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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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When the Fun Left Telecom

November 13, 2013

Speaking with a telecom buddy today who is on a job search. We were talking about the industry - the layoffs, the chase to the cloud, the declining prices and revenue. One rule has remained the same: Have Fun!

Entrepreneurs are told to follow their passion.

What Do the Numbers Look Like

November 11, 2013

Third quarter revenue numbers have been streaming out via press releases. Here's a look at some of them.

Windstream's 3Q2013 numbers are declining. "Overall consumer service revenues were $324 million, a decrease of 3 percent from the same period a year ago" - of which, "Consumer broadband service revenues were $119 million, a 4 percent increase year-over-year."

Why Our Duopoly Doesn't Work

November 8, 2013

The FCC starting with Chairman Powell did everything it could to get to a Duopoly. There were some crumbs given to alternatives but mainly just crushing blows (Brand-X, DSL, etc.). Granted, WISPA won the 3650 MHz battle and many non-ILECs won BTOP and BIB money, but we are stuck with a Duopoly for most services. It is cable or ILEC.

UC Growth is Stagnant

November 6, 2013

The case for UC: "The communications requirements of most businesses now extend well beyond telephony. They embrace email, instant messaging, voicemail, video conferencing and 'presence'. Ideally every one is integrated with the others to create a suite of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) tools." Ideally - but not in reality. Hence, the big problem - and why UC growth isn't what it should be.

The M&A in the Clouds

November 4, 2013

Because so many companies are either flush with cash or have a heavy credit line, the acquisition activity has been robust.

Fist up, a merger of two cloud security companies: Total Defense Acquires iSheriff.

VMWare bought Desktone, a virtual desktop company who owns the Desktop as a Service trademark. This will be a nice add to VMware's own VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) initiative with vCloud, vSphere and Horizon View. Someday DaaS will be big in North America.

Big Changes Afoot at XO

November 1, 2013

Email went out yesterday to all the partners from XO Channel head, Shane

"I want to inform you that Tom Gorey, Vice President Strategic Alliances and Business Development, will be leaving XO on November 1st. Since joining XO in 2005, Tom developed new go-to-market strategies and contributed to building significant growth within the Channel at XO. Tom has been instrumental in driving the development of the foundation and programs that led to the award winning XO Business Partner Channel in place today. I would like to personally thank Tom for his contributions and wish him success in the future.

One Year After Super Storm Sandy: Any Change?

October 31, 2013

As the one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy that rocked the Greater NY/NJ area last year passes, many articles have been written, but not much has changed.

83% of Organizations Lack a Business Continuity Plan 1 Year After Hurricane Sandy. But then most people (A) don't think it can happen to them; (B) didn't learn from 9/11 and Katrina either (including our government and FEMA); and (C) people generally do not think climate change is real.

from Verizon's twitter.

Where's the Profit?

October 30, 2013

How To Raise Prices

October 30, 2013

Yesterday there was an article in The Atlantic about a global wine shortage. Apparently, we have had smaller grape harvests in the last couple of years. When you consider that wine consumption is up (and so many new winemakers including Dave Matthews and other celebs have entered the market), it isn't surprising. Plus add Climate Change, which has to affect not just grape harvests but all crops globally.

Backing Up Terabytes

October 24, 2013

I get asked often how a data backup will work when it is Terabytes. Even on a 10MB x 10MB pipe, 2 TB of data is going to take some time. It takes 16 hours on USB 2.0 which is about 53MBps throughput.

Green Cloud Technologies will ship you a NAS and secure hard drives.

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