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Enterprises Beware: The Costs of ILEC Local Services are Rising

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Release Date: 11/22/2021

First the Great Resignation, Now the Great Burnout show art First the Great Resignation, Now the Great Burnout

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In a , we talked about how The Great Resignation was impacting network life cycle management.  As a result of this mass exodus of key employees, companies are now having to contend with another employee phenomenon … The Great Burnout. Listen to this 9-minute podcast as TC2’s UK Managing Director describes for how the people left behind are struggling to pick up the pieces to support network life cycle management and what companies can do to help both their employees and themselves. If you would like to learn more about our experience in this space, please visit our and webpages.

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The TDM Pain is Real show art The TDM Pain is Real

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Back in 2020, TC2’s and published an and recorded a entitled “TDM: It’s Time to Decommission and Move” warning of the risks associated with failing to plan the move away from legacy time division multiplexing (TDM) service.  Companies that failed to heed their advice are now quite literally paying the price for staying with TDM. Listen to this 9-minute podcast as Jack and Mark talk with TC2’s about the TDM landscape and explain why enterprises are experiencing operational and commercial pain by remaining with TDM services. If you would like to learn more about our...

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The Demise of Legacy Sprint Wireline Services show art The Demise of Legacy Sprint Wireline Services

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Almost everyone knows that T-Mobile acquired Sprint last year, and many industry pundits (including we on Staying Connected) have pontificated on what this means for the U.S. wireless industry.  Notably, as part of that acquisition, T-Mobile also acquired Sprint’s wireline business, once a go-to service for many enterprises. Listen to this 7-minute podcast as TC2 Directors and discuss how legacy Sprint wireline services are being retired and what this means for buyers of ICT services. If you would like to learn more about our experience in this space, please visit our and webpages.

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Tap the Untapped Gold Mine in Your Vendor Accounts show art Tap the Untapped Gold Mine in Your Vendor Accounts

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When you work with ICT billing, you deal with credits paid for events like circuit disconnects or the resolution of a billing error.  This sounds like guaranteed money in the bank … but it’s not. In this 8-minute podcast, TC2 Directors and talk with and discuss the billing gold mine of credits and the potential pitfalls, such as it taking years to use credits that were applied to the wrong account – if you’re able to use them at all.  Julie and Theresa provide the tips and tools for helping you tap this untapped credit resource. If you would like to learn more about our...

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Managing IT Contracts Through a Divestiture show art Managing IT Contracts Through a Divestiture

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When an enterprise divests a business unit, much work is needed to ensure that vendor IT contracts will appropriately support the divestiture.  This can be a difficult process because vendors don’t normally let their customers just copy and paste a contract into a brand new “carbon copy” for the divested company. Listen to this 10-minute podcast as , one of TC2’s Managing Directors, and , a Senior Partner at LB3 and President of , discuss with the two main approaches companies often use when divesting a business unit and how you can put these approaches to use. If you would like...

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How to Benefit from Custom Payment Terms in Your ICT Contract show art How to Benefit from Custom Payment Terms in Your ICT Contract

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Payment terms have become a major focus for large enterprises when negotiating ICT contracts.  Fewer companies are accepting the historic standard “due within 30 days of invoice date” and are instead negotiating payment terms ranging from 60 to 90 days. Listen to this 9-minute podcast as TC2 Directors , , and discuss how payment terms can make or break a deal, provide insight into how suppliers struggle to bill for these special arrangements, and what you can do to realize the benefit of your negotiated payment terms. If you would like to learn more about our experience in this...

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ISPs and Mobile Apps: Prying “Eyes” Are Watching You - Part 2 show art ISPs and Mobile Apps: Prying “Eyes” Are Watching You - Part 2

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In the second part of this two-part podcast, LB3’s Of Counsel and , a Senior Partner, take a closer look with TC2’s at how data privacy concerns impact enterprises. The amount of data collected by ISPs is mind boggling, and in the wrong hands can pose serious harm to an enterprise.  In this podcast, you’ll receive practical tips to prevent unknown operators from collecting and sharing sensitive information about your company and its employees. If you would like to learn more about our experience in this space, please visit our and webpages.

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It may not surprise you that your ISP is collecting large amounts of data about you and selling it to third parties.  However, after listening to this two-part podcast, you’ll probably think twice about blindly accepting the terms of use of that “must have” app. In this part one, LB3’s Of Counsel and , a Senior Partner, talk to TC2’s about the findings of a recently released FTC report revealing that ISPs are collecting enormous amounts of data from their customers and turning around and sharing that data with undisclosed third parties. If you would like to learn more about...

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How the Great Resignation is Impacting Network Lifecycle Management show art How the Great Resignation is Impacting Network Lifecycle Management

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The last couple of years have been challenging for enterprises and their employees; the world has seen dramatic societal changes.  Now, companies are dealing with the Great Resignation, losing some of their most seasoned staff and revealing a huge knowledge vacuum in many areas. In this 8-minute podcast, TC2 Directors and look at how network lifecycle management is being impacted and reveal how losing even a single key employee can set a company back, but also explain how TC2 can fill the gap. If you would like to learn more about our experience in this space, please visit our and ...

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Network as a Service (“NaaS”) is an interesting concept.  Who wouldn’t want to buy network services like a water utility – pay only for what you use?  Unfortunately, NaaS often encompasses a wide range of commercial and technical aspirations, rather than discrete vendor service offerings. In this 9-minute podcast, , one of TC2’s Managing Directors, and discuss what they think the key attributes of NaaS are and how vendors could develop solutions that offer real value to enterprise buyers. If you would like to learn more about our experience in this space, please visit our ...

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More Episodes

If you’re a buyer of ICT and network services, you’re probably quite familiar with SIP trunking, MPLS, UC, cloud, and many other go-to solutions used in the enterprise.  You may, however, be less familiar with legacy services such as POTS, FX, ISDN, and TDM.  These are the technologies that have been in the ground for decades and are being targeted by the ILECs and CLECs for discontinuance. 

Listen to this 9-minute podcast as TC2 Directors Pat Gilpatrick and Joe Schmidt provide a brief history lesson on these legacy technologies, explain why the carriers want you off of them and how they are using massive price increases to “motivate” you to migrate, and what you can do to address this changing market dynamic.

If you would like to learn more about our experience in this space, please visit our Technology Consulting & Strategy Development Services and Success Stories webpages.