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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 »

Gbrowser

January 28, 2005

Many of us have heard the rumors about the Google browser that is supposed to be delivered and it seems that now is the best time for Google to come out with such a software product. Other browsers such as FireFox are beginning to take share from IE and the worst part about all of this for Microsoft is that it isn't because of the features, it is because of the security. In fact if anything, people seem to be happy switching to a browser with less features as long as it is fast and more secure.

How does Microsoft compete with products that are gaining share by losing the feature war?

WiMAX Growth

January 28, 2005

Motorola has placed India amongst the four ‘top target markets’ along with the United States, China and Western Europe for setting up wireless broadband infrastructure for telecom operators according to the Indian web site Business Standard.

According to the article:

Motorola’s system can perform in high and low-density environments in the presence of external interference. Also, the sixty degree antennae beam delivers up to six plus Mbps of effective throughput with connectivity to a maximum of 200 subscribers per access point (AP), and it enables the delivery of broadband access to multiple locations from a single AP, Stipati said, adding that return of investment was possible in six to twelve months.

The company was offering the infrastructure to Indian operators at $8,000 per base tower and $250 per subscriber module, said Avinash Bector, regional channel manager, Asia Pacific Region, Motorola - canopy.

Government Grants

January 28, 2005

I just learned about this from Cybertelecom. May be of interest.

FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FY 2005

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Federal Agency Name: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Department of Commerce

Funding Opportunity Title: Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP)

Announcement Type: Initial Announcement-Notice of Availability of Funds

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.550. Public Telecommunications Facilities Program

Program Authority: 47 U.S.C.

Is Telecom Growing or Shrinking?

January 28, 2005

You wonder sometimes if telecom is growing, shrinking or doing neither. Yesterday I wrote about subscriber growth at Vonage and Packet8. I felt great after writing about how two service providers unheard of a year ago are doing so well with record subscriber growth. Today is a different story.

The Apprentice: Toilet Guy

January 28, 2005

Last night was the first episode I saw on the new season and "saw" might be a strong word as I was blogging and scanning news and responding to e-mail and trying to keep my baby daughter from banging on the keyboard of my laptop at the same time. From what I gathered, this person Brian who was fired, should not have been admitted on the show. How does the hiring process work over there anyway? I always thought the more resumes you got the better candidates you find. This guy was abrasive, arrogant and lacked common sense. He was busy spending a good percentage of the budget on unnecessary toilet changes at the expense of things like carpet and mattresses. As one of his former apprentice colleagues pointed out so eloquently (and I paraphrase) "He wasted all that money on toilets so people can #%$^* on them."

Volo Chases Level 3

January 27, 2005

Volo Communications has been making quite a splash lately. Most recently they announced they are going after Level 3 customers. Volo is a lot smaller than Level 3. They can't afford to advertise on TV like Level 3 can.

3 Cent Voice Broadcast

January 27, 2005

I got to meet the people from Simple Telecom this past week at the Vonexus Connection Conference. Here is an interesting release from the company. The voice broacasting market seems like it is growing quickly or at least many companies are jumping into the space.

Release:

SimpleCast Blows Open Voice Broadcasting Market

Challenges competition with no minimums and three cent calls

Reno, NV – (January 28, 2005) – SimpleTelecom announced today the public availability of SimpleCast. SimpleCast delivers no-hassle, three cent voice broadcast calls to telemarketers, non-profits, political campaigns, and schools.

Packet8 Earnings Record

January 27, 2005

Packet8 is on fire. Take a look at this release. They are up 54% quarter-over-quarter! Are you serious? This is amazing growth and the company doesn't even market that much.

Dvorak Bashes VoIP

January 27, 2005

Nothing like a little controversy to make life interesting. In this case the controversy comes courtesy of John Dvorak of PC Magazine. Dvorak was a keynoter at a TMC event a few years back. He is wise and entertaining and is brimming with enthusiasm.

Jeff Citron Interview

January 27, 2005

I had the opportunity this morning to speak with Jeffrey Citron the CEO of Vonage regarding the merger of AT&T with SBC. There are a lot of opinions regarding this merger floating around... I would think Mr. Citron's is one of the most important as AT&T's CallVantage is positioned as a strong competitor to Vonage.

What do you think of the potential SBC, AT&T merger?

This is an Interesting merger but not a big surprise. It is interesting because SBC passed on this purchase opportunity when AT&T's stock was 60%-70% lower in value.



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