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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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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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UK Railroad WiFi

February 16, 2005

If you thought the train was a place where you could catch up on your reading without intrusions from the rest of the world and especially your boss, think again. T-Mobile UK just announced they gave WiFi access on trains. In fact, Redline Communications is announcing that its AN-50e broadband wireless platform is being deployed by UK-based Nomad Digital for this high-speed Internet project for Southern Trains. Nomad Digital is a company formed in 2002 that provides WiFi services and hotspot deployments while Southern Trains provides service throughout the UK.

Here are the highlights of the announcement:



  • The pilot deployment features more than 30 Redline units installed on base stations at 3 km intervals along a 90 km corridor route between London and Brighton
  • With some links passing data to and from moving trains at 32 Mbps, this is the fastest data link to a train anywhere in the world
  • The new Wi-Fi service is part of a new offering for T-Mobile HotSpot customers
  • T-Mobile will offer a free trial of the high speed Internet service between early March and end of April
  • During this trial period the service will initially be available on a limited number of Southern trains on the London to Brighton route.

Rich Tehrani Vs. Mark Spencer

February 15, 2005

Tonight I have the most interesting assignment of all. I have to tear down open source telephony. Not literally mind you but next week I go on stage with Mark Spencer the guru of open source, founder of Digium and Asterisk and have to debate him one-on-one. He is taking the (no surprise here) pro-open source side of the argument and I am against it (or at least that's the role I play onstage).

If you can believe it, we couldn't find a PBX vendor to debate Mark and I thought my idea was great (I have my moments) and I wouldn’t let it die.

This is how the scenario worked out...



Leaving CompTel

February 15, 2005

Buffet and Soros Like Cable

February 15, 2005

Two of the world’s richest people and most savvy investors are eying the cable industry. Is this a sign that video-on-demand and other such services will be highly profitable or that a wave of consolidation will make the big bigger and stronger?

Yesterday I wrote about Cablevision mulling a possible takeover bid and now this… It seems that consolidation fever is contagious.

The most important question may be why don’t these investors see Verizon and SBC as strong competition? If they did see a serious threat, would they be making these investments? Is it possible they see an acquisition in cable by SBC and Verizon?



MCI Shareholders Squabble over Verizon Offer

February 15, 2005

At least three MCI shareholders are not happy with the offer from Verizon and they suggest either doing nothing or looking at the Qwest offer. While this could be an attempt to raise the price Verizon pays, it could also present a roadblock to a deal that seemed like a sure thing

The three shareholders in question are John Paulson at Paulson & Co.; Bruce Berkowitz at Fairholme Capital Management LLC and Leon Cooperman at Omega Advisors Inc and represent three of the six largest shareholders.

Verizon is paying $20.75 a share for MCI, including $14.75 in stock, $1.50 in cash and $4.50 comprised of a special dividend and MCI's planned quarterly dividends, including a 40-cent dividend approved by the MCI board on Feb. 11.
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Qwest's $23 offer comprised $15.50 in stock and $7.50 in cash.



Verizon and MCI

February 14, 2005

I second Tom’s opinion on the Verizon, MCI deal while I understand fully why Verizon is almost forced to do this deal. The last thing Verizon wants is to be standing without a chair (read national carrier) when the music stops.

But the situation seems to get worse as time goes on as Cablevision , the provider in my own backyard seems to be mulling a merger as well. In a country where broadband is slower and more expensive than many parts of Asia and penetration rates are not in the top 10 in the world, we need more competition, not less.

Industry consolidation doesn’t seem to aid the consumer in any way I can ascertain but perhaps WiMAX or some other technology will come to the rescue and give us meaningful broadband competition in the future.



RADVISION Enables 3G Smartphone

February 14, 2005

RADVSION is making some great progress selling into the wireless space:

ASUSTEK CHOOSES RADVISION 3G-324M TOOLKIT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW 3G VIDEO SMARTPHONE

New Technology Leverages RADVISION Toolkit’s Support of Windows CE Operating System and Intel’s New Chipset for 3G Multimedia Services

3GSM World Congress, Cannes, France (Hall 2, Stand E23) and Fair Lawn, New Jersey, February 14, 2005 -- RADVISION (Nasdaq: RVSN), a source of award winning, industry-standard products and technologies for real-time multimedia communications, today announced that its popular 3G-324M Developer Toolkit was chosen by ASUSTeK Ltd. to develop its upcoming line of 3G multifunction video phones, operating on the Microsoft’s Windows CE operating system and using Intel’s chipset.  

