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What Business Model Should the VAR Examine?

March 30, 2015

So many keynotes (and channel strategists) have suggested that for channel partners to be successful going forward they would have to do 3 things:

  1. Perform R&D and develop some IP
  2. Build their own cloud services
  3. Go beyond brokerage to systems integration

Storagecraft writes, "According to a study by CompTIA, four out of 10 IT companies are monitoring the impact cloud computing has on the MSP market before deciding to offer managed services."

"ScanSource CTO Greg Dixon explains why it's imperative for solution providers to build managed services into their product offerings in order to boost recurring revenue and expand their value add." [source]

Let's examine each one.

First, the Duopoly doesn't even do research. They have industry labs (e.g., CableLabs) and vendors that do the research and development.

At the FCC

February 24, 2015

While a lot is happening at the FCC, I haven't written much about it. My focus has been elsewhere - and most readers couldn't care less about regulatory. That said the USF Reform is still going on, including E-Rate program changes, Rural Broadband experiments, and CAF funding fights (between WISPs and ILECs). The AWS-3 spectrum auction had 4 big winners: VZW, ATT, DISH and the FCC coffers to the tune of $40 billion.

The Wholesale Paradox

February 11, 2015

The FCC is voting on the anti-muni laws this month. Quite a few states - triggered by the big money of the Duopoly - have passed laws outlawing government broadband networks. The FCC sees the Chattanooga Gig Initiative by municipal provider EPB as its model. It isn't quite the model.

Do Network Upgrades Matter

February 11, 2015

AT&T is upgrading some U-Verse areas to 75 Mbps. Is this in response to the new FCC definition of broadband?

Indiana Fiber Network is upgrading to 100G. IFN is owned by 20 LECs in the state that put 3500 route miles of fiber in the ground touching about 4000 buildings.

Big upgrades - are you in Indiana?

End of Year Tidbits

December 22, 2014

Stop watching the news. Seriously. It's nothing but depressing stuff. It is no way to end the day (go to sleep) or no way to start the day. Read something for 15 minutes instead.

More Verizon Netflix Buffering

July 11, 2014

On Verizon's public policy blog, there is a response to the Netflix buffering issue - sort of. It's kind of funny. "Verizon received an email from a customer in Los Angeles asking why he was not getting a good experience watching Netflix on his 75 Mbps FiOS connection." So you sold a customer a 75MB broadband circuit -- something that they would NEVER fully utilize. And then they can't get a 3MB video stream.

Looking Beyond the Quarter (or the Month)

June 10, 2014

Great thought this morning from Nicholas Bate:

Clear objectives for the quarter-rewarded by bonuses/or not-do tend to get individuals to focus on the quarter. But what's getting them to give attention to the longer term, the neglect of which has been the demise of all once robust, thriving and great firms?

Yesterday, Hugh MacLeod took a shot at high quota as a de-motivator. "when it comes to leading a team, you have to set achievable goals. Build your momentum.

3 Top Trends That Will Affect Telecom in 2014

December 30, 2013

I was reading the Stratfor intelligence newsletter with its Top 5 Trends That Will Shape 2014. It's an interesting list.

  1. An enduring detente between Iran and the United States
  2. The rise of nationalist and extremist parties in Europe
  3. Russia and Germany bargain over Central/Eastern Europe and energy policy
  4. China's return to strongman politics
  5. Domestic turmoil and economic stress in India and Turkey

Another article mentioned that Israel is having a water shortage. People joke about water being what we fight the next world war over, but it isn't much of a joke.

Why Our Duopoly Doesn't Work

November 8, 2013

The FCC starting with Chairman Powell did everything it could to get to a Duopoly. There were some crumbs given to alternatives but mainly just crushing blows (Brand-X, DSL, etc.). Granted, WISPA won the 3650 MHz battle and many non-ILECs won BTOP and BIB money, but we are stuck with a Duopoly for most services. It is cable or ILEC.

Will UC Work or Is It a Question of Money?

October 21, 2013

I see this often enough: UC firm nabs funding. In this case, Thinking Phone Networks got $10M in funding to bring the total to $31M. Thinking Phones has been around since 2006. Maybe UC just isn't going to work.

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