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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Practical and Smart IMS

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers...

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Do Not Call List Hurts MCI

February 28, 2005

MCI (chart) sales recently fell 10% in theĀ 4th quarter. Revenue from consumer and small business customers dropped a full 21%! Long-distance subscriber counts are the reason according to MCI. Perhaps every Vonage user was once using MCI?

Seriously, the company blames its inability to use telemarketing as a reason for their decrees in new customer acquisition.

MCI Selling Low?

February 28, 2005

Last Friday MCI CEO Capellas said in response to MCI shareholders against the Verizon deal, "In Verizon we see a partner that compliments our business," he continued, "We recognize the input of shareholders. We acknowledge receipt of Qwest's proposal and remain respectful to all parties."

Qwest is willing to set a third bid for MCI, even though their latest bid is a billion dollars greater than that of Verizon. The only thing Qwest wants is some respect. They want to talk with MCI.

ITEXPO Wrap Up

February 25, 2005

It has been an incredible week and I can tell you now that the excitement level in VoIP has never been so great. People from over 70 countries came to ITEXPO this week and the attendees were hungry for information. Exhibitors told me that many of these people weren't neophytes. Many had already implemented VoIP and were looking for other voice components such as QoS monitoring to put in their network.

Virus Kills The Presentation?

February 25, 2005

That should read "Amost Kills the Presentation." At some point last night, probably when I was downloading a photo for my presentation around 1:00 AM I caught a nasty virus. My virus scanner called it a Trojan Horse. I didn't write down the name as I didnā€™t want to get too friendly with it I use AVG AntiVirus and the program got rid of the virus but not immediately. In fact I was somehow stuck in an infinite loop of new IE windows opening up while I was trying to save my PowerPoint Presentation.

Birth of a New Industry

February 25, 2005

The Busiest Show Ever

February 25, 2005

This is a phrase I heard repeatedly at the most successful ITEXPO EVER! Thank you all for coming and making this show such a success. We had an amazingly large audience and exhibitors told me this is the most qualified audience they have ever witnessed at a show while conferees said they were happy with our conference program and appreciate the fact that TMC values their educational experience.

If this ITEXPO is not a barometer of the industry's success and phenomenal growth, I am not sure what is.

Without all of you... Attendees and exhibitors, we can't have great shows so thanks for coming in droves and I am humbled by all the compliments you gave me over the last few days.

My thanks also to the TMC team for working around the clock to help keep up with the demands of this event.

Witness the "Mass of humanity" at ITEXO Miami 2005.







Open-Source Debate

February 24, 2005

What I really love about ITEXPO events is the networking opportunities and how much I can learn in a few minutes of relaxed conversations with colleagues. I had a chance to hang out with close friends and new ones in the industry last night. I got to see Mark Lyons from Vonage for example and noted he is one of the most passionate people in VoIP. He is the VP of Sales -- VAR Channel and was sharing stories of meetings he has had in China and more.

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

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