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SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s...

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What Can You Learn from Target?

I was reading a couple of articles about Target. The retailer has not been doing well lately, including closing all Canada...

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Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When...

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How a "Wi-Fi first" strategy benefits EMEA MSOs

By: Steve Davidson, European Marketing Director for Cable, Alcatel-Lucent

From original Alcatel-Lucent TechZine posting

A Wi-Fi first strategy can help multi-system operators (MSOs) remain competitive in the evolving marketplace.  Wi-Fi enabled devices default to using the cable operator’s Wi-Fi network for voice, and cellular equipped devices can switch to cellular when out of Wi-Fi range.

Although nuances in the business drivers for adopting such a strategy vary by region globally, this model turns the traditional cellular voice paradigm on its head.

Just like other communications or media industries, MSOs face a dynamic and extremely competitive market. As a result, in EMEA, they have evolved their end-user offerings to embrace market-leading fixed high speed internet access, Wi-Fi connectivity, and bundled mobile cellular services using mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnerships.

As the pace of change continues to accelerate, subscribers have made a widespread move to Wi-Fi enabled smartphones and tablets. A European commission study stated that 71% of all EU wireless data traffic in 2012 was delivered to smartphones and tablets using Wi-Fi. This is expected to rise to 78% by 2016.

European MSOs have already invested in Wi-Fi and offer data connectivity services in and out of the home. This not only is a customer retention strategy, but also lets MSOs build out further value added services (VAS) and can reduce data costs of their MVNO agreements.  So if we now contemplate the delivery of voice to these Wi-Fi enabled devices, how do we get started?

Existing Mobility Assets

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Is the Time Up on Colo?

October 12, 2010

Last week we saw restated guidance from Equinix about revenue for the year. All the sector stocks tanked, even Savvis although it raised its revenue estimate for the year.

One thing that stock pickers don't understand is, um, the business that they trade in. Do any of them even talk to people in the sector?

Equinix is seeing a downgrade in revenue, because they cut off their Channel partners. When they bought Switch & Data, they sliced the indirect channel off.



Ignoring Reality

October 12, 2010

So the USTelecom Association had a webinar about Google Voice and its effect on the marketplace. They mentioned that Vocaltec, Vonage, ITXC and FWD hadn't done any damage, so don't worry. The presenter went on to say that Google is a struggling giant who is envious of Skype, Twitter, Facebook and Apple. And that Google Voice is no great threat to telecom.

Where Can You Find Me?

October 12, 2010

Last week was a whirlwind, Tampa to Los Angeles to Ontario ($125 cab ride???) to New Orleans to Orlando to Tampa. ITEXPO, StartupCamp and CVX Expo were great. Over 200 booths at the show. ITEXPO gave away a Mustang convertible and Nimsoft had a contest for a Tesla!

Bundling for Stickiness

October 12, 2010

I moderated the panel at ITEXPO about The Importance of Bundling for Stickiness with Cbeyond, Broadvox and Tele-Pacific. If a carrier has a bundle and it looks like every other bundle, it quickly becomes a commodity that is sold on price. Think Integrated T1 or Dynamic T1 or SIP Trunk.

New Edge Networks, an EarthLink company, has stretched beyond the MPLS over DSL model to include other access methods such as cable and EVDO.

Time For VoIP Consolidation

October 11, 2010

There are over a thousand VoIP Providers in North America. When you talk to many of the sales folks and executives, you can hear about the hyper-competitive marketplace and the lack of positioning. (Positioning is the unique value proposition of the service offering, something lacking from most providers).

As my readers know, Net-Head mentality would certainly solve some of this.

3 Ways VARs Can Profit From Cloud

October 11, 2010

I was speaking to an IT shop owner this morning who will be attending SMB Nation in Vegas in a couple of weeks. His worry is How Do I Make Money From The Cloud?

Agents have a similar worry. One reason agents worry is because selling Managed Services in Consultative Selling is very different than selling a PRI or T1.

ROA and Moore

October 11, 2010

A new metric for Wall Street is Return on Assets. A company spends money on infrastructure, equipment, etc. (Assets) to produce goods or deliver service. Recently, I have been reading where the return on assets is decreasing sharply (and has been for some time).

Wasted Ad Dollars

October 11, 2010

So we have television ads running constantly from auto insurance carriers. State Farm, GIECO and Progressive are running massive ad campaigns that I have seen on TV shows, the NFL, web, and direct mail.

It's basically become too annoying. How can they all be cheapest?

Net-Heads Versus Bell-Heads

October 6, 2010

So I gave my talk today about Net-Heads versus Bell-heads at CVX (Channel Vision Expo). There is a shift happening in the telecom world. Not only is the world of IT and the world of Telecom blending, but technology is becoming even more pervasive in the business world. More technology means more problems and much more support is needed.

This Week at ITEXPO

October 6, 2010

I have been busy at ITEXPO so have not blogged this week. There are lots of familiar faces that I only get to see at ITEXPO East and West.

There has been a lot of content at ITEXPO: at least 13 sessions going on at any given time. 4G, SmartGrid, ChannelVision Expo, MSP World, Social CRM, and more, including the usual ITEXPO tracks. A lot to take in.

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