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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 »

U4EA VoIP Funding

February 11, 2005

LONDON - (February 14, 2005) - U4EA Technologies, the leading embedded quality of service (QoS) software provider for multi-service networks, announced today that it has successfully completed another funding round

Developed to support carrier and enterprise customers, U4EA’s next-generation network devices include two technologically advanced hardware products that will launched later in the first quarter of 2005.

These products have been developed to enhance network access across converged, fixed and internet-based (IP) networks and enable simple migration to reliable triple-play communications.

U4EA's Ethernet IP Telephony Adapter below:

More on UNE-P

February 11, 2005

Big news in the UNE-P world. The company formerly known as Z-Tel (now Trinsic) purchased equipment from Integral Access last December to allow them to transition to a facility based provider via UNE-L Lines, and Integral Access’ PurePacket Multiservice platform and softswitch based architecture. Now PCS1 is doing the same.

Time Warner Telecom

February 11, 2005

Probably the most exciting part of my job is being able to help leading companies in the world break important news. At the last Internet Telephony Expo in LA, Skype’s Niklas Zennstrom announced a slew of new products and initiatives. Zennstrom will be presenting again at ITEXPO in Miami in just over a week and I can’t wait to hear what he says.



In addition, Time Warner Telecom will choose Internet Telephony Expo to make a huge announcement about their entry into VoIP. They say they will have something compelling and different to announce.



Apple Stock Split

February 11, 2005

Apple declared a 2-for-1 stock split today and I can’t believe the irony here. When they sold computers in the last five years, their prospects were dismal but now that they are a consumer electronics leader, they are growing, splitting stock and basically partying like its 1999 all over again.





                    The Elegant Mac Mini

My hats off to the company for turning things around when almost no body believed it could be done. When the iPOD was releases, no one knew it would do this well and I am sure the company is more surprised than the rest of us.

Leveraging this incredible success is the next goal and already they are launching products that play off the iPOD theme such as the MAC mini.

What is the future of Apple? They can become the next Sony if they want.





AT&T Clears Record Re: Vonage

February 10, 2005

I received this e-mail just now:

AT&T CORRECTS THE RECORD CONCERNING VONAGE SUIT

 (Background: Some incorrect news stories have been circulating claiming that Vonage, an AT&T VoIP competitor, prevailed in its lawsuit against AT&T for use of the AT&T CallVantage® Service name. This statement will set the record straight.)

The following statement may be attributed to AT&T:

VocalTec Service Platform

February 10, 2005

I spoke with Ari Rabban at VocalTec and he was telling me about his new BAX Broadband VoIP Access Platform that encompasses a softswitch and a service platform that allows service providers to deploy new services rapidly. They can do much of what a Broadsoft or Sylantro solution can do but their feature server is coupled with a softswitch that can scale due to its distributed architecture.

This is a new product for VocalTec and while they are competing with some larger companies in this space, it is interesting to point out to those of you new to VoIP that VocalTec is the company that started the VoIP market. They invented the software and gateway.

Mitel’s Navigator and More

February 10, 2005

I had a chance to play with Mitel’s latest creation the Navigator… It is a sleek, silver device that is designed to fit neatly under a flat screen (or other monitor). It is much nicer than other traditional corporate telecom devices… Not as nice as something from Bang & Olufsen but better design than 90% of IT equipment you will see in an office.

Photo 1: Mitel Navigator

So what is the device? A telephone replacement. You see if you take the functions of a telephone… The primary ones anyway – you know the keypad, speakers, microphone, etc and were to integrate them with your computer monitor, voila, you would have the Mitel Navigator.

What is interesting about the device is the 9 programmable keys that can be used for a variety of applications and functions from telephony to computer.

VoIP in 67 Countries

February 10, 2005

The pace of VoIP growth quickens. Case in point, attendees from 67 countries are now signed up to attend Internet Telephony Conference & Expo making ITEXPO the world's largest global VoIP Event! Registration is amazingly, still tracking at 100% growth over last year. Here are the countries:

Argentina
Aruba
Austria
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Bolivia
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cameroon
Canada
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana



























Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Kuwait
Liberia
Malaysia
Mauritius
Mexico
















Monaco
Morocco
Netherlands Antilles
Nicaragua




Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Taiwan
Tanzania
Togo
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
USA
Venezuela




















Verizon and MCI

February 10, 2005

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Verizon is going after MCI as well with an informal bid of 6.3 billion dollars, similar to Qwest’s offer. According to the journal, Many of MCI's shareholders prefer a deal with Verizon over a tie-up with Qwest, in part because New York-based Verizon ranks as one of the nation's strongest and largest phone companies, with a market capitalization of more than $100 billion. Denver-based Qwest, by contrast, is seen as the weakest of the regional Bell companies and has a market value of roughly $7.8 billion.

Qwest has $17.2 billion dollars in debt already and such an acquisition certainly would put ever more pressure on the company. A Verizon deal obviously is the more logical for MCI if all else remains equal.

Ebbers, Drugs and Coffee

February 10, 2005

The chief witness against ex-WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers took the stand recently, touching on drug use and coffee filters at the once high-flying telecom giant. What is interesting about this New York Daily News story is that Ebbers claims not to know anything about the accounting fraud yet the star witness for the government, Scott Sullivan said that Ebbers counted coffee filters and coffee bags and when the latter were in shorter supply than the former, he deduced that the employees must be taking coffee home. The point of course is he seemed pretty involved in accounting at some level.

Interestingly I ran into Ebber’s old boss a few days ago, a fellow by the name of Alan Peyser, who was the Chairman and CEO of Cable & Wireless. Al told me he knew Ebbers well and actually Ebbers worked for him at on point and he worked for Ebbers at another point.

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