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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 »

Intel VoIP Happenings

March 20, 2005

Lots of interesting things are happening over at Intel. They have a really interesting array microphone that allows more life-like conferencing. Diamondware has integrated with the microphone technology and their 3-d and stereo conferencing solutions. They're doing their best to further interoperability standards in areas such as SIP where there are so many different proprietary extensions.

Telchemy and TI

March 20, 2005

SIPquest, Nortel and Presence

March 20, 2005

Apple Changes Industry

March 20, 2005

Among the countless industry's Apple has changed over the years from desktop publishing to graphic arts/design, music and video... There could be a new one on the horizon. The company is responsible for a beautification of rack mountable computers in telecom and elsewhere. In the next few years, expect to see more rack mountable servers available in iPOD white.

Bezel design of all things is becoming a differentiator in communications and elsewhere.



Nuera's orca: A Pioneer



IMO this whole bezel design thing started in August of 1999 when I wrote about Nuera's Orca VoIP gateway.





Cisco Linksys Rumor

March 20, 2005

Belkin CallEverywhere

March 20, 2005

Having written about telecom for years, I must say I was excited about the opportunity to step into the voice-activated phone booth of the future. This is Belkin's (Belkin news, Belkin VoIP news, alert) idea of what it will look like and it is a high-tech wonder. Sure, they probably know that phone booths will never again have a place in our future due to the advent of the cell phone but hey, at a trade show, you need to do what you can to get attention.

The idea worked. At our ITEXPO show in Miami, the Miami Herald (free registration required) decided to take a picture of one of their phone booths and use it as a story that ran on one of the covers of their newspaper.



The phone booth was really amazing as it uses voice recognition and touch screen technology to allow you to connect with your party over VoIP.

GN 8120 USB

March 20, 2005

Sometimes the simplest of products are the most important. GN Netcom has invented lots of new products and technologies but perhaps their simplest one will become the most popular.

I recently witnessed their GN 8120 USB headset adapter, a simple 3-button devices allowing you to take advantage of some VoIP features without the need to interact with the computer. Buttons can perform different functions such as picking up the phone or hanging up. A two-button combo can stand for 911, and you can program the buttons as you see fit.

Skype Bluetooth Headset

March 20, 2005

I've been promoting bluetooth for years and it seems like the technology is finally catching on like mad in the states. That is why I got excited when I read this post on TMCnet that talks about a Skype bluetooth headset.

Dear All,

We have completed a two month trial for the SkypeHeadset, a plugin application for Skype that allow users of Bluetooth headsets to control accepting, terminating and muting calls in Skype from their headsets. It also comes with quick-dial and auto-dial features. This is the link to the previous announcement http://forum.skype.com/viewtopic.php?t=14703

This application was released to a group of Skype users to evaluate, test and report any usability issues.





AJaX: Two steps forward... Two steps back?

March 20, 2005

(From www.java.net)

Day one of TSSJS has been a mix of wow! and doh!


Like Ed, I've been intrigued by the promise of AJaX, but when I consider it in a wider context I'm a bit concerned.

The basic message of AJaX is that modern browsers, through a combination of JavaScript and XmlHttpRequest, provide an advanced client that allows you to write rich client interfaces without the need to deploy a plugin.

So far so good, but when you look at the mechanisms that are currently available to take advantage of AJaX, a boatload of JavaScript embedded in an HTML file, you will probably experience a sickening feeling of deja vu all over again.

AJaX totally blows the idea of seperating presentation markup and code snippets.



Dangling Broadband From the Phone Stick

March 19, 2005

I spent some time in Starbucks today and didn't have my laptop. Half of me felt about as guilty as a human being can feel because I have a T-Mobile hotspot subscription and I could actually feel the WiFi passing through me. I had lots of ideas to blog but I had no outlet.

So I did what other people seem to do when they have no broadband access, I picked up a New York Times and started reading. I came across a story that confirms something I have been writing about for a while.

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