Vendor Newsletters | January 2013
EoC Bandwidth Now Up to 200 Mbps
For years industry analysts and commentators have touted fiber as "the future" of internet access. The reality is that fiber-based services are available in only about 30 percent of office buildings across the nation, primarily in downtown metros or large corporate parks because the economics of running fiber do not support geographies with more modest commercial building densities.
That means more than two thirds of businesses today have few options for acquiring very high-speed Internet access. But advancements in technology are allowing increases in data speeds as well as distances from carrier aggregation equipment when using traditional copper wires, making Ethernet over copper (EoC) solutions more attractive for businesses — especially for those located in TelePacific's service footprint because we are now able to deliver EoC bandwidth speeds up to 200 Mbps. Read more
2013 Consumer Trends
Trendwatching.com, an organization that has been spotting, tracking and defining leading consumer trends, insights and related innovations for years, recently released its overview of 10 crucial consumer trends for 2013. Some of the more interesting highlights:
Consumers will embrace two innovative new consumption models, becoming PRESUMERS and CUSTOWNERS. The former group likes to get involved with, push, fund, and promote products and services before they are realized (e.g. www.kickstarter.com). The next step for PRESUMERS IS CUSTOWNERS, or consumers who move from passively consuming a product toward funding/investing (if not owning a stake) in the brands they buy. Also, the US JOBS Act is being implemented this month and for the first time allows non-accredited US investors to buy micro-equity in start-ups. This is the primary reason why funds raised by crowdfunding platforms will rise to $6.2 billion in 2013, according to Gartner. Read more
The demarcation point between consumer and enterprise electronics has just about been obliterated. That means what happens at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is important for IT professionals to follow. Indeed, with increasing crossover between business and consumer tech, this year's CES event serves as a valuable early warning system for what enterprises will be dealing with in 2013, writes eWeek's Wayne Rash. Some of the important themes and new gadgets coming out of this year's show, courtesy of Rash and Information Management's Justin Kern:
The Augmented Reality Trend: One trend that will be directly felt at the enterprise level is capabilities from "augmented reality" via smartphones, tablets, dashboards and camera feeds. Connecting more devices, and thus, more data sources inside and outside the enterprise, will expand the way advanced analytics are consumed and contribute to expectations from end users of enterprise data sets, according to Saugatuck Technology analyst and blogger, Alex Bakker.
More Devices Doing More Things: We will see more mobile devices that manage the network and even serve as network infrastructure devices that also provide visibility into network assets and operations. This means, among other things, that some of the new WiFi routers can give access to devices that previously didn't have it. So with the right router from Netgear or Cisco, iPads can access network storage services that were previously unavailable. Read more
SmartVoice Earns Third Consecutive
TMC has named TelePacific's SmartVoice a recipient of the 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award for the third consecutive year. SmartVoice dynamically integrates local and long distance calling with Internet access and/or MPLS-based IP VPN services. The solution offers up to 100 Mbps of bandwidth and 120 call paths available via ISDN PRI, CAS, analog phone lines or a SIP network connection, giving customers the flexibility to use either traditional telephony equipment or an IP PBX.
SmartVoice combined with national telephone numbers (NTNs) gives TelePacific customers anchored in California and Nevada the ability to extend telecom access to additional offices coast-to-coast via their private networks. For example, employees headquartered in LA can place calls at local rates to remote offices nationwide, and employees at remote offices can return those calls without incurring long distance charges. In addition, with virtual NTNs, TelePacific customers can establish a local presence in a remote market and similarly take advantage of local dialing. A physical office is not needed in the remote market.
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