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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 »

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

Pay-Per-Call Ads

February 2, 2005

A fairly new idea called pay-per-call advertising takes pay-per-click to the next level. According to Investor’s Business Daily, a company called Ingenio has partnered with AOL to provide advertisers with pay-per-call ads. Whereas a pay-per-click ad on Google can be purchased for as little as a few cents, $2.00 is the entry level fee for call-in leads via Ingenio’s new service.

When I hear of things like this I laugh because I remember many of the dotcom trailblazers telling me back in the nineties that the contact center was history because of the birth of the web.

VoIP on Fire

February 2, 2005

ITEXPO is still on fire regarding attendance. We are still up 100% year over year which is amazing to me. We are about 3 weeks out from the show. This is what people said about the ITEXPO attendance last year.

Day Trip To the Midwest

February 2, 2005

I've got a meeting today with a company in the Midwest and need to take a trip out there just for today. Amazingly, finding flights at reasonable hours is less and less viable. The flight leaves around 7:00 AM. I would have been happy with 8:30.

Netrake Leads Session Border Controller Market

February 1, 2005

According to Frost & Sullivan, Netrake has 29% market share in the session border controller market beating the nearest competitor who stands at under 24%.

Frost & Sullivan Report Finds Netrake’s nCite Has More Sessions Shipped than Competitors

Plano, TX – February 1, 2005 – Netrake, the premier provider of session controllers for Tier 1 and other leading service providers, leads all competitors in supplying session controllers to voice over IP (VoIP) carriers worldwide, according to a new report issued by industry analyst group Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan found that Netrake has garnered a 29-percent market share of session controller deployments worldwide, as measured by actual sessions shipped. Netrake’s nearest competitor lagged at under 24 percent, according the report.

“In terms of sessions shipped during the reporting period, Netrake leads all competitors in a segment crowded with multiple startup specialists as well as large, horizontally integrated manufacturers vying for share,” said Jon Arnold, VoIP program leader who authored the report, “2004 VoIP Equipment Market Update.”

Netrake’s nCite family of session controllers answer the emerging VoIP market’s accelerating demands for affordable and effective solutions to security and fraud prevention, legal intercept, end-to-end quality of service (QoS) assurance and residential call volume engineering challenges.

SBC, AT&T and the Competitive Enterprise Institute

February 1, 2005

Skype For Mac and Linux

February 1, 2005

Until the Mac Mini came out buying a Mac was like buying a VCR... Akin to investing in a technology that is losing market share rapidly and relevance even more quickly. It seems going forward that Apple has enough momentum in its consumer electronics business to leverage it by selling cool new computers that people actually want. Is it any wonder developers are now taking the platform more seriously?

infoUSA Buys @Once

February 1, 2005

Vin Gupta, the Chairman and CEO of infoUSA has been on a tear lately as his company infoUSA grows and grows. Even during the post-bubble era, when times were tough, his company was marketing and promoting itself and has become a stronger and stronger provider of databases for the direct mail and e-mail marketing crowd. infoUSA's purchase of @Once gives infoUSA access to technology allowing for automated polling, rich media distribution, coupon services and more. @Once will be a good addition to infoUSA and as Vin says in the release, "We believe that the email marketing industry is extremely fragmented and ripe for consolidation, and we plan to acquire more companies in this industry.

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