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The Telecom Long Tails

June 7, 2016

The Telecom Channel Partner Long Tail. 95/5 off-setting Pareto's Principle of 80/20. However, effort and real dollars are spent on the unproductive 95%. That is money and energy that could go into producing partners or marketing.

I talk about what an Aligned Partner is in my Channel Playbook.

In 2006, Alec Saunders and Chris Wood had a discussion about the Voice Long Tail (see here and pdf).

The Forecast Calls for a New Strategy

June 7, 2016

Some folks didn't particularly care for the forecast in my podcast with Acuity.

"Hope is not a strategy. [I have a little bit on strategy by PWC here.]

One thing about the channel: Most people are heads down just getting from payroll to payroll with no time or desire to look up and pivot.

Windstream Complains About XO-VZ Deal

May 19, 2016

Windstream (and a couple other telcos) is complaining about the acquisition of XO by Verizon.

"About 50 percent of the Ethernet circuits Windstream buys from XO, or about 32 percent of its Ethernet expense with XO is provisioned as EoC. By using XO's EoC services, Windstream can provide symmetrical bandwidth of up to 100 Mbps to business customers." So XO is a vendor for Windstream for EoC. They want to preserve the supply of EoC, not something that VZ cares about.

The INCOMPAS Mission

April 13, 2016

INCOMPAS still has a mission in DC. At the east coast show in Washington, FCC Chairman Wheeler came to talk to the association and its members with a message that we still need Competition.

He says that as Charter is set to eat two cablecos to become almost as large as Comcast. After AT&T just bought DirecTV.

Culture and Innovation

March 28, 2016

Samsung execs want to change the culture of its 300,000 employee company. Samsung wants to be more entrepreneurial. They want that start-up feel - the flexibility, the innovation, the ability to react quickly to customer needs.

It is a challenge to change the culture of any business, let alone a global company with 300K employees.

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.

End of Year Summary (Tidbits part 2426)

December 31, 2015

Lots of lists and best of posts out there. I am just going to run through the tidbits that I thought were interesting.

Citrix bought the auto-attendant in the cloud company, Grasshopper, earlier this year for about $161.5 M per 10Q filing. Grasshopper revenue was about $50M if you consider ARPU of $11 and about 350K users.

The Commission Revenue Spiral

December 16, 2015

I received an email today about the channel strategy for 2016 for Windstream: WIND is NOT paying agents for any new order under $1500. I wrote about this when I first heard in October. No idea how this will work out, but train wreck comes to mind.

Windstream as a whole has had some much change - acquisitions, people, spin-offs - that I imagine there are no silly ideas in the conference room.

Marriott Disrupted

November 16, 2015

Marriott announced that they are buying Starwoods for $12.2 Billion. CNBC thinks it is about China or the combo of the largest 2 loyalty programs. However, the Marriott president says something different on LinkedIn. Yes, LI!

A Lesson from Airlines

September 28, 2015

Have you noticed that the airlines are a lot like the telecom industry? Both used to be regulated; now neither are. Both had a bubble resulting in bankruptcies. Consolidation happened in both industries - with a disaster for consumers.

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