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

See a Top 10 Tech Speaker at IoT Evolution in July

The tech space is moving so incredibly quickly that you have to attend conferences, webinars and scour the news to be aware...

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SIP Trunks and Whaaaat???...Gateways...but not SBCs?

Back in March, I wrote a blog about the PSTN sunset. But in reality legacy technologies are still in use.  I know this since...

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Waiting on the Channel

Whether it is TPX CEO Richard Jalkut or other channel executives, providers are impatiently waiting on the channel to jump off...

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Solving the Data Analytics Skills Gap

Data analytics is doing absolutely amazing things for companies... Recently, Vodafone worked with a venture-backed company Celonis to improve efficiency. The results...

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Don't Judge the Microsoft Surface Pro by its Reviews

Disclosure: we use an iPad Pro and iPhone and a Microsoft Surface Book on a daily basis so you can see we...

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Fax Still Going Strong

Last week, I had the pleasure to meet with most of our Japanese fax customers in Tokyo.  Fax, like many PSTN...

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2 Blockbuster Deals

The VADs (value added distributors) are feeling the pinch of the growth of cloud, SAAS, SD-WAN, managed services - amid the...

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What is it with Agents and the Web?

January 16, 2012

When I skim through telecom websites, it is pretty obvious that most telecom companies - agents, masters, VAR's, carriers, ITSP's, ISP's - don't really give the web any love.

The websites are rudimentary - many without an update in the last two years. A majority are filled with marketing buzz speak that does not clearly (and concisely) tell the audience what they do or sell. Why? You have 8 seconds to load a page and tell your story before people bounce.

Thought of the Day

January 13, 2012

In what other business industry would make it so flaming difficult to give revenue to?

CenturyLink just issued Channel Rules of Engagement (part II): "CenturyLink Channel Alliance, in conjunction with the Savvis Alliances partner program, has developed Phase II of the Savvis-CenturyLink Rules of Engagement (ROE). The attached Phase II ROE document identifies six unique customer types and outlines business rules for each selling scenario." Don't ask because I am still scratching my head to understand it.

AT&T has made it incredibly difficult to sell services in the former RBOC areas - SBC, Ameritech, BellSouth, etc.

Trouble at Vu

January 12, 2012

Got an email that VU dumped their entire sales force this week! The email went on "They are in dire financial trouble and their CEO is facing prison for insider trading for his sale of his stock as CEO of Zenith Infotech prior to their sale to Summit Partners."

Not sure how accurate it is but Vu TelePresence is part of the Zenith World Group of companies. Summit Partners put some of their capital into Zenith Infotech spinoff, Zenith RMM, a remote monitoring service.

Savvis Changes Comp Plan

January 10, 2012

I just received confirmation that channel compensation for hosting under CenturyLink will no longer be residual. Savvis, which is owned by CenturyLink, took over management of the Qwest Cyber Centers.

At a time when cloud providers want agents selling, data center companies - Equinix/Switch&Data, InterNAP, now Savvis - has changed up the game on agents at a time when agents are trying to adjust to the whole cloud ecosystem. It just doesn't make sense.

The Whole Content System

January 9, 2012

Yes the whole content system is a mess. Newspapers, magazines, book publishing, music, movies and now TV - all are old school content business models that are in a state of upheaval. Unfortunately, the people in charge of these content systems are fighting the change that is happening - happening in large part because of the Internet - instead of trying to start making changes NOW.

The Lightsquared Predicament

January 9, 2012

Lightsquared is facing numerous obstacles on its way to launching a nationwide (*cough*cough*) 4G network with its spectrum.

One obstacle: MONEY!  Sprint gave them until next month to start or lose the Sprint investment (which Sprint needs to continue to fund Clearwire).

2nd obstacle: GPS! Studies show that the spectrum - which abuts the GPS spectrum - interferes with GPS about 70% of the time.

3rd obstacle: Congress. A new Defense bill in Congress will make it harder for Lightsquared to use the spectrum.





Level3 2012 Channel Strategy

January 6, 2012

So here is the new strategy for the Channel for Level3.

"Late 2011 was a busy time for the Level 3 Indirect Channel. Our first priority after the acquisition closed was to determine a partner program structure that best supports our partner bases followed by the immediate need to create an organization which can provide greater resources to further enable your success.< br/>"After gathering feedback and careful consideration, we are instituting a model that will provide support at a national level for our Master Agents and a regionally focused Channel Manager strategy for our Direct and Sub Agents.< br/>"Our newly created National Partner Sales team will focus on the Level 3 Master Agents, facilitating the strategic relationship with the Master Agent as well as their sub agent base. The team will work closely with our Master Agents to reignite the sub agent community with targeted recruitment and joint sales activities.

2 Data Center Deals and some links

January 3, 2012

Yesterday I mentioned that Gladstone is the new landlord for one of Expedient's data centers. Today, zColo (of the Zayo Group) "acquired MarquisNet's data-center business in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 28,000 square foot data center, located at 7185 Pollock Drive, will be the twelfth zColo Colocation facility," according to the release.

And the Channel dumping InterNAP buys Voxel for $30M.

And So The New Year Starts

January 2, 2012

NY's Broadsoft based Hosted VoIP Provider, Stage 2 Networks, started the new year with the acquisition of the Hosted VoIP Division of Consolidated Technologies, Inc., a New York City area Avaya partner. Stage 2 needed the growth is my take from the PR comments from CEO Joe Gillette. There will be more of this in 2012, because there are too many VoIP Providers and most have very little growth. This transaction is similar to Telovations grabbing FeatureTel. It costs money to run a Broadsoft.

3 Things Agents Need to Look at in 2012

December 30, 2011

It will be a busy year in 2012 as all the carriers try to synergize their mega-mergers and get their back-office in order so that we can actually place orders.

Besides selling the traditional circuits - POTS, T1, SIP, PRI - there are some interesting things for an Agent to look at in 2012.

M2M is growing. We are seeing that the 3G/4G system is creeping in everywhere - from broadband backup systems to surveillance systems to fleet management to home healthcare monitoring to security monitoring. There are an unlimited number of ways that devices and the wireless network can interact.



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