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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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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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New Baby Named Yahoo

January 14, 2005

Ruggedized WiFi VoIP

January 14, 2005

Tom Keating made some great VoIP predictions in his blog recently and one of them came to mind this AM when I happened upon a new product, the mNode300 from Telabria, a ruggedized WiFi access point with a separate radio for backhauling network traffic. This device is aimed at students and other public sector locations. Tom's prediction about this topic is below:

7) Colleges ramp up on VoIP
When I was in college 11 years ago they just added Ethernet to the dorm rooms.

Cisco Services Push

January 14, 2005

VoIP Security: Who Will Be The Next T-Mobile?

January 14, 2005

Today's hot topic is VoIP security and while there haven't been any huge break-ins into VoIP systems that I am aware of I am aware that according to the WSJ, T-Mobile recently had their computers broken into and customer names and social security numbers were accessed. The bold section below doesn't sound too good but I must admit I slept through much of history class so if there was s a day we went over "mutual assistance legal treaties," I was either dreaming or absent.

Navini Networks WiMAX in the Jungle

January 13, 2005

I always wanted to go to Mauritius and it took me a while to find out exactly where it was located after I first learned about the existence of this almost magical island. Now I see Mauritius will have WiMAX by the time I get there. Here is an excerpt from Michelle Pasquerello, TMC's newest blogger. She will be focusing on WiMAX for now.

Cisco's Urge To Merge in VoIP

January 13, 2005

There was a time in 1998-2000 that Cisco's Peter Alexander would walk TMC expos looking for acquisition targets. Cisco acquired a number of telecom companies at the time -- from unified messaging to contact center players. I lost touch with Peter around the time the bubble burst and don't know who handles telecom acquisitions these days. Whoever is in charge...

Uniden VoIP Supports 10 Phones

January 12, 2005

In the blurring world of consumer electronics and VoIP this release shows how VoIP products are generally superior to their traditional telephony counterparts. It is interesting to note that while many of the services that we take for granted when...

TMCnet.com The 2,888 Most Popular Web Site!

January 12, 2005

Last week I apologized for our site being down as we were experiencing tremendous web activity. Our site traffic sets new records every day it seems. We had to rush and order new equipment to handle the load. In my...

Viral VoIP Marketing

January 12, 2005

Why Don't All VoIP Shows Come With a Guarantee?

January 11, 2005

I received a call today from a telco blog reader who asked if we were serious about our conference guarantee at Internet Telephony Conference and Expo. Of course I replied "YES" and he asked why we have never seen this policy before in the industry. I answered that it could be because that this industry has so many financial alliances between show producers and vendors in the industry... These show producers on the take would lose money if they offered any refund. They would take a bath.
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