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| Peter Radizeski of RAD-INFO, Inc. talking telecom, Cloud, VoIP, CLEC, and The Channel.

SIP Trunks and Whaaaat???...Gateways...but not SBCs?

Back in March, I wrote a blog about the PSTN sunset. But in reality legacy technologies are still in use.  I know this since...

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Waiting on the Channel

Whether it is TPX CEO Richard Jalkut or other channel executives, providers are impatiently waiting on the channel to jump off...

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Solving the Data Analytics Skills Gap

Data analytics is doing absolutely amazing things for companies... Recently, Vodafone worked with a venture-backed company Celonis to improve efficiency. The results...

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Don't Judge the Microsoft Surface Pro by its Reviews

Disclosure: we use an iPad Pro and iPhone and a Microsoft Surface Book on a daily basis so you can see we...

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Fax Still Going Strong

Last week, I had the pleasure to meet with most of our Japanese fax customers in Tokyo.  Fax, like many PSTN...

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2 Blockbuster Deals

The VADs (value added distributors) are feeling the pinch of the growth of cloud, SAAS, SD-WAN, managed services - amid the...

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The Accordion Channel Strategy

An Accordion is a musical instrument that is stretched and squeezed while the piano like keys are played. A better analogy...

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M&A Update (#2448)

March 8, 2017

So many transactions. Companies are being bought and sold like a game of Go Fish.

Avaya sold its networking business to Extreme Networks for a paltry $100M (It is about $200M in revenue). That $100M does not make a dent in the billions in debt that Avaya is trying to scrape off in bankruptcy.

How Enterprise Voice Has Changed

March 7, 2017

Jumping on the Cloud Bandwagon

March 7, 2017

More master agencies are claiming the cloud, so to speak. They are signing up cloud providers faster than the ink can dry on the agreement. (Ben Bronston must be busy.)

They are jumping on the bandwagon for a number of reasons.

Telecom Tidbits #2447

March 3, 2017

CenturyLink sold its data center business (57 sites) to a consortium of PE firms fronted by Medina Capital Advisors for $2.3B end of last year. Details were sketchy for agents who had clients in those data centers. And we are still waiting. At least now we know that the spin-off will do business as Cyxtera.

Sales is Hard

March 2, 2017

A few sales reminders from sales training I performed yesterday.

It is all about the Daily Activity. Your routines and habits determine your level of success. Tom Peters says, "Show me your calendar.

4 Problems with the UC Market

February 27, 2017

On a LinkedIn blog, Telarus co-founder Patrick Oborn writes about the fact that 72% of businesses have not transitioned to cloud communications. 72%!!!

After 15 years, 2000+ providers can only take a 28% handhold in the market?

The growth rate of Hosted PBX (HPBX/UC/UCaaS) has always been a hopeful bad guess.

Yes, Fonality, I am Skeptical (of the VoIP Sector)

February 24, 2017

Apparently, one slightly snarky tweet and a single line item in Tidbits - "A head scratcher: Fonality got bought by Netfortis. Asterisk and Genband." - was annoying to the provider being acquired.

I spoke to five people in the VoIP space familiar with Fonality and none of them had much insight on why this move happened. Well, one answer: scale.

Telecom Tidbits #2446

February 23, 2017

According to Lookout Security, "More than six million user accounts and personal records were breached in January alone. Nine major companies were compromised, including Sanrio, the owners of the Hello Kitty brand; Supercell, a popular mobile gaming company; and Popeyes Louisiana Chicken, a well-known fast food chain. And 44 percent of the January breaches included stolen passwords, Social Security numbers or dates of birth. These pieces of personal information are valuable to criminals, since they may be able to sell it online to identity thieves." Maybe change your password from password or your child's DOB to something a little secure.

Is that Commission Pass Through Killing Your Business?

February 22, 2017

Master Agencies are under the same pressure as the carriers: pricing depression is making it tough to hit quota. More and more deals are needed each year.

That typically means that more agents are needed each year to bring in those deals. Unfortunately, the channel is aging.

Downhill Sledding

February 22, 2017

For Agents especially, our business has been downhill sledding, much the way Calvin and Hobbes did it (see HERE).

Price compression on network, bandwidth and voice has become so bad that it prompted all of the consolidation. Cogent and HE certainly fuel the price erosion but agents selling the lowest price all the time on everything is only speeding it along.

Yesterday, I saw an ad for Broadview UC down to $17.95 per seat (lower if you have 75 seats or more).

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