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HP's March into Simplifying NFV

Arbitrage is one of the great opportunities which presents itself repeatedly in tech. In the nineties, something called international callback allowed am...

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Independence IT, The Multivendor Desktop-as-a-Service Company

The cloud is the answer – what was the question? That seems to be a common tech theme these days and for...

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Tech to Eliminate Fast Food Minimum Wage Workers

The Momentum Machines burger robot robot explainedAs cities around the country are passing laws to ensure minimum wages are increased to a...

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Advancing Texting for the Contact Center

Last week, we explored texting within the contact center realm.  As texting becomes more prevalent in the contact center, there will...

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GENBAND Perspectives 15 Live Blog #GBP15

Welcome to the Perspectives live blog for 2015. A follow up to blogs from 2014, 2013 and 2010.The live blog officially starts...

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Serve Powerful PBX Market in the Cloud via Wave-Tel

Wave-Tel's CTO and Business Development Director explain why offering an IP PBX in the cloud is so attractive to small businesses; therefore,...

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Sponsored Data Charging - Disrupting the Mobile Industry

By: Barbara Sampson, Senior Marketing Manager, Alcatel-Lucent

New Service Provider Revenue Monetization Model

Just as LTE has evolved to be the predominant technology for mobile broadband providers -- generating an average data volume per user of 168% higher than 3G data – so must the traditional charging model change. One charging model growing in popularity is Sponsored Data Charging. 

Sponsored Data Charging enables mobile subscribers to view, stream, and benefit from sponsored content and use applications over the mobile service provider’s network without that data usage coming out of their monthly plan. The data charges that a subscriber would pay for the sponsored content are paid instead by the third-party provider owning the content. Even more importantly, a subscriber can test out certain sponsored applications and features for a short time to determine whether to subscribe, without impacting monthly data-plan limits.

Not only is Sponsored Data Charging built for massive broadband usage from all kinds of connected devices, it also can support emerging technologies such as VoLTE and NFV. Key target industries include advertising, retail, media, entertainment, healthcare, and financial services.

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Not a Cloud in the Sky - Clear Sailing for M&A

November 4, 2010

The headline is goofy. I know. But another acquisition happened. Windstream grabbed some hosting.

We saw Cbeyond's purchase of both Aretta Communications and MaximumASP for what appears to be 3.5x anual revenue today.

TCA Certified Agent in Beta

November 4, 2010

I Cannot Keep Up. CBEY Maxes Cloud

November 4, 2010

Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY), a leading provider of IT and communications services to 55,000 small businesses across the country, today announced that it has acquired the assets of privately held MaximumASP and its affiliated companies, as well as the outstanding stock of privately held Aretta Communications. MaximumASP provides cloud services such as managed virtual servers and dedicated servers, and Aretta Communications provides cloud services such as cloud PBXs (private branch exchange) and SIP (Session Internet Protocol) trunking. Both companies target small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the U.S.

Want to Buy Some Florida Fiber?

November 4, 2010

Over on Telecom Ramblings, Rob Powell talks about how metro fiber assets are for sale. In Florida, we have some smaller fiber players.

One such player started asTruWave Networks. TruWave was financed by $25M in investor cash and run by former Level3 VP Frank Mambuca.

Geckotech Acquired by M5

November 4, 2010

M6 powered Geckotech out of Chicago was acquired by VoIP pioneer M5 Networks. M5 is based in New York City with offices in Chicago (at least in 2008 when I was working their).

Geckotech made the 2009 and 2010 INC 5000 lists with 2009 revenue of $4.7M, up from $1.9M in 2006. Geckotech was founded in 2003 and has 14 employees.

Little Things To Keep You Informed

November 3, 2010

Food for thought: from @davegirouard: OH at Google event: Fastfood operators know how important speed is to get more customers. Most website operators don't. <-- BINGO!

Dell lost the bidding war for 3PAR to HP.

Basically The Cloud is

November 2, 2010

Basically, the Cloud is here. But then it has been for a while. The Cloud has been around a while. We used to use it to describe the Internet. Then we used it to describe the Frame Relay system when explaining how PVC's worked.

FCC and Broadband Growth

November 1, 2010

Trending on my twitter stream is Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) President Karen Kerrigan's op-ed in the Washington Post about net neutrality and the FCC's proposal to impose Internet "reclassification." Basically, she states: FCC Regulations Would Smother Growing Broadband Sector.

There is nothing I like better than FUD.

Not for nothing but the RBOC's have almost given up on DSL anyway.

The Carlyle Group is on a Tear

October 29, 2010

Yesterday the Carlyle Group bought Syniverse for $2.6B just days after buying CommScope for $3.9B.

Syniverse handles about 90% of the US cellular market, taking care of back office stuff like roaming, SMS, and MMS. All growth at Syniverse is global not national. CommScope is a wireless gear and fiber optics company.

The Cloud is For Agents, too

October 28, 2010

Khali Henderson of Phone+ and I are doing a webinar tomorrow for agents at TCA on The Cloud. One of the TCA Board Members, Emmet Tydings, President of AB&T Telecom, sent me this response:

"Voice is just another application in an IP world. Mobility is mandating a large portion of strategic service delivery changes within organizations.

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