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Are You a Good Fit?

This is a question you should be thinking about? Is this customer a good fit for Solution A? Even better Channel...

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SD-WAN: the Hype has yet to start

We aren't really at the hype stage of SD-WAN yet, but the potential for this technology is pretty amazing. Right now...

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LTE Market Status, the Tie-In to VoLTE, and the Importance of 3G Interoperability

On March 7, the GSA put out a press release confirming that 2015 ended with over 1 billion LTE subscriptions.  This is a hockey...

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What Channel Are You Watching?

One thing I have noticed: UCaaS sales overall are not accelerating. Gary Kim writes how it is becoming a commodity. The...

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A Quarter Century Intel Wound From AMD and How to Respond

Show me the horsepower! By now, anyone who follows tech news even casually knows a massive 12,000 workforce reduction is taking place...

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Daniel-Constantin Mierla and Giovanni Maruzzelli Talk Real Time Communications and Kamailio World

Ring, ring, ring. Or maybe no ring at all because of the power of WebRTC. Welcome! Kamailio might be at the border,...

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The Feds Just Confirmed Banks are Still Too Big to Fail

I realize this is not a tech focused piece and that's generally why you come here but since a financial crisis generally...

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And Who Else Got Acquired?

February 18, 2016

Who knew that Microsoft acquired 22 companies since January 2015? Here are six: Equivio, Revolution Analytics, Adollum, VoloMetrix and Secure Islands. And don't forget Swiftkey.

Ingram Micro is being acquired By Tianjin Tianhai to become a part of HNA Group.

Telecom Tidbits #2429

February 17, 2016

PRIVACY

First up is Apple versus the FBI over end-to-end encryption on the iPhone. For privacy nerds, Barry Eisler's new book, God's Eye View, was a scary realization that the NSA has too much reach -- and very little oversight.

Over at AVC, there is a discussion about privacy - or rather whether you think Apple should bother - or if all info will be hacked, why not just let it out to stop terrorists and child porn??

Channel Relationships

February 16, 2016

Sales are Relationships. Especially when you are Solution Selling. Even more when you are selling through indirect sales distribution channels.

"People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories and magic." - Seth Godin

Open Source Versus Commercial Software (Part 3)

February 16, 2016

Some M&A

February 10, 2016

ThinkingPhones has re-branded as Fuze, a video conferencing company it bought recently. Apparently they are running away from the idea of phones.

Muni merger in Virginia: "Duffield, Virginia-based Sunset Digital Communications announced last week that it will purchase the OptiNet Division of Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority, which operates a broadband network in Bristol, Virginia."

GTT made another acquisition; this time it picks off Telnes Broadband for just $18M.

By the Numbers

February 10, 2016

Some interesting stats I have seen.

Saw stats that Vonage has 514,000 business seats.

"Birch recently announced the addition of 80,000 buildings to its Metro-Fiber network in November 2015." I wonder which cable provider they signed a wholesale agreement.

"Broadvoice brings its significant growth trajectory to the initiative: It serves more than 200,000 customers, with its business segment growing by 125% in 2015 alone." [CV mag]

20 Years and what?

February 10, 2016

So we are at the 20 year anniversary of the Telecom Act of 1996. So many companies have come and gone. So many billions have been invested. And yet the largest telecom providers are Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.

Tidbits # 2428

February 5, 2016

IOT

Cisco buys Jasper Tech for $1.4 billion, because Jasper's IoT cards are inside GM cars, vending machines and car charging stations.

The number of IoT developers is growing exponentially - "According to VisionMobile's new IoT Megatrends 2016 report, 4.5 million developers are working on IoT applications." According to TechRepublic, these developers are buying into revenue, not hype. Well, I would beg to differ as noted by the shift away from Wearables.

A Big Deal in the Works?

February 3, 2016

The rumors are swirling about a couple of big deals in the works. I think many folks would like to see Comcast buy T-Mobile.

I don't think anyone wants to buy Sprint, whose wireline - the old Pin Drop fiber Network - is only bringing in $581 million in revenue these days. That won't help offset the $33.8 Billion in debt that is hanging over them.

How To Win at UCaaS

February 3, 2016

Wainhouse research says that the UCaaS industry will grow at a rate of 24% year over year. 8x8 is doing that with their revenue. "Total revenue of $53.2 million increased 29% year-over-year; service revenue of $48.9 million increased 29% year-over-year," despite still losing money.

Seeking Alpha wrote, "RingCentral's move upmarket is substantially increasing their revenue per seat and allowing them to drive the top line." Well, same thing at 8x8, which raised its ARPU to $369 from $305 last year.

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