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

The Deskphone Market... it's Alive; it's Alive!

The deskphone market has been left for dead by many but there is still room in the space for the device to...

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Congrats to TMC Customer Phone.com

Hats off to Phone.com for big customer wins in 2016. The cloud communications company landed new partners and clients like StructuredWeb, Liftmaster and The City of Newark....

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WebRTC MCU Architecture - All For One And One For All

The conferencing market is huge. It was expected to be over $2B in size in 2016.  And with good reason – it fulfills...

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The Fight to Make a Living in Cloud

How many articles and keynotes have been about how channel partners aren't jumping into cloud? I find it funny that it...

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Raven Guru The "Just Right" Marketing Agency

Not too big, not too small. All the experience, none of the fat.David Byrd is one of the more experienced marketers in...

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Just 18% of Computer Science Degrees go to Women

It seems, there are subtle messages we send to girls in school which may keep them from pursuing STEM study and careers....

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Stay Away From Best Buy Geek Squad?

Best Buy Geek Squad has been in the middle of a storm of media criticism as it seems the FBI has paid...

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Musings on the Polycom Deal

April 18, 2016

So MITEL is getting bigger by buying Polycom. It had been rumored for weeks and now finally hits the news.

I wonder if Polycom saw the writing on the wall that the battle is going to come down to Microsoft versus Cisco? Motley Fool thinks that is why the OTT ITSP 3Some - 8x8, RC and Vonage - all had a bad day at the stock market.

TelePacific Rolling Out SD-WAN

April 18, 2016

In this fourteen minute podcast with TelePacific's SVP of Marketing, Dave Zahn, talks with me about SD-WAN and how TelePacific is rolling it out. SD-WAN isn't a product. The deployment of SD-WAN by a carrier allows for service offerings around service delivery and managed services.

As SAAS and OTT (over-the-top) VoIP and video become ubiquitous in today's business environment, quality of service will become an issue.

Velocloud Talks SD-WAN

April 18, 2016

The next chapter in SD-WAN here at On RAD's Radar is a podcast with Mike Wood, VP of Marketing at VeloCloud Networks, Inc..

From a press release when Velocloud was named a TMC 2016 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award winner: "VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables enterprises to support application growth, network agility and simplified branch implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private data centers and enterprise applications. Global service providers are able to increase revenue, deliver advanced services and increase flexibility by delivering elastic transport, performance for cloud applications, and integrated advanced services all via a zero-touch deployment model." We go into that during the eighteen and one-half minute podcast.

I don't put stock in these predictions, but here they are: "SD-WAN market will hit $6B by 2020." I will say that a number of carriers will be utilizing SD-WAN as a managed service offering and as a way to improve the customer experience.

Rural Acquisitions Happen Too

April 18, 2016

What if you were a company that long ago was created to be a volume buying group for RLECs and owned by a bunch of IOCs? Then time passes and long distance minutes are declining. The FCC mandates that even RLECs have to transition from TDM to IP for voice. Oh, and that RLEC funding through the Universal Service fund was going to transition from voice lines to broadband lines.

This Might Be Big

April 15, 2016

As I mentioned after Vegas, MITEL is buying Polycom for almost $2B according to Reuters.

Polycom brand to be retained, but the execs at Polycom lost this battle. CEO and CFO of MITEL stay in roles and the combined org is headquartered in Canada, much to the delight of Canada and the tax burdens.

MITEL bought Aastra in 2014 for $400M.

Why Did Google Add Landline?

April 14, 2016

Google decided that they needed to add voice to offer a triple-play. So for $10 you can have a landline equivalent. I have a bunch of questions.

One, if you only have 120,000 subscribers*, do you think that not having triple-play was the problem?

SD-WAN Mid-Month Overview

April 14, 2016

Rich Tehrani's blog post about his interview with Talari Networks is good info about SD-WAN.

What is the big deal about SD-WAN? Good question because you are going to be hearing a lot more about it. Smart carriers are already testing it.

The INCOMPAS Mission

April 13, 2016

INCOMPAS still has a mission in DC. At the east coast show in Washington, FCC Chairman Wheeler came to talk to the association and its members with a message that we still need Competition.

He says that as Charter is set to eat two cablecos to become almost as large as Comcast. After AT&T just bought DirecTV.

Telecom Tidbits (Part 2432)

April 11, 2016

VoIP and QoS

Patton started embedding PacketSmart into its SmartNode VoIP CPE. Considering the quality issues on broadband, this is a good move.

Crappy call quality on cell phones lowered the bar enough that VoIP was able to take over on the wireline side.

The Channel Target Cycle

April 8, 2016

In 2006, the shift in targeting went from anyone to a master agent model, where smaller agents rolled up into a larger master agent. The resources were allocated to the masters (and their sub-agents).

In about 2008, the target became VARs. Agents just weren't selling any of the new carriers or new services. Agents weren't selling cloud.

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