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January 2009

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Video Crosses the Chasm

January 29, 2009

Video hasn't really hit mainstream yet, except as consumer entertainment in the form of pirated movies, Hulu and YouTube. As a communications medium such as video email, video phone and video conferencing (including tele-presence), it has not taken off yet.

When talking with consultants, coaches, and other work-at-home types, not a one of them wants to do video calling. They don't want to get dressed for it. The office space is too cluttered to be in the background. It isn't as easy as it sounds.

Sutus Delivers a Stimulus Plan of its own

January 28, 2009

Small Business wins as Sutus announces new lower pricing for  'Office in a box' technology

All-in-one Telephony and Data Communications vendor announces SOHO-grade pricing for award-winning Business Central device

January 27th, 2009, Vancouver, B.C. Sutus Inc., the company behind the Sutus Business Central™, a unique all-in-one device that combines all the Telephony, data and networking features required to run a modern-day office, today announced pricing that dramatically reduces the TCO (total cost of ownership) for small businesses.

VAR's Optimistic

January 28, 2009

"Nearly one-third of VARs (value added resellers like Cisco certified IT shops) are planning to grow their businesses in excess of 15 percent in 2009", according to CRN.

The most interesting quote was not about the importance of Managing Cash Flow or How Goal # 1 is Finding new busines, it was this quote:

"When we asked them to rank what is most critical, they said "finding new business." Note the word "finding" because these are not organizations waiting around for Microsoft or HP to send them sales leads. Growth-oriented VARs in a down economy go out and find new customers."

Good agencies have a Lead Generation system in place. But one thing Agents ask for from their vendors (carriers) is Lead Gen.

Where's the Beef in Mobile VoIP

January 26, 2009

There are so many applications that you can add to cell phones to allow for some form of calling. For the life of me, I can't figure out how these would be mainstream - and how there could be a demand for hundreds of them.

Are people now trading in all of their calling cards for an app? All the penny pinchers that were using calling cards have a data plan on their phone that allows them to make VoIP calls?

I get that landline usage is way down as folks move to not only cellular only, but pre-paid cellular.

IT Expo in a Week

January 26, 2009

I am looking forward to Miami Beach next week. I'll be leaving the chaos of Tampa in the midst of Super Bowl 43 on Sunday because flying out Monday was too expensive (and crazy). So I'll be in Miami Beach (staying at the host hotel, the Royal Palm) and watching the game at a neighborhood bar. If you are in town, ping me on twitter.

Where is Dan Morford?

January 23, 2009

For those agents out there that attend ACC Business training at Channel Partners Expo over the years, you will notice that Dan Morford is missing this year. ACC Business let him go during their layoffs in December. The good news is that MicroCorp hired Dan Morford as Product Manager of their Insite Inventory software application. As product manager, Mr. Morford will be responsible for managing the pre-sales and post-sales support of the Insite application.

Top 5 Ways to Improve Agent Training

January 23, 2009

Agents are paddling like a duck in a pond to stay afloat. Always have been, but moreso now.  Many companies are wondering how to get Agents to sell their services. (I get this daily). Here's some thoughts:

Agents spends all day just running their business and keeping customers happy.

Agents Need to Morph into a VAR

January 22, 2009

It is getting tough out there, as the news keeps repeating as nauseum.
Businesses are laying off and closing. If you can maneuver in this environment, then opportunity awaits. No I haven't been drinking. Let's examine things.

Layoffs means companies have to be more efficient and more productive with less.

Broadband Stimulus Bill details

January 20, 2009

More Broadband Stimulus Bill (and here at TMC) info from Stephen Ronan on the CyberTelecom listserv.  (probably in response to the volume of comments from Tom Keatings blog!)

Can anyone provide a pointer to the bill at issue?

The summary of the principal broadband provisions below:

1) $2.825 billion for loans, loan guarantees and grants to be administered by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning, Tele-medicine and Broadband Program.

