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NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

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Rapport Open APIs Increase Employee Productivity

By: Richard Hatheway, Director, Enterprise Communications Product Marketing, Rapport for Large Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

What is one of the biggest factors affecting employee productivity today? Recent studiesby the National Business Research Institute and the Pew Research Center indicate that not having the right technology tools to do their jobs is one of the most critical. From something as simple as having a cell phone to as advanced as having a customized app, having the right tool provides employees with a productivity boost.

Unfortunately though, many large enterprises are unable to take advantage of advances in technology due to old or outdated infrastructure and ICT technology silos. In addition, being locked in to one technology vendor often stymies the enterprise from being able to update the tools necessary to increase employee productivity.

For instance, something as simple as developing and deploying a new app is often a frustrating experience, as the enterprise must submit a request to the technology vendor for a new app to be developed, then wait until the vendor adds it to their development queue before finding out when to expect it. This often takes months, if not longer.

In the meantime, instead of waiting for the new app, many employees take the “shadow IT” route. They download rogue (i.e., non-IT-supported) apps that will allow them to move forward with at least some of the functionality they seek, even without IT support. While this work-around may provide some degree of productivity enhancement for the employee, wouldn’t it be better if the enterprise was able to either plug in existing best-of-breed third-party apps or develop and deploy its own apps without having to wait for a vendor to become involved?

Alcatel-Lucent thinks so, which is one of the reasons our new solution, Rapport™ for Large Enterprise, is generating so much interest. Rapport is a private cloud-based communications and collaboration solution designed specifically for the large enterprise.

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Versay Solutions Moves to Support the Omnichannel World

A company known for professional services in the contact center – Chicago-based Versay Solutions has more recently applied its skills in analytics...

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Splice Software Uses the Power of Analytics to Expand its Product Line

Big data and analytics have had a huge impact on numerous spaces and certainly marketing is one of these areas. Perhaps the...

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Jet.com The .Good the .Bad and the .Ugly

The .GoodI’ve been using Jet.com for a few weeks and so far I have found the selection to be about 20-30% of...

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VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers...

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Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

I’ve been among the first people to realize how drones can be a major problem for security in the world. In February...

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Aspect and Asterisk

March 11, 2005

Many of you have witnessed me debating Mark Spencer of Digium onstage at ITEXPOs over the years. It's always a fun debate/discussion and from what the audience shares with me, our sessions are very educational. Amazingly, Mark launched Asterisk, the open-source PBX but that wasn't his initial intent. He started his company to support Linux systems.

Merril Lynch on Wireless

March 11, 2005

Yet another Merrill Lynch research report. Hey, where were these guys in 2002? Either telecom is hot or covering oil companies is just plain boring

Telecomm: Conference Highlights - USA


On March 7-9, Merrill Lynch hosted its Communications Forum in Dallas, with over 40 telecom services and equipment companies. Key takeaways from the conference included: confirmation of our view that wireless growth remains solid, the equipment provider implications of FTTx and HSDPA rollouts, that handset inventory is above Qualcomm's desired level, and that the status quo remains likely for the telecom regulatory environment in the intermediate term.

First, we think that underlying wireless growth remains solid, within the context of an improving market structure.






Merril Lynch on Wireless

March 11, 2005

Yet another Merrill Lynch research report. Hey, where were these guys in 2002? Either telecom is hot or covering oil companies is just plain boring

Telecomm: Conference Highlights - USA


On March 7-9, Merrill Lynch hosted its Communications Forum in Dallas, with over 40 telecom services and equipment companies. Key takeaways from the conference included: confirmation of our view that wireless growth remains solid, the equipment provider implications of FTTx and HSDPA rollouts, that handset inventory is above Qualcomm's desired level, and that the status quo remains likely for the telecom regulatory environment in the intermediate term.

First, we think that underlying wireless growth remains solid, within the context of an improving market structure.






WiMAX in Japan

March 11, 2005

ITEXPO Criticism

March 11, 2005

Wireline Shakeup

March 11, 2005

Here are some excerpts from a Merrill Lynch report.

Telecom Equip-Wireline: Vendor Shakeup Likely in Next 12-18 Months

Verizon FTTP Evolution Could Challenge Tellabs, Ciena (Incumbents) in 2006

• Verizon outlined its Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network evolution plans at the Merrill Lynch Communications Forum held earlier this week in Dallas. Similar to SBC and BellSouth, Verizon plans to adopt the IPTV standard to offer advanced video services in mid to late 2006. We believe the move to IPTV would require new equipment, thereby challenging the incumbency of current vendors, primarily Tellabs (AFC) and Ciena, who have ATM-based equipment.

Spirent Distributed Abacus

March 11, 2005

Testing Goes Virtual

Spirent Communications announced availability of the Distributed Abacus IP Telephony Rollout Platform designed to assess and validate signaling performance and call quality in pre-production networks. The single system links distributed, live network test devices and enables IP and Hybrid IP/PSTN call quality assessment before a VoIP service launches. Think of this as a “virtual” test platform based on the Abacus 5000.
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Spirent’s Distributed Abacus IP telephony Rollout Platform provides network statistics such as jitter, delay and packet loss; call measurements statistics such as call setup time, percent of call completions, and call termination reason; and voice quality metrics such as MOS, PESQ and R value. Spirent’s Distributed Abacus can be used to test end-to-end or at any combination of IP and PSTN points on the network.



CrystalVoice and HP

March 11, 2005

TELETRUTH ALERT

March 11, 2005

I thought this worth passing on.

TELETRUTH ALERT --- March 9th, 2005

Teletruth, with New Networks Institute, Exposes the Bell Phone Company Skunkworks, Sock Puppets and Astroturf Groups that have Harmed the Public Interest --- (Phone companies: SBC, Verizon, BellSouth)

VISIT: http://www.newnetworks.com/skunkworks101.html

If you care about broadband, the Internet, Wi-Fi and wireless, municipalities wiring cities, the cost of phone service, VOIP, open access to content, or anything else related to your Digital Future, you need to read this.

Then check out the materials and take actions to call for investigations.
You've already been harmed.

WHAT'S BEHIND THE CURTAIN: There is an underground network of political deceit in the telecom and broadband industry. It is made up of very well funded fake or co-opted consumer groups, research firms, lobbying groups, politicians and PR firms throughout the United States, that are out to fool reporters, state legislatures, Congress, the public and the FCC that they represent the public interest.

In fact, many are controlled or have been co-opted through Sam Simon's Issue Dynamics and paid for by SBC, Verizon, BellSouth and the other phone and cable companies. The list of groups includes APT, TRAC, USIIA, Connect USA, New Millennium Research Council, League of United Latin American Citizens, and American Association of People With Disabilities, among others

It is also the co-opting of well known groups, from the Gray Panthers and NAACP, to the National Council of La Raza, the National Consumer League and others.

Call it skunkworks, (the phone companies' black-ops groups) call it astroturf, call it sock puppets, a consortium of groups -- run by Issue Dynamics, includes a host of non-profits directly funded by the Bell companies to wield undo influence --not in your favor.
















iPOD Phone

March 11, 2005

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