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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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The First Woman Chair at the FCC

May 22, 2013

I don't know much about Mignon Clyburn, except that she is the first acting chairwoman of the FCC. Congrats!

She will be acting chair until Congress approves the appointment of Wheeler to the Chair. Considering some federal judges are waiting 700 days now for appointment, who knows how long this will take.

Some Channel Changes

May 22, 2013

CloudTC and N-Able Acquired

May 22, 2013

"Australian-owned IP PBX systems company, Vixtel, has completed the acquisition of Silicon Valley based glass phone developer, CloudTC, for an undisclosed figure," according to news reports. I really liked this phone when it came out. It was ahead of the curve. CloudTC was a Startup Camp Comms candidate.

Internet is like Electricity

May 21, 2013

"People there told me that incoming businesses care more about access to fiber than any other attribute in a building," Susan Crawford said in a phone call. "It's very much like electricity. They want reliable service at a reliable cost." But businesses don't have to check to see if other utilities are available -- they know that electricity, water and phone are available every where. But businesses know that high speed Internet is vital to business success.

4 Companies Own the Network

May 21, 2013

Susan Crawford "argues that the airwaves, the cable systems and even access to the Internet itself have been overtaken by monopolists who resist innovation and chronically overcharge consumers. She explained that wired and wireless connections, building blocks of modern life, are now essentially controlled by four companies." TWC, Comcast, ATT, VZ. Who would disagree?

The full story is in this NYT piece.

Do You Need a Coach?

May 20, 2013

"Everyone needs a coach!" That is how Bill Gates starts his TED Talk. We talk about gamification. What we really need to do is treat business like sports. Hey, the NFL is seeing record revenues, which means they must be doing something right.

10 Lessons from Volleyball

May 20, 2013

I've played volleyball for over 25 years. I have traveled around the US to watch the pros live - both indoor and outdoor. I have even gotten to train with a couple of the greats (like Misty May and Karch Kiraly). There are at least 10 lessons I have learned in volleyball that work in business.

What Does Your Customer Want?

May 16, 2013

A great read in INC magazine. What does your customer want? "The reason that they're turning to you and your firm is that they're stuck and need your help. Therefore, you must be able to bring something new to the table."

M&A: 3 UC Deals and a Cable

May 16, 2013

Well, it was quiet, but now M&A is heating up with the weather.

"Private equity firm GTCR has acquired NewWave Communications from Pamlico Capital." NewWave is a cable company in the Midwest with 90,000 subs.

Iotum acquired FreeConference.com when it bought the assets of GCP. Calliflower is a conferencing service owned by iotum.

Are We Still Talking About the Phone?

May 15, 2013

It is still about the phone.

Cell companies are stuck. After years of leveraged cool handsets to drive sales, cellcos are stuck as hardware providers - subsidized hardware too.

Cellcos aren't alone.

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