging with GENBAND. Last year Sonus bought Taqua for $20M. The talk is all about synergies and higher EBITDA....

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Telecom Tidbits # 2457

Some help with Robocalls. Pass it along. Private equity firm, TPG, last year acquired RCN and Grande. Now they are grabbing...

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Is the Cisco VNI Right?

I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it...

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What Happened to LinkedIn?

This week there have been two posts on my feed about "We can connect but don't spam me!" The discussion was...

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If Starting Today as an Agent

If I was starting my telecom agency today, what would I do? When I started in 1999, I was selling basically...

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The Rise of AI in Communications

Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to thinkData, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked? As economical compute power...

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Free mobile roaming in 22 countries

August 10, 2008

There are no USA mobile companies who offer me this opportunity, but I found it somewhere else. Zain.

Zain Group ( formerly MTC or Mobile Telecommunications Company) is Multinational Corporation specializing in Mobile Telecommunications. Its area of operations include the seven countries in the Middle East, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Sudan ,and in Lebanon as mtc touch, and in 15 sub-Saharan countries in Africa Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Gabon,Ghana Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Free roaming in 22 countries!
 


USF funds and issues, quite global

August 7, 2008

First, in case, you're not familiar with USF. Wikipedia does a good job among its global contributors in defining and describing it. USA "was created by the United States Federal Communications Commission in 1997 to meet the goals of Universal Service as mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The 1996 Act states that all providers of telecommunications services should contribute to federal universal service in some equitable and nondiscriminatory manner; there should be specific, predictable, and sufficient Federal and State mechanisms to preserve and advance universal service; all schools, classrooms, health care providers, and libraries should, generally, have access to advanced telecommunications services; and finally, that the Federal-State Joint Board and the FCC should determine those other principles that, consistent with the 1996 Act, are necessary to protect the public interest."

I'm in Karachi for a couple weeks to participate in ITCN Asia and visit with some of the 10,000 or so extremely valuable ITSPs we serve with DIDX.

Ethnocentricity De-$tizes IP Communcations...

August 6, 2008

and really just about anything. I first participated in a debate regarding the concept, benefits, and disadvantages of ethnocentrism in 1980 during an Economic Geography class under a professor Dr. Doerr at the University of West Florida. In Wikipedia, it is defined as "Ethnocentrism is the tendency to look at the world primarily from the perspective of one's own culture. Ethnocentrism often entails the belief that one's own race or ethnic group is the most important and/or that some or all aspects of its culture are superior to those of other groups." Laura Guevin refers to it in her 2000 article, in a positive way.

This is one of the biggest blocks to moving a company ahead in the global economy of IP communications.

TMC University and other ITEXPO West 2008 Educational Opps

July 30, 2008

Pilates Anyone?

July 30, 2008

Using IAX2 for your VoIP Business?

July 29, 2008

Let me give you a chance to further $$$tize IP communications by offering for you to share your IAX2 vs SIP protocol experience in using DIDX. Each person who uses IAX2, SIP, or a combination AND also DIDX who answers this survey fully with complete contact information to me on Facebook or my regular email will  be entered in a drawing for  $100 gas card or a $100 American Airlines voucher. I want to hear from you. Email me on my regular email or on Facebook with these answers and your name, phone number and email where I can contact you ASAP.

Again, please reply to this survey asap, plus your name, company, DIDX account number, cell phone and email for contact, so I can call you about your answers.

Update All Social Networks with Biz Message: Ping.fm

July 27, 2008

Hunter Newby and Effective Youtube Use

July 23, 2008

Have you taken a look at the excellent way that Hunter Newby and telxGroup has used Youtube? It's all about the customers and friends, not telxGroup, refreshing. They are one of the first in the IP communications industry to effectively capitalize on the value of online video via Youtube. They've interviewed Vic Bozzo, Tesh Durvasula, Shrihari Pandit, Scott Charter, Jim Diestel, Eric Shepcaro, Bill Kosnik, George Eichelberger, Peter Petronzi, Patrick Tata, Jean Gottscha, Kevin Coyne, myself and more.

Jaxtr One-Number Dialing in India

July 23, 2008

Jaxtr has launched one-number dialing in India. What will this do for you and me?

1. Save money on international calls, in some cases as low as 1 cent or 43 paisa per minute.

Beware of the Jabberwocky: Chargebacks

July 22, 2008

Credit card fraud and chargbacks are a number one nuisance and detractor from "monetizing IP communications." The FBI's Financial Report to the Public for 2007 report losses of $52.6 billion, affecting 9.91 million Americans alone. (Quoting Redif)

According to a recent survey of 112 DIDX members (wired and wireless carriers and mashups) 39% said that online credit card fraud is a major obstacle to realizing their financial potential.

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