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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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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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.

Should Hosted UC Providers Offer Network?

July 28, 2013

Stage 2 just announced a Northeast build of an MPLS network. Telesphere has one too. West IP, too. Why do these Hosted UC companies need to offer network? For some, it is a way to handle Quality of Service, which is linked to customer satisfaction.

The Case Around Copper

July 25, 2013

In this article in the Tampa Bay Times, it mentions the decline of copper lines.

The number of U.S. phone lines peaked at 186 million in 2000. Since then, more than 100 million copper lines have already been disconnected, according to industry trade group US Telecom.

If You Are Getting Beat on Price

July 23, 2013

If you have ever said that you got beat on price, then you aren't really selling. Or at least not selling on Value.

Sure, you presented a proposal, but did you do discovery? Did you ask open ended questions, probing questions?

Channel Sales Enablement: Part 3 Compensation

July 19, 2013

Compensation is one of the top topic I get calls about. Compensation plans are a double edged sword. On the one hand, it is money out of revenue. On the other hand, it is the carrot that keeps your sales people selling and your revenue coming in.

Keep It Simple

July 19, 2013

If I could give you just one piece of advice it would be to Keep It Simple.

Service Providers whole job (or reason for being) is to remove the technology from the user in order for the user to be productive.

I received a call from someone who reads this blog. He was having trouble finding a service provider that would be a partner and investor in his UC project.

2 Studies and Some Tidbits

July 16, 2013

Metaswitch did a study on cloud + telcos + SMB and found that telcos may not be the trusted cloud providers that small business wants. "Existing phone providers overlooked for IP: Just 10 percent of pre-IP SMBs would even consider getting information about IP communications from their existing phone provider. Eighteen percent of 50-plus-employee SMBs would contact rival providers directly."

Another take on the Metaswitch survey demonstrates that the speed of a quote (and knowing what you are talking about) are factors to the sale.

AT&T Taking a Leap

July 15, 2013

Bloomberg reported over the weekend that AT&T was going to buy Leap Wireless - for the spectrum of course - for about $1.2B.

"San Diego-based Leap also has $2.8 billion in net debt." Which will be added to AT&T's already massive debt load of $74 Billion in debt

VZW and AT&T are in spectrum hording mode. Most of the postpaid crowd (contracts) buy smartphones and use tablets on family plans.

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