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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Wave goodbye to all-you-can-eat mobile data plans

June 8, 2010

There was plenty of buzz about Apple's new iPhone 4. But less-noted was AT&T's abandonment of unlimited data plans. AT&T isn't the first carrier to observe that more is less when it comes to iPhone profits. As smartphone subscribers eat up rich media and interactive content, operational costs grow faster than ARPU.

Another brick in Google's VoIP wall

May 18, 2010

This morning Global IP Solutions announced that it has entered into a $68 million buyout agreement with Google. Add that to Google's February, 2010 announcement that it was undertaking an "experiment" to build 1-Gbps FTTH networks, and it's clear that Google has plans to become a serious telecom infrastructure player.

Another brick in Google's VoIP wall

May 18, 2010

This morning Global IP Solutions announced that it has entered into a $68 million buyout agreement with Google. Add that to Google's February, 2010 announcement that it was undertaking an "experiment" to build 1-Gbps FTTH networks, and it's clear that Google has plans to become a serious telecom infrastructure player.

FCC's Modest Broadband Oversight Proposal Not Cause for Hysteria

May 17, 2010

Despite the fact that everyone, from the Washington Post to career conspiranoid Alex Jones - Police State 4: The Rise Of FEMA - Don't Miss Out! Get Your Subscription Today! - is saying that Chairman Mao Tse Genachowski is enacting a diabolical master plan for crushing the free spirit of the Internet - not to mention Avatar downloads from BitTorrent - under the FCC's Wehrmacht, the FCC is not, repeat IS NOT, proposing to regulate ISPs like telephone companies.How do I know this? Because unlike most of these reporters, apparently, I actually read the FCC's 14-page statement.

FCC's Modest Broadband Oversight Proposal Not Cause for Hysteria

May 17, 2010

Despite the fact that everyone, from the Washington Post to career conspiranoid Alex Jones - Police State 4: The Rise Of FEMA - Don't Miss Out! Get Your Subscription Today! - is saying that Chairman Mao Tse Genachowski is enacting a diabolical master plan for crushing the free spirit of the Internet - not to mention Avatar downloads from BitTorrent - under the FCC's Wehrmacht, the FCC is not, repeat IS NOT, proposing to regulate ISPs like telephone companies.How do I know this? Because unlike most of these reporters, apparently, I actually read the FCC's 14-page statement.

Skype slights Mac community, Dan York bristles

May 13, 2010

Mac users just don't get no respect, as Disruptive Telephony's Dan York points out today in his kvetch about Skype's video group calling. But Skype keeps making money, despite its blinkered product strategy.

May 13, 2010

Mac users just don't get no respect, as Disruptive Telephony's Dan York points out today in his kvetch about Skype's video group calling. But Skype keeps making money, despite its blinkered product strategy.

Microsoft Kin: Another Misadventure in the World of Can't

May 5, 2010

It seems that the Kin is the dumbest smartphone in a competitive lineup of contemporary devices that almost-but-not-quite do things.

Other computer makers following Apple into the smartphone market?

January 30, 2009

While You Were Making VoIP Calls on Your TV at CES, Mobile TV Was Calling Your Phone

January 12, 2009

In his Fierce VoIP post on Monday, Doug Mohney reports that one of his takeaways from last week's CES is that your TV is morphing into a phone. Maybe so, but another - and potentially bigger - story at CES is how your phone is turning into a TV set.