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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 »

Xirrus Launch

March 29, 2005

With WiFi Growing so quickly, it was inevitable that companies would start to focus on the needs of the larger WiFi installations. A new company called Xirrus just launched their company and products in the high-density WiFi market.

Their WLAN array integrates a WLAN switch and 16 access points into a single device delivering gigabit class performance at an aggressive price point.

Here are some interesting features of this solution:

  • The Array Controller featuring a 2 Gbps switching fabric, controlling the packet flows of the Integrated Access Points and providing complete spectrum management;
  • A high-gain directionalized antenna system delivering increased rate and range in all directions;
  • Tri-mode 802.11 a/b/g support for existing and emerging mobile devices.

·         16x Greater Capacity: The WLAN Array introduces the industry’s first Gigabit-class Wi-Fi capacity, delivering up to 864 megabits of RF bandwidth to over 1000 clients;

·         4x Greater Coverage: The WLAN Array features a high gain multi-sector antenna system that increases rate and range in all directions yielding four times the coverage area of competing architectures;

  • 33% Lower Cost: Using less equipment to support more users, traffic and advanced applications than current architectures, the WLAN Array simplifies network design and lowers the costs of deploying and maintaining Wireless LANs. 

Xirrus offers a complete family of WLAN Arrays in 16 (XS-3900), 8 (XS-3700) and 4 (XS-3500) Integrated Access Point configurations to maximize deployment options.

Qwest, MCI, and Verizon

March 29, 2005

SPIRIT Supports Java

March 29, 2005

Voice Engine for Multi-Point IP Conferencing now Runs on Java

Spirit claims that the voice quality will not be affected, even if dozens of users participate in a conference.

Features:

  • Any user can join an IP conference from any remote location with limited network access, i.e. Internet cafe or other public Internet access point with download restrictions.
  • Any user can connect to voice mail or another voice stream server (including RTSP and other media broadcast servers) from a remote location with limited network access. All features are accessible from the Web and provide maximum Web privacy.
  • To join a conference user simply clicks on the conference URL in the invitation e-mail (if any) or just types it in the browser address toolbar.

Domestic Travel gets Worse

March 29, 2005

More VoIP Domains

March 29, 2005

Another big day for VoIP domain names. I like samsvoip.com but I don’t think this is going to be a Sam’s Club VoIP offering. uwbvoip.com is interesting as well.

 

 

MultiService Market Rebounds

March 29, 2005

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 29, 2005 - The MultiService switch market rebounded in 2004 with worldwide sales of $2.3 billion, an increase of 9% from 2003, reports In-Stat (http://www.in-stat.com). Sales to service providers accounted for about 90% of total MultiService switch sales in 2004.

"2004 was a turnaround year as service providers began spending to replenish capacity in their networks, add capacity for broadband aggregation, and offer new services, such as MPLS IP VPN and Ethernet services," says Henry Goldberg, In-Stat analyst. "Wireless service providers were a growing, important market for MultiService switch vendors, as they purchased this equipment for Radio Access Network backhaul and other applications."

A recent report by In-Stat found the following:



  • In-Stat forecasts 7% growth in worldwide MultiService switch sales in 2005, and a CAGR of about 6% over the next five years.
  • The MultiService switch market is mature, and In-Stat expects growth rates in sales to gradually decline over time as the products face stiff competition from routers as service providers evolve to MPLS networks.
  • Nortel held the leading position in sales for the fourth consecutive year, attaining a market share of 34% of total MultiService switch sales.

Tech CEOs Hiring

March 29, 2005

95 percent of tech CEOs are planning to grow their workforce, according to Deloitte’s 2005 CEO Survey of the fastest growing technology companies in North America. The tech CEOs surveyed are focusing on internal strategies to grow their companies and are shrugging off economic and terrorism worries.

Key Findings of the Survey:

  • Ninety-five percent of the CEOs plan to grow their workforce, almost two-thirds by 25 percent or more
  • Nearly three-quarters of the CEOs are extremely or very confident about their companies’ future growth
  • Economic concerns are only an issue for 2 percent of the CEOs this year, down significantly from 16 percent last year
  • The necessity of a strong business strategy ranked higher in importance this year; having exceptional or unique products ranked lower
  • Twice as many CEOs as last year are concerned about competitive pressure on pricing and more are concerned with building strategic relationships

China Phishing Skyrockets

March 29, 2005

ActionTec and Skype

March 28, 2005

I was at the water cooler today – sounds like such a cliché, and Tom Keating asked me if I read his ActionTec Skype review. I explained to Tom that I am struggling to catch up with e-mail from just today. Tom laughed and nodded as if he understood.

I felt a bit guilty. Tom is an awesome reviewer and wouldn’t tell me to see his review unless it was important.

Food For Thought

March 28, 2005

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