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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Coolest Thing about 3-D Printing

January 8, 2014

WCS Buys Alteva Subsidiary

January 8, 2014

From an email from WCS (Wholesale Carrier Services, Inc.) today. "WCS announced that it acquired substantially all the assets and infrastructure of USADatanet, a subsidiary of Alteva Communications, Inc. in all-cash transaction. This key addition to WCS' network and engineering/IT assets marks a major milestone in WCS' strategic evolution to a true next-generation global facilities-based carrier that delivers converged voice and data communications services through a patented software-as-a-service supply chain platform."

This statement confuses me: "The acquisition brings new capabilities to WCS including state-of-the-art hosted PBX/IP Centrex platform and full ACS/call enter functionality; integrated audio conferencing bridge and voice platform with an integrated T.38 IP Fax platform.

AT&T Buying Customers from T-Mobile

January 6, 2014

The Marketing to One

January 6, 2014

Whether it is wearable tech or consumer electronics, are we entering a time of marketing to one?

The Verge has an article about the impact of Kickstarter on CES in Vegas this week. The most telling quote, "If Sony sold 85,000 watches, we'd call it a failure. When Pebble does it, it's a rousing success." Think about that.

Pay to Play

January 3, 2014

One common question, "How do you get listed in a research study?" My answer: It's pay to play. And people look at me, thinking, "What a cynic." Well, I am rather cynical, but that doesn't mean what I said wasn't true.

Take a look at any research study about UCaaS or some other buzzword service. Is it a comprehensive list of the true players in the space?

Are You Missing the Point?

January 3, 2014

As we enter the trade show season - all 11.5 months of it - here's something to think about: what are you doing with your marketing? You spend here and there on this and that, maybe you track it (maybe you don't), maybe you just look at the sales numbers to see if IT is working or not.

In my RSS feed, many (many) bloggers have given up. They haven't written anything in over a year.

The Ridiculousness of My Cloud

December 30, 2013

"Finally a cloud of your own" by Western Digital. You can watch the commercial here. WD My Cloud personal cloud storage is a funny idea. People can't secure their home wireless router.

The CLEC Cloud Cover

December 30, 2013

Windstream, TDS, EarthLink and Cbeyond made a strategic decision to go cloud a couple of years ago. Acquisitions followed. It seems to be paying off.

CLEC's have a special access circuit problem.

6 Actions for Your Business in 2014

December 30, 2013

Borrowed from this article. Six actions to take in January to improve your business in 2014. I have mentioned these many times before in talks and blog posts here and in my other blog.

  1. Better define your role in your customers' businesses
  2. Evaluate Your Staff
  3. Invest in your staff*
  4. Evaluate your services (anything new added, or old to stop offering?)
  5. Change your culture (or fight to maintain your culture)
  6. Evaluate your customers (fire some, profile the best ones)

Define your role by being clear and concise on your benefits, values, outcomes that businesses, especially small businesses, can expect and generally receive by utilizing your services versus your many competitors.

Email Encryption on the Rise?

December 30, 2013

Glenn Greenwald is the reporter that broke the Snowden story this year. Greenwald stated that the biggest outcome of the story in 2013 is that more email is encrypted than before.

PGP was created in 1991, per Wikipedia. 22 years later, businesses are catching on.

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