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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 »

Please Book Your Hotel Room For ITEXPO Now

January 17, 2005

VoIP Confusion

January 17, 2005

I came across this release today and you can see an excerpt below. I can't figure this deal out. Logical Exchange is the name of the company and their phone plans are similar in cost to Packet8 or Vonage. They don't have an ATA so it is PC to phone service that is similar to Skype but they compare themselves more to Vonage and AT&T.

RSS Feed Promotion Tool

January 17, 2005

I don't focus on RSS tools but since this is a blog, it seems most of you will be interested in anything xml and RSS. Hope you find this release useful.

k.soft releases RSS Submit - RSS feed promotion tool

Philadelphia, PA, USA -- 17 January 2005 -- k.soft announces the release of version 1.0 of RSS Submit, a utility to automatically submit RSS feeds to the RSS search engines and directories, for Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP.

As more web masters begin to incorporate blog and RSS feed technology to distribute their content, they may soon realize not enough readers know about their feeds.

China To Win WiMAX Race?

January 17, 2005

New Kontron ATCA and AMC boards

January 17, 2005

Kontron announces new ATCA and AMC boards:

Kontron AT8001

AT8001 – flexibility of dual AMC support
The Kontron AT8001 ATCA processor board significantly increases the design options for wireless, telecom applications with its support for two AMC module slots. Powered by a low voltage, high performance Intelâ Xeonâ processor up to 2.8 GHz, the AT8001 provides high interconnect performance, ideally suited to support any number of high throughput I/O communications modules.


The AT8001 feature-set includes dual Gigabit Ethernet and dual Fiber Channel on fabric interface, dual Gigabit Ethernet base interface, 8 GB of DDR-II 400 SDRAM, plus MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) and IPMI v1.5 support.

AM4001 – superior processing and flexible interconnect topologies
The Kontron AM4001 AMC module features the low power, high performance of an Intel Pentium M processor up to 2 GHz and the Intel E7320 chipset.

From IVR Hell to Heaven

January 17, 2005

Hosted VoIP With Your Fish & Chips

January 17, 2005

Verizon Sued Over Crippled V710 Bluetooth

January 17, 2005

I finally switched over from GSM to Verizon a few months back because of the Motorola V710 bluetooth enabled phone Verizon touted in its ads. Verizon has the best network bar none and they often take advantage of their network superiority by locking customers into longer-term contracts and now intentionally disabling features on their phone. I wrote about Verizon disabling bluetooth features on the V710 in October of 2004.

Motorola V710 with Crippled Bluetoth


Generally I have been unhappy with the bluetooth capabilities of the phone as not only can I not sync with a PC to download address books or photos, etc, I also have problems connecting the phone with a few of my bluetooth headsets. I have searched the web and haven't seen anyone duplicate these problems.

VoIP Peering Sees The Light

January 17, 2005

GigaBeam and Stealth Communications Expand VoIP and IP Services in the New York City Area. Excerpt:

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GigaBeam Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: GGBM) , announces an agreement with Stealth Communications(R) for installation of its ultra high speed WiFiber(SM),(TM) wireless fiber solution. GigaBeam's WiFiber provides communications access with the capacity of fiber but with significantly less latency than fiber to enhance Stealth's unique communications services offerings. Stealth is New York City's largest Internet gateway and offers Internet & Ethernet access, VoIP, and data services to service providers, financial institutions, enterprises and government agencies.

D-Link DVG-1120M Behind a Router

January 17, 2005

I received this e-mail today. The answer is that I have not gotten the DVG-1120M to work behind my router. I tried and gave up. AT&T's Gary Morgenstern told me at the time that you couldn't put this device behind the router.

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