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Coming of the Mobile Advertising Age

Many of you probably know about the yearly Internet Trends report that comes out from Mary Meeker.  There is always a lot...

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Procera Helps Carriers Shape Even Encrypted Traffic

One of the biggest challenges for network operators is certainly dealing with the growth of network traffic in a margin-compression environment. Video...

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MultiTech Intros New 4G-LTE Cat 1 and LoRa Solutions

For anyone who worked with PCs during the 1980s they remember MultiTech as a major player in the world of modems. In...

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Cybersecurity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

There are perhaps four major cybersecurity incidents in my mind which are world-changing. The first is the OPM data breach which allowed...

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Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - Enterprises

From an enterprise value-added services perspective, voice conferencing could be a good one.  Enterprises still need to host conferences, so conferences that...

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Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - Leveraging the Device

Looking at the subscriber from a different perspective, that is, one who is going to use the mobile device as an on-ramp...

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Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - RCS

Mobile Value-Added Services (VAS) has historically meant any kind of service beyond voice where the service provider could charge an additional fee....

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Winstream's Blunder Customers, Agents Are Paying For

February 22, 2016

In the news, Windstream on its trek up-market is plowing through a field of customers and partners.

"In December, Windstream sent letters to 171 small-to-midsized business (SMB) customers and their partners explaining that negative or low-margin accounts would be subject to significant rate increases, or these customers were also given the option to move to another carrier without penalty. As part of an ongoing effort, more letters will be delivered to partners and customers in March."

Is it the customers' fault that WIND signed a contract to deliver services they couldn't afford to?

Windstream quoted an MPLS network for me a few years ago.

What is Verizon Doing?

February 22, 2016

After the rumors a couple of weeks ago that were covered by me, Rich Tehrani, TMC's TechZone and Ramblings, Verizon put an offer on a slightly used CLEC with fiber and spectrum for $1.8 Billion. VZ will be buying it directly from Carl Icahn who owns XO. VZ might not be able to take ownership for 2017 due to approvals needed.

According to Bloomberg, "Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to buy fiber-optic networks from Carl Icahn's XO Communications LLC and lease spectrum for about $1.8 billion, giving the nation's largest wireless carrier more Internet bandwidth for corporate clients and airwaves to test faster wireless technology."

It Will Be an Outsider That Kicks Your Butt

February 22, 2016

Bloomberg has an article about Facebook at Mobile World Congress and how FB looks like a competitor to telcos. FM Messenger, WhatsApp (that FB owns), SnapChat, Skype, Slack, and many other messaging apps are video and voice enabled (in many cases thanks to WebRTC). More minutes are moving away from telcos. At least, the US cellcos have realized that they are in the dumb pipe bytes business.

And Who Else Got Acquired?

February 18, 2016

Who knew that Microsoft acquired 22 companies since January 2015? Here are six: Equivio, Revolution Analytics, Adollum, VoloMetrix and Secure Islands. And don't forget Swiftkey.

Ingram Micro is being acquired By Tianjin Tianhai to become a part of HNA Group.

Telecom Tidbits #2429

February 17, 2016

PRIVACY

First up is Apple versus the FBI over end-to-end encryption on the iPhone. For privacy nerds, Barry Eisler's new book, God's Eye View, was a scary realization that the NSA has too much reach -- and very little oversight.

Over at AVC, there is a discussion about privacy - or rather whether you think Apple should bother - or if all info will be hacked, why not just let it out to stop terrorists and child porn??

Channel Relationships

February 16, 2016

Sales are Relationships. Especially when you are Solution Selling. Even more when you are selling through indirect sales distribution channels.

"People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories and magic." - Seth Godin

Open Source Versus Commercial Software (Part 3)

February 16, 2016

Some M&A

February 10, 2016

ThinkingPhones has re-branded as Fuze, a video conferencing company it bought recently. Apparently they are running away from the idea of phones.

Muni merger in Virginia: "Duffield, Virginia-based Sunset Digital Communications announced last week that it will purchase the OptiNet Division of Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority, which operates a broadband network in Bristol, Virginia."

GTT made another acquisition; this time it picks off Telnes Broadband for just $18M.

By the Numbers

February 10, 2016

Some interesting stats I have seen.

Saw stats that Vonage has 514,000 business seats.

"Birch recently announced the addition of 80,000 buildings to its Metro-Fiber network in November 2015." I wonder which cable provider they signed a wholesale agreement.

"Broadvoice brings its significant growth trajectory to the initiative: It serves more than 200,000 customers, with its business segment growing by 125% in 2015 alone." [CV mag]

20 Years and what?

February 10, 2016

So we are at the 20 year anniversary of the Telecom Act of 1996. So many companies have come and gone. So many billions have been invested. And yet the largest telecom providers are Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.

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