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Mobile fax? Why do you need that?

Fax is an enduring technology. While you may think that fax is declining, some reports show that the market is actually...

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We ask the experts: How can exceptional QoE be achieved in VoLTE networks?

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

What does voice over LTE (VoLTE) offer your subscribers? Better voice quality, including HD voice. Rich communications with messaging and video. And whatever inventive applications you choose to introduce. In other words, VoLTE can provide a superior quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers and give you a competitive edge — particularly when your service operates at its best. 

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In my last blog[CCE1] , our experts explained why an end-to-end strategy is the key to maintaining peak VoLTE performance. Now we’ll look at how this strategy gets put into practice to optimize real-world service offerings. The information here is based on interviews with Luis Venerio who works with our VoLTE Readiness Services team. And his observations come straight from his experience on VoLTE deployments that serve millions of subscribers.

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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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Mojave Networks Hopes to Solve BYOD Security Challenge

April 2, 2014

BYOD is not new but what has yet to be addressed properly by many organizations is security relating to this plethora of unknown devices. Quite frankly there are many holes in any corporate network where mobile devices are being used. MDM solves some of these challenges but it wasn’t originally designed to keep malicious apps and actors off your network. The Target data breach caused many millions of dollars of reputational damage and potentially long-term marketshare loss for the retailer.

TSO Logic Leverages Equipment Idle Time to Save Power

April 1, 2014

Aaron Rallo had a challenge… He ran an online photo finishing service provider for some of the world’s largest retailers and wanted to lower his costs. One obvious area to look was electricity… He noticed that even though order volume would increase and decrease greatly each month, his power bill seemed to resemble a straight line on a graph each month.

This led to the formation of TSO Logic where he is Founder & CEO… The Vancouver-based company has one customer, Arc Productions in Toronto which uses it solutions on 600 servers to save $140k year in power costs.

ExtraHop Provides Operations Intelligence which Borders on Business Intelligence

April 1, 2014

“We provide operations intelligence which borders on business intelligence,” said Jesse Rothstein CEO of ExtraHop. In a conversation I recently had with him and Erik Giesa,

SVP Marketing. The pair wanted to make clear their company is providing the next generation of IT operations management and moreover, pioneering the idea of extracting value from wire data.

Said Rothstein, “IT operations gets more difficult but expectations for perfection continue to increase,” he continued, “How do you address this?” From there he explained his company’s role is to promote IT operations architecture.

IBM Investment Shows Marketing IS Eating Sales

March 28, 2014

Recently I wrote about the idea that marketing is eating sales, a direct quote from Barry O’Sullivan the new CEO of Altocloud. The concept is that marketing departments are gaining more power within organizations at the expense of sales departments. It isn’t that sales is going away, it is just that much of the waste in a sales department can effectively be eliminated if automated systems are used to better target and presell customers. The idea is a nurtured lead is a far better prospect than a cold call.

Tiscali to be one of the First Software Telcos

March 27, 2014

The traditional telco is dead – the case for moving to COTS technology is just too compelling. This is a theme I have been espousing for over a year. My readers further know companies like Metaswitch Networks have also been making the case as to why carriers need to start evaluating their software options immediately.

You also know about the cost savings associated with moving to standard servers – power and maintenance savings are a few additional benefits.

Libertarians and Fiscal Conservatives Want Currency 2.0

March 26, 2014

For those of you who follow financial or political happenings you know that many conservatives and libertarians favor investing in gold, silver and related commodities because their value cannot be altered by central banks around the world. Congressman and former libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul actually asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke if he sees gold as a currency. Paul has advocated taking the US to a gold standard for years and while this likely won’t happen any time soon, conservatives and libertarians have invested in commodities as a way to protect themselves from the US and other central banks who purposely devalue their currencies.

If you missed the debate BTW, it is a great watch.

Can Apple's Haunted Empire Still Make Hits?

March 20, 2014

Isn’t it funny how much of the world has changed thanks to Steve Jobs? As I sit here at my computer using a mouse and GUI, which Jobs popularized while listening to MP3s, another industry he revitalized, I am fascinated by how much this man changed computing. Over a decade ago, my company TMC launched a show in the biometrics space called BiometriTech and another in the tablet space, Tablet PC Summit. Both shows failed because the companies in the industries failed to make products in volumes that translated into marketing budgets which allowed for a successful conference.

Aspect's Voxeo Acquisition Bears More Fruit

March 18, 2014

Aspect has been expanding the capabilities of its portfolio as well as its deployment options. They have made a bunch of investments and acquisitions and they now have an extremely comprehensive omnichannel contact center capability in the cloud and on-premise. The company has multichannel self-service, agent assist in the contact center, workforce management, backoffice optimization solutions and more.

TMC has been covering them since the eighties and it is pretty amazing how many companies they have purchased during that time - Aspect was actually a company which was acquired and then the name was changed from Concerto.

ShoreTel: The Communications Platform has a new Role to Play

March 18, 2014

ShoreTel Touts Low TCO and Cloud/Premise Integration

I just had a chance to meet with Mark Roberts, CMO of ShoreTel to a get a handle on what the company has been up to lately. He has been at Polycom and Mitel in the past and is just embarking on his fourth month in his new role but seems very excited to be where he is. This is in-part because he beleives the ShoreTel roadmap is the correct one to navigate the ever-evolving communications market.

Samsung Boosts Enterprise Wireless Performance

March 18, 2014

What does a company do after going up against Apple and showing it can compete head-to-head with Cupertino in the device space? Well, if its Samsung the next thing to do is cement your device strategy with wireless concrete meaning new wireless LAN products offering unique integration with Samsung devices. We know about Samsung KNOX and how it is designed to lock enterprises into using Samsung - at the expense of Blackberry and others. Now, this wireless LAN tech uses the best innovations from the world of LTE and brings them to a company near you.

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