Gary Wilson, Product Manager

Gary Wilson is a product manager at ESI.

Recent Posts

Of Merger Rumors and Mayhem

Posted by Gary Wilson, Product Manager

May 13, 2014; 1:30 PM

As if AT&T wasn’t content enough with trying to buy pretty much everyone, now the rumors are they might be considering buying DirecTV. What chance would an acquisition like that have? Well, one just needs to look back at some of the groundwork done by the band of Merry Men at the FCC. In 2010, the FCC wrote a paper titled, “The Broadband Availability Gap” (OBI Technical Paper No. 1). One interesting find was that there were 7 million housing units underserved with broadband, meaning they didn’t meet the minimum requirements laid out by the FCC (4Mbps download and 1Mbps upload). So, for those areas, satellite was considered an excellent choice. If you think about it, according to the FCC, offering more satellite broadband at the newer improved data rates is a “good thing.”

Now AT&T has been selling off all its fixed line assets in many of these markets where satellite is considered a “good thing.” With one acquisition, AT&T would go back to serving those very same markets. Now working with DirecTV wouldn’t be something new for AT&T since they already resell satellite services in some areas. What’s interesting is AT&T’s market could expand into areas they had left previously to compete with the local fixed line providers that took over – competing over the very same fixed line assets AT&T (or SBC in many cases) built! A bit ironic, but such is the way in telecom. 

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Topics: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Of Mergers and Mayhem

Posted by Gary Wilson, Product Manager

April 28, 2014; 12:59 PM

The state of change that is telecom continues unabated. With the announced acquisition of Cbeyond by Birch Communications, the Tier 2 carrier market keeps on shrinking. Such is the life of these facilities-based carriers. When you think about it, this has to happen.

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Topics: telephony

Why SIP trunking is essential

Posted by Gary Wilson, Product Manager

April 2, 2014; 3:00 PM

There are so many amazing advancements in the way of enterprise communications that have made the scene in recent years. People are more excited than ever to merge their video, voice and instant messaging clients with other business-related apps to create new levels of productivity.

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Jumping Aboard the SIP Trunking Bandwagon

Posted by Gary Wilson, Product Manager

February 13, 2014; 8:30 AM

Sail_wagon_edit1It’s been a year since ESI started offering SIP Trunks under the ESI Hosted Services banner. With a 45-50% increase in SIP Trunks sales in 2013 (compared to the 25-30% growth rate for SIP Trunks in the industry overall according to Infonetics Research), I’d say this venture was a great success! But will we stop here? No way! There is still a lot of room for growth, and we have much more to offer in cloud services coming up.

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