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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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Inter-Tel 5000 Network Communications Solutions

February 5, 2005

Back in 1995 I published a magazine called CTI and the computer telephony/CTI market was what the VoIP market is today. The technology wasn’t the same but the market was similar in that it allowed computer systems to speak with phone systems and it ignited tremendous growth and new paradigms in communications. At one point (if you can believe it), VoIP was just a small subset of the CTI market and in fact Internet Telephony Magazine was a spin-off off of CTI Magazine.



Linking computers and phones together today seems like no great feat but back in the 80s it would cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars to get some interoperability going and you could do it only if you had an IBM mainframe and Rockwell ACD.

US Losing Broadband Race

February 4, 2005

Boring Apprentice, Nescafe

February 4, 2005

I can’t fathom how boring a TV show could be. Last night marked the worst apprentice I have ever seen. Neither group did anything interesting and the task last night of promoting Nescafe Coffee was fairly similar to the toothpaste (was it Crest Whitening Expressions) assignment from a while back.


Sadly, the performance on this event didn’t even measure up to the “toothpaste” episode.

900% Cable VoIP Growth

February 3, 2005

I must have been asleep a few days ago when Greg Galitzine blogged about the massive growth in the cable VoIP market. half a million cable VoIP subscribers are voiping together while in 2003 the number was closer to 50,000!

I suppose this is why Time Warner telecom has become a big part of Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in a few weeks. I may be going out on a limb but this event will likely be the largest VoIP show the world has ever seen from an attendance standpoint.

Patents as WMD

February 3, 2005

Yes it's true, since we couldn't find any real WMDs in Iraq, the BBC suggests we look for patents instead. Just kidding. A story titled Open source leaders slam patents discusses how Linux founder Linus Torvalds said software patents were a problem for the open source movement.

There was a Linux summit this week in California (my invitation must have been lost in the mail) where a number of high-powered people in software development complained about Microsoft using intilectual property as weapons.

Parisian MP3 Piracy

February 3, 2005

Packet8 Interview

February 3, 2005

Packet8 has might a splash lately with rapid subscriber growth. They don't get as much press as Vonage and AT&T but they are growing quickly and I decided to interview Huw Rees,  the Vice President of Marketing & Sales at 8x8, the parent company of 8x8. He has some great comments and I am surprised about the WiFi telephony answer. Please enjoy the interview.

City WiFi Fails? Part 2

February 3, 2005

In case you missed the conference:

NMRC STUDY: CITY-RUN WI-FI HYPE DOESN’T PASS MUSTER, EXPERTS WARN OF “GRAVE FLAWS” THAT COULD WELL LEAVE TAXPAYERS WITH HEAVY FINANCIAL BURDEN

WASHINGTON, D.C.//February 3, 2005//City-run wireless broadband networks (Wi-Fi)– such as those now under discussion in Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, New York, and San Francisco – are being hyped on the strength of dubious claims about benefits and have faced almost no hard-nosed feasibility studies, according to a major New Millennium Research Council (NMRC) report compiled by six leading scholars and telecommunications policy experts. The NMRC report authors warn that “beneath the positive media coverage and glowing press pronouncements are troubling signs that these publicly held networks can result in less than anticipated outcomes,” leaving taxpayers to fund outdated technology from already strained city budgets.

The NMRC report authors conclude: “… municipal Wi-Fi networks present a number of serious problems that are being overlooked as cities rush into committing millions in taxpayer dollars to pay for network development and expansion … [W]hile the intentions of city officials and administrators are admirable, the roll-out of municipally held Wi-Fi networks will likely have a detrimental affect on city budgets and on competition in the telecommunications industry, and fail to produce the economic growth and jobs promised by municipal leaders. … [C]ity ownership of Wi-Fi networks is not the solution for bridging the Digital Divide or encouraging competition in the broadband market.”

According to the NMRC contributing scholars, among the “grave flaws” in city-run Wi-Fi schemes are the following: potential major cost overruns that would draw more taxpayer dollars away from other city priorities; damage to legitimate commercial broadband competition resulting from taxpayer-subsidized municipal entry; a lack of evidence that economic development and jobs will result from publicly funded citywide wi-fi systems; the fact that nearly all previous municipal attempts to deploy broadband networks have failed; and a disturbing reliance by proponents on unsubstantiated “if you build it, they will come” assumptions that are at the heart of most city-run Wi-Fi scenarios.

City WiFi To Fail?

February 3, 2005

Interesting e-mail I received today tries to put public pressure on cities to not provide WiFi access. You think the ILECs might have something to do with this? Hopefully I will have time to catch some of it... Should be interesting.

Sprint Profit Rises

February 3, 2005

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