VoIP and the Economy

January 20, 2009

VoIP originally was sold as the answer to the next wave of cost savings for consumers and especially for small business. Business phone lines have always cost more than residential lines because, in theory, businesses use the phone line more often. (I guess, if you have 2 teenagers then that equals 1 small business).

Now that businesses are looking for ways to cut costs, analysts are predicting a rise in VoIP sales. Maybe.

Voice Traffic Today

January 19, 2009

TelePresence with WBS Connect

January 19, 2009

A Very Online White House

January 19, 2009

Kushnick on the Broadband Plan

January 16, 2009

Bruce Kushnick of New Networks Institute released a response to the Deloitte & Touche report about New Jersey, Broadband Opportunity - Job Creation, Healthcare, Education.

The report states that Broadband is:

  • "essential for the State to achieve the level of employment and job creation in that state;
  • "advance the public agenda for excellence in education,
  • "improve quality of care and cost reduction in the health-care industry."

The report was written in 1991! Dubbed "Opportunity New Jersey" (a Verizon state), the Deloitte Report details how rewiring the state of New Jersey with fiber optics would be an economic boom and help health-care, employment and education.

Broadband Stimulus Bill

January 16, 2009

There has been a deep discussion that started on Tom Keating's blog about the Broadband Bail-out plan (known in various circles as a Bell hand-out, Stimulus package, Information Highway Infrastructure Development Funding).

Attorney Jim Baller has more on the House Stimulus Bill:

  • $2.825B for USDA RUS, mostly for rural open access broadband grants, 50% to be awarded no later than Sept. 30, 2009;
  • $2.825B to NTIA, including $1B for Wireless Deployment Grants and $1.825B for Broadband Deployment Grants for the deployment of basic broadband service or advanced broadband service;
  • $350M to fund state broadband tracking initiatives; NTIA to develop and maintain broadband inventory map of U.S.;
  • $1.85B for wireline to be split 75% for advanced broadband in underserved areas and 25% for basic broadband in unserved areas
  • $1B for wireless to be split 75% for advanced broadband in underserved areas and 25% for basic wireless in unserved areas


  • "Advanced broadband service"=45Mbps/15Mbps;
  • "advanced wireless broadband service" = 3Mbps/1Mbps;
  • "basic broadband service" = 5Mbps/1Mbps
  • FCC to define "unserved" and "underserved"
  • Recipients must provide "open access" (except for providers of basic wireless broadband);
  • bill also lists numerous preferences (text of bill)(House Report)

Coverage and reactions:

Charter and Nortel

January 15, 2009

Is Verizon Serious About the Channel?

January 14, 2009

In my opinion, NO.  With all the information that you must provide them in order for the Verizon system to do "Segmentation", it is too cumbersome. Segmentation is the process through which they decide if the company is VZT, VZB, wholesale, carrier, etc.

If your customer is delivering a circuit to another business, the process goes up in smoke. It's resale.

Everything about dealing with Verizon is a PITA.

A Day of Collaboration

January 13, 2009

Tech Data and Fonality Inked a distro deal.The bloggers like VAR Guy made it sound like Tech Data was going into managed services under the whole UC umbrella. It's just one more set of SKU's for Tech Data's IP PBX category.

New Edge Networks announced Voice Connect as an extension of its MPLS service to deliver VoIP to end offices with QOS. "Voice Connect services include Hosted IP PBX, SIP Trunking and enterprise class features, with a variety of service options for locations requiring only a few voice lines to supporting the needs of large corporations."

Dave's Advice to Agents

January 13, 2009

Dave Rusin, CEO at AFS, has some advice on his blog for agents (or on xchange). I agree with this one point: "If I were an agent of any sort, I would focus on carriers that have competitive sustainability." However, when Mr. Enterprise CTO wants a quote from CLEC ABC, then as an agent we get one. That's how an agent stays in the picture.

Dave, you have never been an agent - and I would suggest that you haven't been an outside salesperson in the current climate.

