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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 »

Video is Going to be Big

August 7, 2013

Cisco did a survey of young execs. They predict video will be big. You'll see.

"A global study announced today by Cisco revealed that the majority of these next-generation executives intend to depend heavily upon business-class video to connect with their teams, colleagues, suppliers, customers and prospects, as well as to help their businesses deliver new products and services."

"The 2013 Cisco Global Young Executives' Video Attitudes Survey gives insight into what management-track leaders aged 34 and under think about business-class video": "Three out of five young executives say they will rely more heavily on business-class video during the next five to 10 years." <-- in the next 5 years!

Channel Sales Enablement Part 4: Obstacles

August 7, 2013

When performing channel sales enablement, there are often obstacles. Here is a look at a few of the obstacles.

The Product Manager can be a help or a hindrance. Success of the product depends upon sales, but sometimes control of the product gets in the way of sales.

A Look at Some Numbers

August 7, 2013

A look at the results from a few companies.

EarthLink announced 2Q2013 Results: Revenues for 2Q2013 is $313.4 million, "which is net of $1.9 million of revenues reclassified to Discontinued Operations." CFO speak. Besides good revenue numbers, EarthLink made the Talking Cloud 100 list, as one of the fastest growing MSPs!

"EarthLink's Retail growth business, which includes MPLS, Hosted VoIP and IT Services, reached an approximate $157 million annualized revenue run rate in the second quarter of 2013." They now look at Wholesale of MPLS, VoIP and IT as Growth Products.

The 5 Things That make a Conference Great

August 2, 2013

I am a co-organizer for two big events per year in Tampa - BarCamp Tampa Bay and IGNITE Tampa. I attend at least 10 conferences per year. There are 5 things that are required to make a conference great.

The Venue.

Sales Fools

July 31, 2013

Tuesday night I was asked about what I teach when I am doing sales training. I said that the one foundation to sales is emotion. People buy to get rid of pain most of the time. A small portion of the time they buy for pleasure.

Linky Links

July 31, 2013

Here are a bunch of stories that I just can't get to write about but are interesting.

Google has flip-flopped on Net Neutrality now that it is an ISP in 3 markets.

How peering arrangements mean that YouTube and Netflix will always buffer.

Verizon Launches Mobile Telehealth Clinics in Miami

How Many VARs Are There Anyway

July 31, 2013

This is a LONG post. Kind of rambling. Sorry about that. But it does have some really good nuggets of info. Thanks for reading.

Channel Reboots

July 31, 2013

InterNAP is bringing back their channel. After they burned it to the ground, they are counting on the channel to come back any way because the money is green. Try to remember that evergreen - even in plain language on your contract - is only enforceable if you have enough balls and bucks to sue for enforcement.

Bandwidth.com will be launching a channel program in September at CP Expo. Remember that Bandwidth also had a channel that they closed, too.

Summer Reading List

July 29, 2013

Last week I gave a presentation on How to Compete to ISP and CLEC owners at the AT&T HQ in Atlanta. I recommended two books: Poke the Box by Seth Godin and Do the Work by Steven Pressfield. I would suggest reading Seth Godin's other books, like Tribes, Permission Marketing, Linchpin.

My kindle is full and I have a stack of books to read this summer.

Converging At CompTIA

July 28, 2013

I am in Orlando at the Peabody Hotel (nice hotel) again for ChannelCon, which is CompTIA's annual event (formerly called Breakaway). It's filled with meetings - 9 hours of them tomorrow (ugh!). It is wrapped around a couple of themes (in my view) - get certified and converge IT with Telecom.

IT and Telecom have been converging for a few years.

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