Strange Technology Quotes

Over the years there’s been many people have said things that if they had to say it again, they would have just kept their mouths shut. Here are some of those quotes. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to […]

Term: Divestiture

Term: Divestiture In 1984 as a result of the antitrust trial against AT&T as a telecommunication monopoly the US Justice Department ordered that AT& be split. This resulted in the Long Distance Carrier AT&T and seven Regional Bell Operating Companies (termed RBOCs). This is known as the Divestiture of AT&T. Today the Long Distance AT&T […]

Are You Communicating Safe

One thing for certain, there are people out there trying to get your money in ways that are illegal. It even happens to business through their use of telecommunications. Here are some helpful tips to try to keep your money in your pocket. Some of these may seem like ancient history, but could still happen. […]

Technology Budgeting

The beginning of a new year may also be a time to consider new technology. Or maybe it’s just a good time to be looking at the technology budget. When preparing the budget on new technology it’s important to look at everything that is needed within the project. Sometimes the proposal that is received from […]

Northern Electric

Last week I was part of the team that put on a Trade Conference of East Coast Nortel Users. Anyone who has been following Nortel will no doubt be aware that the company is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the Enterprise Solutions (Telecom) portion of it has been auctioned off. The date for the deal […]

Acronym: LNP

LNP – Local Number Portability This was defined in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as the “ability of users of telecommunications services to retain, at the same location, existing telecommunications numbers without impairment of quality, reliability, or convenience when switching from one telecommunications carrier to another.” In short allowing one to move their existing number […]

All Business Communications are Not Equal

At one time it was simple to communication with another business associate. To have a conversation with them, you called their office telephone number and talked over the phone. If a written proposal was needed, you sent it through the mail. As technology changed, some of these changed as well. To have the proposal delivered, […]

Acronym: RBOC

ROBC – Regional Bell Operating Company. With the divesture of ATT in 1984, seven regional companies, also called “Baby Bells” were formed to supply local telephone service with ATT as the Long-Distance Carrier. These seven companies were; Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis (also known as Pacific Bell), Southwestern Bell and US West. Not […]

Term: Loop Back

Loop Back This is a method of performing transmission tests on a circuit, not requiring the assistance of personnel at the distant end. This happens when a signal in sent from a central communications device (usually at the carrier’s central office) and returned to it in a way to determine correct operation of the circuit […]

Acronyms – What do they mean?

Many times just knowing what the acronym means gives one an idea of its purpose and how it’s used. Here is a list of some telecommunications acronyms. Telephony Acronyms: ACD (Automatic Call Director) CDR (Call Detail Recording) CLID (Calling Line IDentifaction) CSU/DSU (Channel Service Unit/Data Service Unit) DNIS (Dialed Number Identification Service) ISDN (Integrated Services […]