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Carrier aggregation for the cellular monopoly

Colin here. There is an increasing trend that is likely to shape US cellular service behind the scenes. It is called “Carrier Aggregation”. It is the one final solution to…

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I’m Dave, your personal Telecommunications Contemplator. Most industry professionals gravitate toward the role of Analyst, Consultant or Journalist; I blend all three via commentary, research, and perspective on current enterprise business communications. You’ll find interviews, podcasts, and independent research here.

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Innovation Showcase 15 to be on Collaboration

We are just about to launch the Innovation Showcase for Enterprise Connect 2015. I am very excited because this year big changes are planned – including big companies are now…

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FCC Clears the way for 5G Cellular Services

Colin here. The FCC has cleared the way for 5G Cellular Services using frequencies of 25 GHz and higher. (See: If you would like to see a decent slideshow…

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The new Mac Pad Air (Speculation)

Colin here. Predicting the future comes in two forms: 1) extrapolating the logical next step or 2) Unbounded wild speculation. I have found nobody is very good at unbounded speculation….

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All Hail the USB-C Connector

Colin here. The hideous USB connector is about to become brilliant! The USB connector we now use is a UI failure. A typical person can’t determine which side is up…

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AT&T Passport Exploits Customers

Colin here. International roaming by AT&T and Verizon are unethical rip-offs. Both of them charge about $20,000 per gigabyte while roaming. Yes, you will pay more than a new car…

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Mitel CMO Etherington Out

Unexpected – Martyn Etherington, CMO at Mitel is leaving the company this month. Martyn joined Mitel in August of 2012. His tenure there was less than three years, but a hell…

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Speaking up about Mute

Two observations about mute. A lot of people don’t know when to use it and almost as many don’t know when to turn it off. As a home-based worker, most of…

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Dave is a self-proclaimed Tele-communications Contemplator. Most industry professionals gravitate toward the role of Analyst, Consultant or Journalist, but Dave blends all three as a professional Contemplator. Learn more →.

Selecting a Wireless Carrier

Colin here. A lot has changed with the pricing plans of the wireless carriers recently. It’s almost hard to keep up with them. So I will help. Let’s say you…

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Latest Podcast

UCStrategies Reviews the Cisco Collaboration Summit

Several UCStrategies Experts attended the recent Cisco Collaboration Summit in Los Angeles. We decided it would be great to do a podcast recapping what these Experts saw, learned and analyzed from that two-day experience. Joining me on the podcast are Blair Pleasant, Don Van Doren, Steve Leaden, Dave Michels, Michael Finneran, and Art Rosenberg.

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Gift Idea: Head PHONES

Remember when it was only DJs that wore headphones? (what’s a DJ?) Of course I totally get it – I wear headphones everyday myself. I wear a headset at my…

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Who the heck is Crown Castle?

Colin here. T-Mobile has sold off all of their towers to Crown Castle for $2.4 Billion. AT&T Sold their towers to Crown Castle for $5 Billion. Now, Verizon wants to…

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Not The Ansible You Are Looking For

In case you’ve been in a coma, Unify launched Circuit last month. Circuit is the manifestation of Ansible, announced by Siemens Enterprise Communications in the summer of 2013. Confused? Let…

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Is the FBI Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

Colin here. The FBI has verbally attacked Apple because Apple’s products are relatively secure. The director has even stated that Apple is allowing users to “place themselves beyond the law.”…

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T-Mobile’s WiFi Calling…Pennies from Heaven

The T-Mobile WiFi calling feature came to iPhone users with the iPhone 6. It’s actually a well-refined feature that has been on the T-Mobile network for years, and this seasoned…

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Verizon is Messed Up

Colin Here. Verizon is a seriously deranged and inept bureaucracy in my opinion. Well, really, so is AT&T, but historically Verizon has had a markedly better network and better customer…

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Google Inbox for Gmail

Lots of companies are on a mission to find a new way to work – including Google and thus the new email interface called Inbox (for Gmail). Email in general…

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Colin here. One of the more unfortunate cell phone compatibility issues were going to have to live with for the next decade is TD-LTE. It is the “TD” part that…

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Verizon VoLTE: Terrible, Horrible, Awful

Verizon’s voice quality on their CDMA is the worst of all major carriers in the US. This 20 year old waveform compression technique has long been obsolete and gives voice…

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Defective by Design – Verizon Customer Service

Colin here. So, you find that you have been over-billed and you can’t work it out with the Customer Service representative. There is clearly an error, but your choice is…

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Out of Office Responders

I have stated many times that out of office responders are nonsensical, at least in name. Not long ago – a decade or so – being out of the office…

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Latest Interview


Decoding WebRTC with Erik Lagerway

When I have questions about codecs and IETF standards, I turn to Erik Lagerway. I caught him in the midst of packing for his trip to the upcoming IETF 88 meeting….

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