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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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Is Segmentation Technology Real When it Comes to Video

August 28, 2012

As the Saying goes a $ Billion here, a $ billion there sooner or later we are talking real money.

IDC's latest report does a great job talking about the money side of the equation in talking about the business distinctions are being made, imho, are more business oriented than technology driven.

 

Akamai, KIT Digital, Brightcove and Synacor are all described as being leaders in "their" field so the term becomes the describer of the leader.  

Can Dell and HP Catch up to Microsoft's and Intel's Strategies

August 27, 2012

In case the rock you have been hiding under is not Silicon, the earnings for Dell and HP were dismal.  Reading the Investor's daily article about the latest IDC report on PC shipments shows that we have other issues as well.

First of all, the ultrabook story is not getting the job done yet.  While the move makes the PC more mac like in batter life the environment is still classic PC.

Apple Wins: Can The Game Change

August 25, 2012

It was not even close. 

The jury said yes to almost every single infringement Apple could think of short of the claim of making a tablet rectangular was Steve’s idea.  From Apple’s perspective it could not have a better launching pad for the iPhone5 as Samsung will not be able to ship anything and the rest of the Android community will be leery of being targeted if they launch a marketing campaign.

If Apple Wins Against Samsung: RIM becomes a Steal

August 22, 2012

Here is an interesting  point to make. The battle with Apple is over the look and feel of android on Samsung. As I stated earlier Apple has a home-field advantage and it seems likely that the jury is going to rule in Apple's favor.

Well personally I do not like this potential outcome and have long had my issues with Apple it probably is going to double its market share in the near-term as the ruling will impact the sales of Apple's iPhone5.

The Gates - way to the Stars with Kymeta

August 21, 2012

According to the NY Times Intellectual Ventures has a new spin off that Bill Gates has participated in called Kymeta.

The 12M seems to be headed toward getting production of its mTenna product lines which maybe coming at a time when the market needs for M2M will match will to the use of KA band Satellite solutions.

As we have reported ATT has announced that by 2017 it will stop supporting 2G deployments and the personal navigation device business is in need of an answer.  4G is probably going to have a lot of issues with battery and specific spectrum radios requirements.  

Let's Get Sirius about John Malone

August 20, 2012

Sirius is about to be under the control of Liberty Media according to the NY Times.

While Sirius had been against the acquistion it seems clear now that the  air has been cleared for the air to be used ;<).

What's interesting is the possibilities of this addition.  As you may recall Netflix owes alot of its success to the reading of the licensing from Starz (which also is a Liberty Media company).

Facebook: You Still Can Judge Them by Their Cover

May 14, 2012

So if you want to be excited by Facebook they are going to take a page of GoogleAds and make a Facebook network of ads outside of their site.

So now not only will I feel violated by their ability to be my security login with other sites, but I will be paranoid about the ads that pop up while i am on other sites.

This stock is going to launch and I am going to having something more to kvetch about to a world in love with the experience.

Derrick Harris of Gigaom touches the subject very handily, but at the end of the day, I feel we are off topic.  

The Yahooligans at the Gate

May 14, 2012

Well,  so much for Scott Thompson, reign at Yahoo!.  He over saw the stock rising and announced layoffs.  So as recent CEO's go his vision was perfect.  In fact he ended up getting himself and five members of the board layed off as well.  

Android & Chrome and Somewhere in Between

April 20, 2012

I have a rough time considering myself press or an analyst.  On the Press side I have been trained to always consider a press release as a strategy and not news.  On the analyst side, my perfectionism comes in and I would want more opinions before I share mine.

I find that particularly true when people become very linear, like the way that our friends in the news have picked up on people abandoning Android for development.

Has Apple Cornered the Market on Passion?

March 30, 2012

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