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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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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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Interactive Intelligence contact center presentation

March 17, 2005

Qwest Boosts MCI Bid

March 17, 2005

Off To Dallas -- Almost

March 16, 2005

Rich Tehrani Applauds Selection of Kevin Martin as FCC Chairman

March 16, 2005

It is my belief that Mr. Martin is the best person to fill the role of FCC Chairman and as such we expect him to achieve great things for the country and consumers everywhere. I applaud his philosophy of light-touch regulation in broadband and believe he will be remembered as someone who has done great things for broadband growth while protecting consumer interest.

Chairman Martin is a person who understands telecommunications, politics and is a champion of competition and consumer choice. He is not afraid to be controversial if he believes he is right. In short he is an ideal leader at a time when we are at a crossroads in communications technology, media ownership, digital television and a host of other broad issues such as WiMAX proliferation and competition.

What will define Commissioner Martin is how he carefully balances the needs of the incumbent and competitive service providers while taking into account what is best for today's consumer and tomorrow's competitive landscape.

The VoIP industry hopes that Mr. Martin will continue the pro-voice over IP stance the commission has espoused for the past few years.





KEVIN MARTIN SWORN IN AS FCC COMMISSIONER

March 16, 2005

Washington, DC - Kevin J. Martin was sworn in today as a member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term that runs to June 30, 2006.

Before joining the FCC, Martin was a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. He served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Team and was Deputy General Counsel for the Bush campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Martin was an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He has also served in the Office of the Independent Counsel and worked as an associate at the Washington, DC law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding.

DSL Evangelism

March 16, 2005

Here are some DSL adoption stats from the DSL Forum. The report seems one-sided but if the stats are accurate it marks impressive growth for the DSL market in general. I eliminated all but the salient points of their news.

  • DSL Subscribers Worldwide Sail Past the 100 Million Mark
  • 35.5 Million New Global DSL Subscribers in 2004
  • North American DSL Surpasses 16 Million in 2004 While DSL Subscriber Base in Latin America Grows More Than 100%

Global DSL subscribers sailed past the 100 million mark in February 2005, according to the latest data produced for the DSL Forum by industry analyst Point Topic.

VoIP MP3 Player

March 16, 2005

You have heard me talk about the VoIPOD for a while now and that is why I was excited to read on MacWorld that a South Koprean company will unveil an MP3 player with VoIP in May. The company is Ezmax and the model number is the EZMP4200P.

The device is 70 millimeters long, 24mm in diameter, and weighs 24 grams without the AAA-size battery. As well as MP3 music files, it plays a number of other formats including WMA (Windows Media Audio), ASF (Advanced Systems Format) and Ogg. The device is capable of voice recording, comes with an FM radio and has a two-color (blue and yellow) 128-x-64 pixel OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) screen.

The device is available in three models, each with a different flash memory-based storage capacity: 256MB, 512MB and 1GB.



Harris Interactive VoIP Study

March 16, 2005

Harris Interactive just released a new telecom study and they say consumer attitudes and technology drawbacks are barriers to adoption. This seems in  line with where the industry is. We still have some work ahead of us in educating the world on why they need to adopt voice over IP in their home and business.

Salient points:

  • While nearly nine in 10 (87%) business decision makers are aware of VoIP (76% at least somewhat familiar), one-third (36%) of consumers are aware of VoIP (56% at least somewhat familiar).
  • Furthermore, while 12 percent of business decision makers familiar with VoIP currently use it, only three percent of consumers familiar with the technology use it.

See You in Dallas Thursday

March 15, 2005

Here are the details of the Interactive Intelligence Seminar I am participating in this Thursday in Dallas. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 17

 

8:00 – 8:30 am

Registration & Complimentary Interactive Breakfast

Foyer

8:30 – 8:50 am

Welcome – Interactive Intelligence Corporate Introduction and Best Practices in an IP Contact Center

Joe Staples, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ININ

8:50  – 9:20 am

Keynote – Industry Direction

Rich Tehrani, President of Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®)

9:30 – 10:00 am

Best Practices in the IP Contact Center 

Network/IT Planning; Clear Plan for Workforce Optimization and Customer Driven Applications  

Peggy Gritt, Senior Director, Global Market Solution, ININ

9:50 – 10:00 am

Break

10:00 – 10:30 am

Customer Interaction Center® (CIC) Live Demo

Tim Passios, Team Lead, Technical Sales, ININ

10:30 – 11:00 am

Change Management

Ivy Meadors, Founder and CEO of High Tech High Touch Solutions, Inc.

11:00 – 11:15 am

Customer Success Story

John Andrews, Effective Teleservices

11:15 – 11:30 am

Hitting Home: Keys to Success

Joe Staples, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ININ

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Complimentary Lunch

Crystal Palace 

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Registration

Foyer

1:00  –1:20 pm

Welcome – Vonexus Corporate Introduction and the Microsoft®-based IP PBX 

Joe Staples, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ININ/Vonexus

1:20 –1:50 pm

Keynote – The Future of IP Telephony

Rich Tehrani, President of Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®)

1:50 –2:20 pm

Maximize your Microsoft Investment 

Leverage your communications into your Microsoft Business Solutions

Joe Adams, Advanced Technology Evangelist, Vonexus

2:20 – 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 – 3:00 pm

The Microsoft-based IP PBX: Enterprise Interaction Center® (EIC) Live Demo

Learn how the EIC IP PBX boosts worker productivity with a full Microsoft integrated solution 

Tim Passios, Team Lead, Technical Sales, ININ/Vonexus

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Case Study – Access Technologies

Joe Adams, Advanced Technology Evangelist, Vonexus

3:15 – 3:45 pm

Vonexus LiveConference

Meet your full conferencing needs with an audio solution integrated with Microsoft LiveMeeting 

Joe Adams, Advanced Technology Evangelist, Vonexus

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Hitting Home: Keys to Success

Joe Staples, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, ININ/Vonexus

Packet8 Services

March 15, 2005

Packet8 has on fire with announcements lately and the newest one talks about their business class features. Here are three new features the company will offer: Virtual Office VoIP-hosted PBX service – Virtual Extensions, Metered Extensions and Toll Free Local Number Portability (LNP).

With the Virtual Extension feature, businesses can customize any number of specific extensions to function as information-only mailboxes for items such as driving directions, special promotional offers and other customer service announcements. While Virtual Extensions are not associated with a physical Virtual Office telephone, they can be forwarded to remote numbers anywhere in the world for 3.9 cents per minute in the U.S. and Canada plus applicable international rates when calling overseas. Virtual Extensions can be reached from the auto attendant, through direct inward dial (DID), and an extension call, and may be added to Virtual Office plans for $9.95 per extension per month plus a one-time activation fee of $19.95.

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