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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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IPCC Congratulates FCC's Kevin Martin

March 22, 2005

Veraz in Call Centers

March 22, 2005

Veraz announced it has a call center compression solution using VoIP. The solution is based on Veraz’s I-Gate 4000 family of media gateways that can compress at ratios up to 12 to 1 for voice, enabling major savings in bandwidth costs while maintaining high toll-quality voice expected by multi-national corporations. Moreover, internal redundancy features guarantees the continuation of voice calls, fax and modem traffic under any network or system failure offering with five-nines system availability demanded from carrier-grade systems. Finally, the in-band management of the multi-site I-Gate 4000 gateways from a centralized site allows for significant savings on operational costs.

Why this is important? Veraz is company that also focuses on service providers.

Vonage Blocked Again!

March 22, 2005

No details are being given but Vonage is being blocked again. I’ve mentioned this sort of problem as a major concern of mine in the past and I hope the FCC really gives it to service providers that play dirty. My bigger concern is service providers playing with packets just a bit. Not enough to block but to inherently affect the voice quality of Vonage, Skype and others.

Level 3 Withdraws Petition

March 22, 2005

Yesterday Level 3 withdrew its forbearance petition. As you may recall the petition was originally put forward as a way to ensure that Level 3 would not have to pay access charges for terminating certain types of VoIP traffic (read more on the Level 3 FCC Buzz Page).

Recently Kevin Martin (Kevin Martin buzz page) became head of the FCC and as such there seems to be a level of anxiety as  to what the response will be. According to Level 3’s CEO, Jim Crowe, "Level 3 has withdrawn the petition in deference to the Commission. Given the appointment of new leadership only three business days before the statutory deadline for ruling on the petition, we determined it was inappropriate to ask the agency to resolve this important issue in the timeframe required by law.

Moderating at NCTA

March 21, 2005

The NCTA or national Cable and Telecommunications Association was nice enough to invite me to moderate the following panel:

"VoIP Me! Marketing to the New Telephone Customer"
Monday, April 4 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Esplanade 305/307, Moscone South - San Francisco, California

SESSION DESCRIPTION:

It's part telephone, part Internet. It's a dash of the familiar punctuated with a bold take on the future. And it's among cable's most promising new businesses.







SBC to Chicago: Kill Rate Regs

March 21, 2005

Please read this article by clicking on the link. I posted much of it here because it is so good and to be honest, anyone in telecom needs to be aware of these issues. I have some contact info listed at the bottom in red if you are interested in having your voice heard on this matter.

SBC to state: Kill rate regs

Seeks to scrap phone price controls; sweetens offer with 3-year freeze





By Julie Johnsson
March 21, 2005

SBC Communications Inc. is pushing Springfield lawmakers to approve sweeping deregulation that would remove all price controls on local telephone service in Illinois.

A bill introduced by Sen. James Clayborne Jr., D-East St. Louis, would effectively gut the Illinois Commerce Commission's (ICC) oversight of the rates SBC offers customers and competitors. State regulators would still have the authority to penalize the Baby Bell for shortfalls in customer service, however.


To sweeten the deal, SBC proposes a three-year freeze on the price of basic phone service for consumers who purchase only a dial tone from the Baby Bell or minor add-ons, such as caller identification.





Self-Service For Cable

March 21, 2005

Self-Service For Cable

Here is some news on the back-end of VoIP or the service side. Conversagent, (www.conversagent.com) a provider of conversational customer service software, has launched "AskTWC" with Time Warner Cable. Combined with current client Comcast, this gives Conversagent the top two US cable company customer self-service solutions.

Some highlights include:



  • Customers ask questions in their own words and get immediate, direct answers, not pages of search results or answers to FAQ questions
  • Available to customers 24x7
  • Serve a virtually infinite number of customers at once

This online self-service option will become available over the coming months to cable, high-speed Internet and digital phone customers.

Volo i-911

March 21, 2005

Volo made a splash today with its new service which is part of its VoiceOne Information Services (VOIS) product. The service is called i-911 and it uses the National Emergency Number Association or NENA's XML standards, the i-911 service emulates the wireline 911 environment with the delivery of accurate location information and call back numbers.

A key feature of the i-911 service is that it can route emergency calls for the customer whose location is constant and the customer who often moves the location of his VoIP device. Customers can update their new location information in real time, so that their i-911 call will be delivered to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in the new location. Also, the i-911 service provides PSAPs the information they need to dispatch emergency services in the event that an emergency call is disconnected or the caller cannot speak.

Envision Launches Business Consulting Group

March 21, 2005

The Weakest Link

March 21, 2005

I woke up sick this morning and fought myself to get up for a few hours. I finally threw in the towel and hoped to sleep it off. Something has been going around for a few weeks my doctor informed me. While in his office he prescribed me medication over a PDA which beamed the info to my pharmacy.

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