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Tidbits # 2436

May 18, 2016

I know I just did a tidbits but there is a lot going on. Here is some of it in small bites, like tapas or potato chips.

UC&C transitions closer to Workflow platform as task management is added to the UC&C system from Cisco:

Channel Vision magazine reports, "Redbooth has announced an integration with Cisco Spark to unite task-centric Redbooth workspaces and communications-centric Cisco Spark rooms.

Telecom Tidbits #2435

May 16, 2016

A lot going on (especially with M&A). The FCC approved the Charter-TWC-BHN merger, despite being fined for blocking third-party modems.

Frontier says that the 30K people affected by the transition (and who still have issues) will get credits and should get over it as 30K represents less than 1% of their customers. The Florida Attorney General jumped on the PR bandwagon to wag her finger at Frontier.

What Are They Feeding Enterprise?

March 9, 2016

After a 27 hour trip to Enterprise Connect, I can safely say that we have an unqualified me-too business. Video conferencing and collaboration - now called meetings and workflow - were printed on every booth. Here is what I saw.

Cisco demonstrated Spark, which I thought was for SMB, but is being pitched to Enterprise especially with its big hook into Salesforce.

TV is Moving to the Internet

October 27, 2015

TWC is trialing Internet TV. "The beta service will let some customers get online Internet TV services, without requiring a cable connection, through a Roku 3 device," according to eweek.

Comcast Xfinity, Verizon, Boingo, DISH (Sling TV) have joined Hulu, HBO, Starz, and CBS with streaming TV services. It will all move to IP -- not necessarily over the Internet.

A Couple of Things

October 6, 2015

While at the ITEXPO in Anaheim, I wanted to share a few things that happened.

Birch bought some of Sage Telecom's customers. From the Sage page, it looks like Residential base but there are probably some small business too. More inorganic growth.

The Decline of TV

September 10, 2015

DSLReports writes that the Average Cable Bill is now $99, Up 39% Since 2010! Up 9% from last year!

Most of that increase is due to about 5 companies charging a premium for content -- and packaging channels that no one wants with the 1 channel viewers do want. [That is why a la carte channels will just not work.

Different Ways to Skin a Cat

June 26, 2015

Most companies in the telecom sector just copy what other companies do. Before 2003 though, ISPs were primarily small businesses providing dial-up and then DSL to mainly residential markets in the US. Post 2003, it became a game for the Duopoly, with the smaler providers in the shadow just reselling what was offered.

Step into 2015 and FTTX is huge.

Cloud, the Desktop and Sales

June 19, 2015

At the ISP and CLEC show I just spoke at, there was a lot of talk about cloud services and desktop as a service. It would appear that a good chunk of ISP business in the US is residential. Selling to residential is different than to business. Business bundling is easier.

AOL Gets a Surprise from Verizon

May 12, 2015

Did you know that 2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up - and pay about $20 per month for it?

And Verizon just put in a bid to buy AOL for about $4.4B in cash. (No idea where that cash is coming from. VZ has $121 Billion in debt.

Greedy Content Increases Your Cable Bills

May 4, 2015

As much as I have a mad on for the ILECs, in this case, folks need to know that the content companies are the ones increasing your TV bills -- not the cable or telco.

Bundling is a tactic that the content bullies use to force 7 ESPN's on you or the Speed channel or other nonsense. ESPN - owned by Disney/ABC, just one of the 6 - yes 6 - companies that own most of the media content - requires cablecos to carry all 7 ESPN channels AND that two have to be in the general package, so that they can bill for every subscriber that the MSO has.

Frontier demonstrated that FiOS TV was unprofitable, when it took over VZ territories in 2011.

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