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| Peter Radizeski of RAD-INFO, Inc. talking telecom, Cloud, VoIP, CLEC, and The Channel.

Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running...

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Charter Ditches Wholesale

Charter made some moves recently including bidding from Bright House Networks, bidding for TWC and re-branding its business services. It lost...

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Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry...

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The Race to Gigabit is About Business

The cable companies racing to Gigabit networks isn't about delivering ultra-fast broadband to consumers. The Gigabit announcements get them good PR...

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Indirect versus Direct: the Financials

October 18, 2010

At Microcorp agent show today, one regional GM was explaining that the corporate mentality is that it is more expensive to sell via indirect than direct. I was flabbergasted.

The reasoning is that on year 2 and 3, when the carrier is still paying commission points, it is losing money. Really?

One: your customer acquisition cost and cost of sales for indirect is only paid if as sale is made.

Two: you pay salary, taxes, benefits, car allowance, cellular bill, office space, unemployment insurance, business liability insurance, and utilities for a direct sales force always!





Lots of Shorts

October 18, 2010

So HD Voice isn't quite taking off as expected.Sorry Doug. A lot more VoIP Peering required yet.

Shout out to

Big surprise as Windstream lays off 220 Iowa Telecom employees. It's called synergies of consolidation.

4 Opportunities for Agents

October 18, 2010

Microcorp is a master agent that I have dealt with since 2003. Their agent conference is this week. The focus is on Get Away from T1. Well, that's not the official theme, but that is the message.

Broadvox and Cypress: What Now?

October 17, 2010

Broadvox and Cypress acknowledged the merger rumors on Thursday, announcing that they were still working out the details of the merger. (TMC broke the story here). Both companies wanted to assure customers that it will be business as usual.

Executives told TMC that no product lines were in danger.

Cloud Opportunities for Agents

October 17, 2010

I was on a Cloud panel for Comdex Virtual for VAR's. (You can see that Nov. 16-17, 2010). And I am moderating Demystifying the Cloud for Agents at Microcorp One-on-One on Monday morning. Then I will be presenting Put Your Head in the Cloud: Opportunities for Agents with Khali Henderson for TCA on October 29th.

What Have I Been Saying?

October 17, 2010

Gary Kim writes, "A study of data submitted by 221 small U.S. telcos by Telergee Alliance confirmed trends you would expect: Broadband and wireless are growing, cable TV is flat, and voice is declining. As has been the case for several years, operating costs also are growing while profit margins are shrinking."

So if TelcoTV costs big money, but the market is flat, why spend the money?

Broadvox Inks Deal to Acquire Cypress

October 13, 2010

And so the VoIP Consolidation continues. (This is a good thing for two reasons: I need something to write about and this industry has too many players mucking about.)

Rumor has it that Broadvox has inked a deal to acquire Cypress Communications, a deal that they had been working on for months. No details have been released yet.

Broadsoft Acquires Casabi

October 13, 2010

I received a tip that Broadsoft was buying Casabi and a link to a PR website that had this to say:

"BroadSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: BSFT), the leading global provider of IP-based communications services to the telecommunications industry, today announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Campbell, California-based Casabi, Inc., a privately held provider of innovative, cloud-based personalized content and messaging applications."

"Casabi empowers cable, fixed-line and mobile telecommunications service providers to expand their consumer offerings to include fixed-line SMS, customized information services and tools that keep families organized. Through this hosted application, family members can send text message blasts to any phone number (fixed-line or mobile), access voicemail, make real-time updates to a family calendar, and share a network address book."  [I am waiting word back from Broadsoft.]

This clearly plays into the roadmap at Broadsoft of more MRC based offerings. This acquisition also assists Broadsoft customers in two ways: a tool for SMS messaging and a differentiator for service bundles.



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.
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