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Yes, Fonality, I am Skeptical (of the VoIP Sector)

Apparently, one slightly snarky tweet and a single line item in Tidbits - "A head scratcher: Fonality got bought by Netfortis....

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Uber News Involves Sexual Harassment While Waze Competes

The news of the week wasn't great for Uber as a result of sexual harassment claims by workers via a blog post...

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Forward This Post to Employees To Protect From Hackers

Although there is no guarantee you can be 100% protected against hacking, there are some basics you can share with workers to...

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The Drone Wars Have Arrived

An army of good drones will protect our high-value targets at all times. In February 2014 we warned of the impending urban drone...

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Downhill Sledding

For Agents especially, our business has been downhill sledding, much the way Calvin and Hobbes did it (see HERE). Price compression...

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Avaya Bankruptcy Really Doesn't Bother Buyers

At this month's ITEXPO we hosted a panel on Cloud UC with RingCentral, 8x8 and Broadsoft and one of the first questions...

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How Service Providers Can Avoid Becoming A Bit-Pipe

I was recently talking to STL Partners / Telco 2.0 and we had a discussion about service providers now facing the similar...

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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.

Why Do You Look at an iPhone That Way?

April 7, 2016

The promise of the iPhone wasn't that you could make HD voice calls. Actually the original promise was a beautifully designed cellphone. Then it became more with iTunes and the app store and the ecosystem.

The ecosystem is the environment around software like Apple, Amazon, Google or Microsoft.

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