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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 »

ITEXPO Day 2 Report

February 23, 2005

The exhibit hall was a mob scene tonight. Exhibitors told me this is the busiest show they have ever seen, beating the Internet World events of '99. Thanks to all of you that have made this show such a success and for those of you that told us you learned a great deal at the event.

These shows are all about you, the implementer of VoIP. This I the exact reason why all of my sessions took so many audience questions as your questions are always the best ones.

The Future of IP telephony session tonight was my favorite panel of the show because I got to learn where the industry's going and there was such a great exchange between the audience and the panel.

The audience interaction tonight has convinced me that this session is worth doing again and again.





Standing Room Only

February 23, 2005

Overwhelmed! That is the best word to describe my feeling as I walked through the conference sessions today. Virtually all conferences were standing room only. For example, Toshiba's David Fridley spoke in an IP PBX session that had over 150 people and at the same time there were 500 -- Yes, 500 resellers in the keynote room listening to a panel session I moderated on how to make money in VoIP.

I don't have final numbers but it seems like around 800 people in the conferences this first day so far.

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.

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