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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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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Practical and Smart IMS

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers...

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Saepta Wants to Be the Go to Survey Service

“From the moment you get up in the morning, you start to make decisions and I believe people love to engage through...

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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

Customers Get Revenge on Call Centers

March 28, 2005

Dial-Up Declines

March 28, 2005

BellSouth Awarded Favorable DSL Decision

March 28, 2005

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