The choice of the RADVISION 3G-324M developer solution, including the industry’s first implementation of the ITU’s recently ratified version 10 of the H.245 call control, will enable ASUSTeK to develop a new breed of 3G visual communication devices that offer the best in quality, functionality, low power consumption, minimal call setup time and support of advanced multimedia services.  Powered by the RADVISION 3G Developer Toolkit, ASUSTeK’s new line of smartphones will enable users to experience video streaming and video portal-based services in addition to participating in high-quality one-to-one and multiparty visual communications with other users.

To enable equipment providers to create best-in-class products that leverage advanced features, RADVISION has ported its 3G-324M and SIP developer solutions to support a host of operating systems such as Windows CE, Symbian and Embedded Linux and multimedia chipsets including Intel, TI, Qualcomm, and others.  The 3G-324M toolkit is part of RADVISION’s 3G developer solution suite, a comprehensive architecture of developer toolkits and applications for the creation and testing of voice, video, and data collaboration services for mobile or fixed broadband communication. 

“After looking at a number of 3G-324M developer solutions , we found RADVISION’s developer solution to be the ideal platform for building our upcoming line of advanced 3G multimedia devices due to its powerful functionality, robust developer APIs and its tight integration and support of both the Windows CE operating system and Intel’s multimedia chipset,” said HC Hung, Vice President of ASUSTeK  "The RADVISION solution will not only dramatically decrease our time to market but also, due to the availability of their SIP developer platform, provides us with an elegant upgrade path to a SIP-based IMS architecture.”   

Support for Windows CE
ASUSTeK will use the Windows CE version of the RADVISION 3G-324M Toolkit to develop a complete reference design for its new line of 3G Smartphones running the Windows CE operating system.  Windows CE, a market-leading flexible software platform for mobile devices and applications for devices, is licensed by many of the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers to provide advanced data and multimedia functionality in an integrated, intuitive user interface.  Windows CE provides a robust platform to developers to build applications in a familiar development environment for a new class of mobile devices, allowing them to be delivered to market quickly and inexpensively.

About the RADVISION 3G-324M Toolkit and Associated Solutions
The RADVISION 3G-324M Developer Toolkit enables the creation of wireless multimedia applications and services such as videoconferencing and video streaming for 3G mobile phones over existing circuit-switched networks. The toolkit complements RADVISION’s existing support for mobile networks, which includes its award-winning SIP Toolkit for 3G mobile application development and the viaIP 3G-324M Gateway for bridging 3G wireless mobile videophones to IP or ISDN based videoconferencing systems.

RADVISION’s 3G-324M toolkit enables vendors to develop and offer service providers differentiated delay-sensitive real-time multimedia (voice, video, data) applications and services, including:
·           Multimedia/video conferencing with other 3G mobiles, fixed or WiFi IP terminals using H.323/SIP
·           Video Portals
·           Multimedia/Multi-participant gaming

The 3G-324M Toolkit provides network equipment and mobile device manufacturers the ability to improve time-to-market by simplifying and accelerating the development process for high performance, standards-based 3G-324M wireless products. Based on RADVISION’s award-winning H.323 Protocol Toolkit, the 3G-324M Toolkit incorporates sophisticated call-control functionality (H.245 version 10) that allows developers to implement enhanced functionalities including advanced terminal capabilities exchange and rich conference control services such as multi-point, multimedia session handling.

This developer toolkit is complemented by RADVISION’s full line of developer solutions that address the needs of developers building servers and mobile devices for 3G and WiFi based services.  RADVISION provides its development partners with all the tools and complementary components to effectively design and bring to market solutions for virtually every point in the IP and 3G mobile network and supports the development of products based on the following protocols:
·         SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) according to RFC3261
·         SIP/SIMPLE (Presence and Instant Messaging)
·         3G-324M (for real-time multimedia over 3G)
·         RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol)
·         RTP/RTCP (Real Time Transport Protocol/Real Time Transport Control Protocol)
·         MEGACO/MGCP
·         IP Phone/Video Phone

About RADVISION
RADVISION (Nasdaq: RVSN) is the industry’s leading provider of high quality, scalable and easy-to-use products and technologies for videoconferencing, video telephony, and the development of converged voice, video and data over IP and 3G networks.  For more information please visit our website at www.radvision.com.




































New ITEXPO Speakers

February 14, 2005

A few new speakers I thought you might like to know about. Come see them all next week in Miami.



Time Warner Telecom

Mr. Michael A. Rouleau, Senior Vice President – Business Development and Strategy, has been with Time Warner Telecom since November, 1999. Mr. Rouleau’s extensive experience in the telecom and data communications industries has resulted in the successful implementation and delivery of many advanced and innovative products. In his current position, Mr. Rouleau is responsible for developing Time Warner Telecom’s strategic direction and integrating new services and technologies over the next several years.

FrontRange at ITEXPO

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Broadand on Planes

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