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

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If Starting Today as an Agent

May 16, 2017

If I was starting my telecom agency today, what would I do?

When I started in 1999, I was selling basically one product (Wholesale DSL to ISPs). That was my entry drug of choice. It led to frame relay, ATM, IP Transit, DS1/DS3 and PRIs. But it was a single offering to a very targeted market.

Tidbits (Part 2456)

May 9, 2017

BroadSoft Adds PaaS to Cloud Portfolio. Funny, I thought that BroadCloud was their version of PaaS. NoJitter blames this launch on the acquisition of VoIP Logic, a white-label customer that Broadsoft bought for $13M in 2016. As one BSFT client stated it, "BSFT will force every customer to be on their cloud platform at some point." Yeah, it wasn't what they signed up for but BSFT has to feed the Wall Street beast.

3 Studies You Might Find Interesting

April 3, 2017

SpiceWorks study on IT buyers: "The survey results show nearly 90 percent of IT decision makers evaluate and recommend technology solutions while less than 50 percent of business decision makers do the same."

In the SpiceWorks IT Buyer guide, "IT pros at small companies are often both the business and IT decision makers." And no one reads your brochures. Interesting that IT buyers don't trust social media.

A CompTIA SMB study "identified the "sweet spot" of the SMB market to be companies with 10 to 99 employees.

Customer Segmentation

January 24, 2017

"Most businesses, whether B2B or B2C, don't cater to just one type of customer, even if they do only sell one product or service," writes Pamela Vaughan of HubSpot.

The same messaging to VSB, small and medium business just won't work, especially for UCaaS. The pain points are different. The buyer persona are different.

Two New VoIP Offerings

January 5, 2017

IDT is an international LD company doing about a billion bucks globally. Last year, it finally entered the Hosted VoIP world through its Net2Phone brand. Net2Phone launched in the channel. Net2Phone also launched an inbound service (like Google Voice or Citrix's Grasshopper) called PicUp.

UCaaS Round-Up (Tidbits 2443)

November 16, 2016

Nextiva, a Broadsoft powered ITSP, announced at their user conference that it has released a new UC&C or Workplace Comms platform that they created internally named NextOS. Nextiva has 100K SMB customers. It is surprising that they didn't make an SD-WAN announcement, similar to Vonage Biz's SmartWAN or TelePacific's UC-X with SD-WAN options.

When asked if this wasn't just a wrapper around Broadsoft's UC-One or other packages, Nextiva replied, "NextOS was completely imagined and developed in-house."

UC Tidbits #2441

July 5, 2016

So many pieces of news about the UCaaS and UC&C segment that I just wanted to cover the highlights (with links) for your perusal.

New ReportsWeb Global UC&C study:

"The global market is gradually experiencing the transition from legacy telephony services and messaging platforms to new UC&C services and platforms. We expect more number of global deployments of UC&C in coming years, driven by growing popularity of applications, such as rich collaboration, mobility, video conferencing, and telepresence." Key word is gradually.

A Big Shift Coming to Telecom

July 5, 2016

Our sector of the marketplace - telecommunications - is about to undergo a change. Yeah, we have been in a shift for a good while, but more is coming.

We went from TDM to VoIP to Hosted PBX to UCaaS to UC&C.

We went from T1 to cable broadband to Gigabit.

GoDaddy Buys Some Voice

May 18, 2016

In a surprise move, GoDaddy is acquiring FreedomVoice of Greater San Diego, a former client and employer, for $42M plus $5M more for milestones. The CEO and his wife have been building it to sell since 2012. GoDaddy is getting a cloud phone product much like Grasshopper or Google Voice to upsell to its small business customers.

The cloud phone service is a good fit for selling domains, hosting and email to VSB (very small business with 1-5 employees).

What Channel Are You Watching?

April 25, 2016

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

The VoIP services market is up 5% to $73Bn in 2015, says IHS. Residential makes up 62% of that.

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