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IoT News from Cisco, University of Missouri and a new IoT Certification Available

Lots of exciting news in the IoT and M2M spaces today. Cisco unveils six pillars for IoT development and lots of new...

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Broadsoft, Nimble Storage, Vodafone, Hibernia, Sonus and other video Interviews

Erik Linask of TMC interviews Hugh Shannon of AvotusMy video team has been at some of the latest shows in the telecom...

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VoWiFi Will Play a Critical Role in Extending Voice Coverage

Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi)...what’s the big deal?  For instance, I can already engage in VoWiFi with some VoIP clients that are downloaded...

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Why CSPs Will Retain a Strong Position in Video Services

By: Paula Bernier, TMC Executive Editor

Facilities-based service providers that own the access network are ideally positioned to distribute video both today and in the future, according to Chris Croupe, who works in strategic marketing at Alcatel-Lucent. Video comes in a variety of forms, its applications continue to expand, and this kind of content continues to multiply, Croupe notes in his recent TechZine posting, Future of video content: Evolution toward 2020.

Calls leveraging video have become widespread, he adds, noting that 59 percent of smartphone users under 35 years of age make at least one video call a month, and 37 percent of this group does so at least once a week.

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It's VoLTE Time

It’s Voice over LTE (VoLTE time). As we all know, the numbers of LTE networks and subscribers have been growing tremendously;...

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Why Google Blocking Revenge Porn is Significant

Amit Singhal SVP Google Search said on his blog today the company will soon offer a web form to allow people to...

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Video and Voice over LTE/ WiFi Requires a Media Server

With the LTE World Summit coming up next week, there will be much discussion about voice and video over LTE as...

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Is Toll-Free Dead?

January 28, 2015

In a discussion with Adam Jacobs, VP at FreeConferenceCall.com, one of the talking points was that the large IXC's - AT&T, Level3, CenturyLink and Windstream - have a vested interest in the $4 billion toll-free business, which Jacobs says is going away. I counter that with the new toll-free area code - 844 - being released, then toll-free utilization is increasing, not decreasing. By their own admission, vanity toll-free is still going strong.

Toll-free has often been used for Branding with an actually 800 number being as coveted as a 212 number in the NYC area.

3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

January 28, 2015

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company doesn't leverage the value of the platform enough to justify the purchase. The users aren't using it!

One reason that UC deployments fail is that "It was sold wrong." Customer expectations were not set properly.

A Quick Marketplace View

January 23, 2015

SkyMall declared bankruptcy. Radio Shack is on the verge of bankruptcy, like so many retailers who didn't pivot - Kmart/Sears, JCP - even Macys is reorganizing.

The price of crude oil is $45 per barrel today -- as Saudi Arabia enters the day with a new after the death of King Abdullah yesterday. Yemen's government collapsed this week.

MLK Day

January 19, 2015

When I was younger I was fascinated with JFK, RFK and MLK. I was 2 and a half when MLK and RFK were killed. I read a lot of books about the assassinations and their public lives. No doubt these 3 men had personal flaws - who doesn't?

What I learned from the NFL Playoffs

January 19, 2015

Yesterday the Seattle Seahawks gave up 5 turnovers including 4 interceptions, yet still managed to win the game - in overtime! Here are a couple of lessons from the NFL games yesterday.

Unless the game plan isn't working, stick to it the whole game. The Packers (supposedly) had a winning game plan that they gave up in the 4th quarter when they thought they had the game in the bag.

It's Just a Piece of Paper

January 14, 2015

In the course of a day, I often hear about agent deals where the agent gets burned. let's face it, if you have been a channel partner for longer than a minute, you have probably been burned - either on a deal, a commission, or a contract.

During the prospecting stage, the Service Provider (SP) loves the Partner. Loves them.

The M&A Picks Up Steam

January 14, 2015

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed) besides "COMVOICE, based in Phoenix, AZ, and Vocalnet, based in San Francisco, CA." The the press release says "Financials were not disclosed."

Another smaller acquisition was snomOne, which became Vodia, got grabbed by a company (which I cannot name here now).

Zayo made another grab to beef up their zColo division by buying Latisys for $657 million.

Broadsoft Buys Leonid

January 13, 2015

Oh, happy days for the folks at Leonid Systems as some of them are going home to the fold. Broadsoft bought Leonid, which means that internally that have admitted defeat in being able to make a portal that anyone would want to demo or use. At least, they were able to admit it.

The BSFT sales folks were already pushing Leonid - to the tune of $3 million in revenue per year, which will now be an inorganic blip on the revenue stream of BSFT.

Is This the Year?

January 13, 2015

I like Salvador Dali. His work really helps me think and be creative. He has a piece called Tauromachia I - The Torero, the Kill (third and final round of the bullfight), 1968. It made me think about all the tech that hasn't reached its full potential yet.

Is this the year that we get WebRTC in more than just video conferencing apps?

The Job Jumper and His Rolodex

January 9, 2015

This is the story of the channel manager who about once a year changes jobs. In this business, people change logos often. Even more now with all the consolidation and layoffs. It's a joke at trade shows: "I'm here just to get your new business card."

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