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Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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China Mobile in Flux

March 22, 2012

The worlds largest Mobile Operator seems to be going through a major purge, with police investigations and executive resignations.  I am not sure what to make of it.

I find China Mobile a major wild card in the world market since they are committed to TD LTE and have been assisting other players around the world to follow them.

I am not sure if this a pull back on that policy or an internal issue.  The new chairman, Xi Guohua, is a loyal party member and this could be more about the local structure than the Internationalizing of China standards.

I have had discussions with brilliant financial friends who have discounted my thoughts about the impact of chinese standards on the rest of us.  However, the reality is that Huawei is delivering solutions cheaper to the current carriers and China Mobile is delivering services in mass to the point where they are a market. 





OMGPOP Gets Some Zynga

March 22, 2012

Here is interesting news.  Zynga bought OMGPOP for its latest game according to the NY Times.  The issue for Zynga is that its not having as much success as it has had in Social networks.  That maybe because their model requires a commitment to gaming that is hard to sustain.

I played CityVille to the point where my town was a drain on time. 

The Enemy with SIM

March 22, 2012

Today, I am in Rome.  And when you are in Rome... I try to read like the Romans do.  In this case Telecom Italia has proven once again that the enemy is within. 

The Enemy with SIM

March 22, 2012

Today, I am in Rome.  And when you are in Rome... I try to read like the Romans do.  In this case Telecom Italia has proven once again that the enemy is within. 

Avaya Buys Radvision for $230 Million

March 15, 2012

Silver Lake has the golden touch?  Having helped Skype become a stand alone entity,  It has been interesting and confusing from time to time to watch Avaya under its care.

I expected Avaya was going to benefit from portfolio proximity of Skype, but it never happened.

Since then Cisco has bought Tandberg leaving Radvision's role as a subcontractor dubious.

With Avaya gaining the skills of our friends at Radvision,  I think the migration to Video and the improvement of their SIP stack can be assured.

Additionally it opens up a huge opportunity to work with third parties in new ways.  Since for many of us Radvision has been the basis of our development. 

Mergers often require insight, beyond the immediate upfront strategy.

I think there is a gold mine here if Silver Lake manages it well.
 












Coalition of the Illing

March 14, 2012

For a while T-Mobile became the defacto way for the rest of the world to have access to GSM in the US.

Now we have China Mobile having a role in the development of Clearwires Time Division [TD] LTE network.  TD - LTE is a standard spear headed in China and its export to the US could have far reaching implications.

While most deployments today are based on Frequency Division, TD-LTE can solve a few ills for companies where spectrum interference is a possibility.

With Cricket having signed a five year deal with Clearwire for access to their China Mobile implementation.  This could lead to a rich market for China to start exporting smart phones and other devices.

TD - LTE is also a logical place for WiMAX companies to focus their migration but we have been on a hard path with these companies before.  Now the question is can the missing economies of scales be found with the Chinese driving the demand.

I think the answer is yes.









And the Wisdom to Know the Difference

March 14, 2012

In the world of 12 steps you confide in your sponsor, you reach out to the newcomer and you stay focused on recovery.

So it was with some dread that I saw the http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/insider-trading-charges-center-on-alcoholics-anonymous-meetings/ picture of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous in the deal book of the NY times.

While it is nice to know that even stock brokers can experience recovery, and its also nice to see the SEC chasing leads on insider trading. I am not sure where the line was crossed. 

It bothers me that a "member" was dealing with a merger with a Japanese company and perhaps was being tested by the saki toasts.

It does not say if the person was his sponsor.







4G LTE In Israel, The Shoemaker Sons needs Shoes

March 12, 2012

According to Haaretz Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon appointed a committee to start pending the rules for the 4G LTE Auction.  The auction will be worth about .5B NIS based on licenses of 140M NIS each.

Israel has always been an exporter of communications and its understandable to be slow to innovate on wireless standards.  As we have seen from WiMAX the cost of being first is often being off on a tangent.

However with 4G LTE being so essential to development in other countries and with companies like Siklu looking to catch the attention of deployers.  It would be nice to find a way for the Ministry to enable some alternate strategies particular some innovations in architecture.

I believe the base stations and small cells need a lot of innovation to match not only demand but the probable need for alternate access methods.

Its time for the Shoemaker to focus on his son and Israel to display by deploying at home.







Hey Meg, HP Needs to Bundle Not Balkanize

March 12, 2012

According to Richard Waters of the Financial Times,  Meg Whitman has an easier time figuring out what's wrong rather than what's right.  Here are some ideas.

In the discussion he pointed out HP's 23 drop in consumer revenues as opposed to apples 75% revenue increase. 

 



Apple the Turtle continues to Beat the Industry

March 8, 2012

The iPad 3.0 has arrived with incremental features and a community of loyal Apple customer ready to toss 1 & 2 for 3 as if they were a 1982 Kaypro.  Pretty amazing.

As Jeff Orr of ABI Research stated in there press release

“Individually, none of the new iPad features create an insurmountable advantage for Apple over its competition,” says Jeff Orr,  group director, consumer research. ASUS is currently shipping a quad-core tablet and even Chinese vendor Huawei announced one last week.