In This Issue
Wireless Symposium
Industry Insight
Need a Laugh?
Message from Dick McFarlane
Meet Our Staff
Quick Links

2010 Wireless Symposium
Independent operators and rural carriers: check out this year's NTCA Wireless Symposium January 13-15 in San Antonio.  Alliance president Richard McFarlane spoke on 4G last year; this year's topics include VoIP, data roaming and spectrum management.
Industry Insight: First Broadband Stimulus Funds
Vice President Biden announced the recipients of the first $183m of the $7.2b in broadband stimulus funds.  See if your state is one of the 17 beneficiaries. $2b will be awarded over the next 75 days, primarily geared towards underserved areas. 
  Need a Laugh?

Much of the country is getting its first dusting of snow. Here are some ideas from Calvin and Hobbes on how to make the most of it.
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Dick McFarlane
Alliance Telecom Solutions
Message from Dick McFarlane, President

The end of any year calls for a look back, and that's especially true for Alliance this year as we celebrate our 15th anniversary.  Since our founding in 1994, many things have changed - a proliferation and consolidation of carriers, much richer service offerings, and two significant recessions - and a few things have stayed the same - much of our management staff, our focus on the telecom industry, and our commitment to providing top quality consultants.  Click here for a more detailed look at the past 15 years, including comments from some of our longtime clients on how they see the industry changing.

We at Alliance wish you a very happy holiday season.
  Meet Our Staff: Brian Joaquin
 Featured Consultant: Brian Joaquin, Senior Consultant

Brian has 18 years of telecom experience with a focus on OSS/BSS.

TT: How did you get into telecom?
BJ: My telecom time started back in the early 90's with AT&T in my home of NYC. I walked into their job fair and was hired as a sales person to promote AT&T Worldnet product.
TT: What is your subject matter expertise?
BJ: Implementation and training within the OSS applications, although, I have worked on Billing and Financial systems. The Operational Support Systems is where is all happen. I develop my knowledge by attending training with the Metasolv application schools in Plano, TX and NetCracker in Waltham MA.

TT: What do you feel is the biggest contribution you've made to a client?
BJ: Providing the client with a comfort level instead of an imtimidation level. Consultants are look upon as someone that is there to replace, instead we are there to bring success to our clients and gratification for a good job done.

TT:  What is one of the most interesting projects you've worked on?
BJ: I guess the most interesting projects, I worked on was 2 years ago traveling the cold midwest minus 20 degrees and training on a financial software. Minneapolis, North Dakota, Duluth, and having participants, no matter what the weather is, coming out to have fun and be trained. I also have a wonderful time training Sprint in Las Vegas, much better weather and overall atmosphere.

TT: What is your favorite city/country to work in?
BJ: Vancouver, Canada, great seafood and scenery

TT: What do you like best about working with Alliance? 
BJ: Alliance has always taken care of me as a consultant, from travel, advance and the tools of the trade. It is nice knowing that you can call the CEO and talked with him, I have had a long friendship with Alliance and look forward to our continuing success together.

TT: What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?
BJ: Hiking, Movies, those NY Yankees, and of course being with family.

TT: Anything else you'd like to add?
BJ: Happy holidays!

To request Brian for your next project or to view his full profile, please visit our web site.