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2017 Predictions From Rich Tehrani

Without further ado, here are my predictions for the new year!!! What do you think?    We will see major financial problems...

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The Most Important Marketing Automation Webinar of the Year

Many people know TMC as a company reporting on news. Many tech and communications companies leverage TMCnet and our various properties for...

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Foxconn Plays the Trump Presidency Brilliantly

Let’s start off with what will likely be taken poorly by U.S. workers… According to at least one company, you get paid...

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Scoring My 2016 Predictions

This is the time of year I typically grade myself on the predictions I made this time last year. NFV: I predicted that we’ll...

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Advice for Partners for 2017 [podcast]

Jeff Ponts of Datatel; Emmett Tydings of AB&T Telecom; and Chris Palermo of GCN joined the podcast this week to talk...

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$4B Wireless Repair Market Event Comes to ITEXPO

Almost 8,000 wireless repair businesses employ over 20,000 people and the market is growing. Yes, it’s a $4 billion dollar market! Apple’s next-gen phones...

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Ad Blockers vs Mobile Advertisers

In September, I wrote a blog on why mobile advertising is expected to grow based on Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report. Something to...

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A Brief About ANPI

May 29, 2015

ANPI is a telecom company privately held by 140 RLECs (rural local exchange carriers also called IOCs, independent operating carriers). I spoke with Mike Cromwell, ANPI Chief Sales Officer, earlier this week to get the background on ANPI and the CEO change.

This was a recent announcement: "The Board of Directors of ANPI Holding, Inc. and the Board of Directors of ANZ Communications, LLC regretfully announce that David Lewis has resigned as President of ANPI Holding, Inc. and CEO of ANZ Communications, LLC." This came a few months after other departures, including CMO David Byrd. Cromwell explained that for Lewis it was time to move on. After all, "Mr. Lewis was the founding CEO of ANPI, and has led the organization through a tremendous evolution over the last 19 years."

Edgewater-Metaswitch UC Study

May 29, 2015

I was on the Edgewater webinar yesterday where John Macario was presenting the Edgewater Hosted PBX/UC study data. Edgewater surveyed 1250 businesses about PBX, HPBX and UC. The data was good.

Metaswitch's Chris Carabello also presented.

Charter Bulking Up

May 27, 2015

Charter bid on TWC before Comcast. Comcast wasn't going to get past regulators. Charter is hoping that they will with 2 bids in this week. One to buy TWC where Charter will pay $55 billion in cash and stock for Time Warner Cable.

Commencement Advice

May 22, 2015

"What does your college education mean?" is a good question from actor Matthew McConaughey to the graduates of University of Houston. [video on Daily Mail]

It is college commencement time in America and celebrities, politicians and CEOs will be bloviating on campuses everywhere. Here are a few noteworthy tidbits.

Europe Invades American Cable

May 21, 2015

The French group Altice SA, controlled by Patrick Drahi, made a bid of $9.1 billion for Suddenlink - and is rumored to be looking at TWC. Yesterday, during a lunch discussion with TMC's CEO, Rich Tehrani, I mentioned how over-leveraged most of the Duopoly is. Verizon, AT&T, C-Link, Frontier, Comcast, WIND - all have an overloaded debt to revenue ratio. Rich explained that the name of the game is share price and cheap money.

Some Observations on UC&C

May 21, 2015

Just back from the Genband Perspectives15 show. Here are some observations I have around unified communications and collaboration (aka UC&C).

We act like everyone is a Knowledge Worker. That is hardly the case.

Marketing is the Difference

May 18, 2015

There has been a wave of stories about the lack of marketing in tech/IT/telecom. I mention it all the time - and twice last week (here and here). But there was at least one other mention (here and here) about how since most (in this case) MSPs don't market themselves, a little marketing can go a long way. I think that is true for any regional telecom or tech business.

Did You Make It?

May 14, 2015

IHS Infonetics' Hosted Unified Communications Scorecard came out. I have to wonder how they score this. I know from my own work that I only discuss and write about companies and products that I know about. (It is why you are probably bored of hearing about EarthLink and HPBX companies.)

Getting Perspective

May 14, 2015

I am heading to the Genband Perspectives15 show next week in Orlando. Going to see about Kandy and Nuvia plus some details on the fring idea. (Not to poke BSFT, but at least this show has some cool stuff to take a look at.)

While all that tech is cool, with 2000+ providers offering VoIP in the US, Marketing should be paramount.

AOL Gets a Surprise from Verizon

May 12, 2015

Did you know that 2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up - and pay about $20 per month for it?

And Verizon just put in a bid to buy AOL for about $4.4B in cash. (No idea where that cash is coming from. VZ has $121 Billion in debt.

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