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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Microsoft, Facebook, Skype Round out Must Know News

May 28, 2014

Memorial Day has indeed ushered in a big week for tech news, starting with an EU antitrust review of Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition which has been approved in the US. According to the Wall Street Journal:

The social-network company has approached the European Commission, the EU's central antitrust authority, to ask it to review the blockbuster deal, people familiar with the matter said. The commission has informed national competition authorities of the request, one of the people said. The move, which may lead to an official investigation at EU level, could enable Facebook to avoid potentially burdensome antitrust probes in multiple EU countries.

UneBobine, the most Versatile Smartphone Charger Around

May 27, 2014


In a sea of me-too accessories, the crowd-funded Une Bobine stands alone as a charging, syncing cable which also happens to be a stand and dock. The flexible neck of the unit is unlike any cable you have seen… It has virtually infinite positions in which you can bend it and twist it as you make your iPhone an even more intimate part of your life. The dock I tested was specifically designed to work with the iPhone 5 series including the 5s and 5c. Android devices are also supported.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is an Ultrabook in Tablet's Clothing

May 21, 2014

To be blunt, Microsoft totally blew its lead in mobile, has tried to come at the tablet market twice with Surface variants and now has decided that instead of a tablet vendor they will become a laptop vendor. In other words, they couldn’t cut it in the tablet space so they decided to move up-market (or down depending on perspective) to go after the Ultrabook segment.

And suffice it to say the Surface Pro 3 has what it takes to take on most every competitor out there – which of course makes us wonder exactly what Dell, HP, Samsung, Acer, Asus, Lenovo and others are thinking right now. Well, we do know but this is a family blog after all and profanity has no place in it.

Truphone's Vastly Expanded International Roaming Plan

May 21, 2014

Truphone bills itself as the first global network operator and in an age where international roaming bills can run up quite quickly, having the company in your corner can make predictable international voice, data and text pricing a reality. As a reminder, in order to use the service, you need an unlocked device and a supplied SIM card. The last time I covered (see below) the company they were introducing their international sharing plan and since then they have added countries – there are now eight. The service allows you to not only travel to various countries using a pool of international minutes; you are also given local international numbers.

Will Vobi Make Enterprise Social a Reality?

May 20, 2014

One of the biggest disappointments in the world of tech predictions has to be the enterprise social space. For years, the common wisdom in the market was that this segment would be booming… Millennials were supposed to infiltrate the workforce and with them bring a golden age of collaboration, replacing email and many other pieces of software in their wake. Huge bets were made in the area. Microsoft bough “enterprise Twitter” service Yammer, Cisco spent a fortune to launch Quad.

Revolabs Forging Ahead in Conference Phones

May 14, 2014

 

At the Metaswitch Forum 2014 event I had a chance to catch up with Randall Lee of Revolabs to learn about the company's latest activities. I came away thinking the company has a solid opportunity to take share in the conference phone market.

 

The company that once specialized only in the professional AV market has recently become a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan's Yamaha.

Metaswitch Forum 2014 Live Blog

May 13, 2014


Metaswitch Forum 2014 will kick off soon, stay tuned.

Any second now - its 8:05 am in New Orleans

The event has kicked off with a keynote presented by Steve Gleave - which has been preceded by a few well-produced videos. The idea so far is tying in the theme of the event "The brains of the new global network" with Steve's brain. The cast of characters behind the scenes show how they tinker with Steve's brain - he eventually comes out on stage on a Segway with Harley Davidson sound-effects.


Everyone is Wrong about the Apple Beats Acquisition

May 9, 2014

If you read the media reports last night or yesterday, you heard that Apple is in talks to buy Beats Electronics because of the latter company’s streaming service. Frankly, I can’t understand this logic and perhaps I have the inability to understand the obvious but to me the reason has more to do with the brand and international expansion opportunities and most importantly the one thing everyone seems to think the acquisition is not about… Retail. Yes retail. Apple is a master at it.

Russia and US Internet Freedoms Go In Opposite Directions

May 7, 2014

Edward Snowden left the US and fled to Russia after effectively causing the largest security leak in US history and today, both countries seem to be going in somewhat opposite directions with regards to electronic freedom. In the case of the US, there are two competing bills which are designed to limit bulk collection of phone records. The Guardian has a good write up of the situation.

In summary, there is the The USA Freedom Act, designed to prevent the US government from collecting US phone data in bulk, passed by the House Judiciary Committee with a 32 to zero bi-partisan vote, making it the first surveillance reform bill to proceed out of committee and to the House floor.

Verizon Really wants you to buy an Android

May 6, 2014

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