New FCC Chair Coming

January 13, 2009

Another look at AFS

January 12, 2009

After spending much of 2H09 campaigning for ILEC Forbearance because he claims that the CLEC model has failed in the US, American Fiber Systems' Dave Rusin is interviewed by TMC's Rich Tehrani (video).

My problem with Dave is that he acts like he is CEO of a major telecom company. But according to Inc., AFS is only a $40M company with about 150 employees. It's a fiber only company.

VoIP: Dead or Alive?

January 12, 2009

I'm coming late to this discussion (here and here and here), but I'll still offer my opinion. VoIP isn't Dead; it got lazy.

We have been talking VOIP and Converged for a while. We have zoomed past the point where VoIP will save you a lot of money.

Subsidized 3G Netbooks

January 12, 2009

Effect of Broadband on the Economy

January 12, 2009

Many pundits and pols are pushing the National Broadband Strategy to stimulate the economy. Let's look at the effects of Broadband on the Economy:

First, there is the Lake County Florida case: "Our econometric model shows that Lake County has experienced approximately 100% greater growth in economic activity - a doubling - relative to comparable Florida counties since making its municipal broadband network generally available to businesses and municipal institutions in the county. ...

Customer Retention is Job 1 for Agents

January 12, 2009

I blogged to my clients this morning that they need to be spending their time on customer retention as much as on acquisition. Then I got my Monday morning email that stated:

CUSTOMER RETENTION - If you aren't talking to your customers about renewing their contracts - trust me the Direct Sales force of Qwest, Verizon and AT&T ARE.  All three carriers are using their Direct Teams to mine Agent accounts.  -  It cost more to get a new customer versus maintaining and growing your existing base.

HOW TO UPSELL IN A DOWN ECONOMY - Agent Quote - " If I'm not helping my customers with all their telecom needs, then someone else will."   With it being the start of a new year now is the time to set up appointment with your top 25 customers and discuss their business and how you can help them.  Don't assume they don't do conference calling because almost every business does these days.  If you aren't talking to them about it, someone else will.  Same holds true with wireless, disaster recover, data back up and collocation.  Yearly audits are essential.

The Road Ahead: Telecom Agent Keynote

January 9, 2009

I was lucky enough to be chosen to give the keynote for TMC's Telecom Agent Day at the Internet Telephony East Expo in Miami Beach on Feb. 3.

The Road Ahead:  So you want to know what tomorrow has in store? Come to this session to hear all about the opportunities that are waiting just ahead. The speaker will address the trends and the recent activity in the market and come away with a plan for addressing the challenges ahead.

So I would like to know what YOU think is coming down the pike. I spoke with Dan Goodwin at ATC this morning who expressed that agents need to be experts and on top of their game to be able to handle the constant change in this industry.

Bell-Head versus Net-Head

January 7, 2009

Discussing the economy on telecom sales today in some parts of the South, I was led to the following: Bell-Head versus Net-Head. What, you ask. Another way to ask it is Why can some folks sell TDM/POTS/PRI and why can some people sell VoIP?

VoIP is just an application, like UC, voicemail, and conferencing. That's Net-Head thinking. It's just eye pee!

VoIP is an unreliable step-sister to POTS.

Aastra's New Line of Phones

January 5, 2009

 Aastra has a new line of SIP phones out. They sent me one to test. The Aastra 9480i CT (35i CT) offers advanced features, mobility and security in
a standards-based, carrier-grade IP screen telephone. Utilizing the very popular
Aastra 480i CT design, this powerful includes an integrated WDCT cordless mobility handset.

Asset Management for Money

January 5, 2009

There has been buzz around TEM since 2006. In an economic downturn (kind of like we are experiencing now), telecom expense management can play a real role. Hand-in-hand with auditing, TEM is a way to get the attention of the prospective buyer. Personally, I have a distaste for the "I'll save you money pitch", but its what resonates with most people. 

Today, businesses have to do more with less - including less people.

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