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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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Zocalo: Amazon Just Fired a Gun at Microsoft, Oracle and Dropbox

Amazon has made its name in ecommerce and cloud but its next frontier may be productivity applications and in the process, they...

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Alcatel-Lucent in Action: a year of progress and look to the future

Sustainability, Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent in Action” is the story of one year of action to transform our company and position it for innovation and growth.

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BlackBerry Broken

February 23, 2005

WiFi Dreaming

February 22, 2005

ITEXPO: 5,000 Registered and Counting

February 22, 2005

I just checked the database of registrations and what an active database it is. People are registering faster than one per minute... They are pouring in. What is more interesting to me is the fact that these registrations are not only Florida based.

Popular Telephony News

February 22, 2005

Popular Telephony will be working with Commoca and TI to introduce a color, touch-screen phone with Popular Telephony's p2p technology embedded inside the device. I am looking forward to the seeing the Popular Telphony products in action at this week's Internet Telephony show in Miami. I have had many people asking me about Popular Telephony's Peerio technology and if I have seen it. I am looking forward to answering them once I get a demo this week at the show.

VoIP Peering Announcements

February 22, 2005

VoIP peering will be much bigger than I thought. There are some very big announcements brewing in this space… One will happen probably tomorrow and the other in the next week or so. I am sworn to secrecy so I will have to keep the details in confidence.

Simply stated, service providers are beginning to take notice of his market and are starting to consider interconnecting with companies that run VoIP peering networks. Service providers (read: large CLECS) are also looking at connecting to centralized ENUM repositories so they can transmit calls at no cost between members.

I can’t tell you who is making the announcement but I can tell you that I am hearing about more and more companies looking at VoIP peering as a way to take their phone costs and slash them so low they become inconsequential.

One of the comments at a dinner I was at tonight was that if Verizon can wait another few months to make its bid, MCI will be worth a few billion less!





UNE-P to VoIP Migration

February 21, 2005

Here is another ITEXPO release. UNE-P has been getting lots of press lately. I am looking forward to hearing Shawn Lewis speak on how service providers should migrate to VoIP.

Paris Hilton Black Book

February 21, 2005

A T-Mobile database break-in allowed hackers to steal many customer records and notably Paris Hilton, one of the highest profile T-Mobile customers was hacked. All her personal records were also posted on the internet. Paris uses a Sidekick and it seems is tech-savvy, meaning an entire legion of nerdy, introverted teens can now fantasize about IMing her. Hackers gained access to phone numbers, photos and private schedules of the blonde paparazzi princess.

Perhaps Paris can look to another New York jetsetter Donald Trump for sage advice.

The VoIP Reseller Opportunity

February 21, 2005

Industry pundits say no one is making money in VoIP. People who make predictions like this are so out of touch with reality they are probably on their way to Neverland with the kids for vacation. I keynoted at an ABP user conference and had a "distinguished" speaker from MCI say in front of an audience of resellers that no one is making money in VoIP except for conference organizers! (Here is a hint, his initials are Dr. H.S.) While I can tell you first-hand that the VoIP conference business is doing great, I wasn't prepared for the number of resellers who came up to me at lunch to say they are making a killing selling VoIP products and services.

VoIP Killer Apps

February 21, 2005

Are there really VoIP killer apps out there? While there are heated debates about this issue in Internet Telephony Magazine, I believe there are killer apps and that the killer app of VoIP will be a laundry-list of features as opposed to a single application. Time will tell whether I am correct but in the mean-time I will continue to present you year after year with some of the industry's best and brightest applications for you to evaluate Come see the show and you can judge for your self if killer-apps in VoIP are hype or reality.

Join us in Orchid C at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 24, 2005 to see it in action.

Here is the schedule:







1:00-1:45

Aculab

2:00-2:45

Interstar

3:00-3:45

Nimcat Networks

4:00-4:45

Vonexus


Everyone is eligible to attend this session.

The Future of VoIP

February 21, 2005

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