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Aricent: How to be Digitally Durable

June 20, 2016

"APIs are now a business model!"
"A company that has more APIs has more value."

If every industry is being digitally disrupted (it is) then the question companies need to ask is how to remain digitally durable. If you want insight into how to fight off the next wave of innovation before it makes you obsolete, a great place to start is talking to Frank Kern, the CEO of Aricent, the company responsible for helping other companies be disruptive.

If you don't know them, Aricent has a few different practices from security and IoT/embedded to cloud and software defined everything. I last interviewed Frank in 2015 where he shared with us his vision for the future of technology.

How GigSky Made #MWC Easy for Me

March 9, 2016

I've used GigSky now a few years in Europe to keep me connected while at Mobile World Congress. I plugged the GigSky SIM into a Huawei MiFi and was able to work like a champ - getting email, doing internet searches and anything else I wanted. I tried to save bandwidth cost by using the provided WiFi in the Fira but quite often I was disconnected.

The MiFi helped save battery on my various devices - remember, it takes less power to send a local signal as opposed to cellular which may have transmit a mile away or more.

The company provided me and numerous TMC team members with $50 credits which lasted us for just under a week.

Tangoe Goes on the Mobility-as-a-Service Offensive at MWC16

March 4, 2016

was one of the leading players in the TEM or telecom expense management space when it launched and did a superior job of rolling up the market and becoming the leader in what is now the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market. The company’s CEO, Al Subbloie (pictured) is never afraid to innovate and be ahead of the pack. In fact, we’ve been covering companies he’s run since the 1980s (alas, I can’t find any articles on the internet earlier than this). Tangoe’s new Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering will leverage its position within the enterprise marketplace to offer wireless plans, devices, expense management, EMM and logistics to create an integrated mobile solution.

DMI's Shows End-to-End Mobility Solutions at MWC16

March 3, 2016

At Mobile World Congress (MWC16), the event’s tagline was “Mobile is Everything,” and I’m on record stating that the phone part of the show is becoming irrelevant as there isn’t any money to be made in handsets anymore unless you happen to have an HQ in Cupertino, California.

Even though the handset may have become less important from a profit perspective, it is still a pivotal part of the digital transformation I mentioned as  a major trend at the show.

DMI, bills itself as the first end-to-end mobility company and in my meeting with Magnus Jern, Alika Nagpaul and Tim Wagner, they told me how their organization helps companies – not just carriers, from customer acquisition to a full mobility strategy.

They really do provide a lot of services – holistically handling all the common pain points a company has, as it looks to make mobile a larger part of its focus.

GENBAND Makes NFV, SBC and fring Alliance news at MWC16

March 3, 2016

As carriers look to compete with OTT voice and video solutions, GENBAND is helping them via their new fring Alliance Revenue Engine Apps. As a reminder, the fring Alliance is a group of carriers working collectively to for all effective purposes to launch a cross-carrier Skype competitor. GENBAND makes it easy for operators to set up a virtually turnkey solution which allows mobile and other operators to provide an alternative OTT service.

“We’re committed to helping our CSP partners and customers alike position themselves effectively in today’s extraordinarily competitive and fast-moving market,” said Roy Timor-Rousso, General Manager, fring Alliance. “The Alliance is more than a Rich Communications Services platform that mobile operators can leverage to offer their own white-label solutions– it’s also a rapid service creation and revenue engine for differentiated, high-quality experiences users are willing to pay for.”

At MWC, Netronome Powers up Ericsson and Juniper NFV and SDN Solutions

March 2, 2016

A major theme at Mobile World Congress (MWC16) was digital transformation which allows carriers to compete more efficiently with OTT providers. As the world moves faster towards becoming fully digitized, the pace of change also gets quicker. Operators need to be agile and in order to be agile they need lots of powerful computers with smart software running things behind the scenes. AT&T’s move into OTT video this week is an example of how carriers need to compete on the competitor’s home turf.

RAD Rides 5G and NFV Trends at Mobile World Congress

March 2, 2016

At Mobile World Congress (MWC16), RAD was focusing on two important trends I saw at the show – the move to 5G and digital transformation for carriers – specifically NFV. Bjorn Baera, Head of Business Development European Service Providers showed me the ETX-2i-B demarcation device which supports physical or hybrid CPE powered by NFV. The base vCPE device allow access to centralized NFV services but can be upgraded as needed with the addition of CPU modules to support hybrid services for customers like banks who may require local branch layer 3 VPN services.

Bjorn Baera proudly shows off the new ETX-2i-B

Synaptics Shows Off Thinner Screens, No-Touch Displays And Flexible Biometrics

February 29, 2016

It’s always great to meet up with the people at Synaptics – like I did at Mobile World Congress (MWC16) to see what the future holds from a touch-interface standpoint. Andrew Hsu, Head of the Concept Prototyping Team had lots of great information to share. First off, the company’s acquisition of Renesas SP Drivers and fingerprint sensor company Validity means great things for the world of touch-intensive applications. By having biometric authentication, capacitive touch and display technologies under one roof, the company is able to allow fingerprint sensors on the side of phones.

CommScope Survey: Better Building Wireless Worth $1 Million

February 29, 2016

A common challenge for many businesses is having adequate connectivity. You’d think in the US this isn't an issue but I can tell you from firsthand experience (I am also CEO of a New York and Connecticut provider of IT support), in many buildings, the landlord signs an exclusive contract with a carrier and subsequently the tenants are stuck with one, often poor choice. Quite often, these buildings have only copper connections and they are generally very old. In other words, the telco locks in a building to avoid having to upgrade service to compete with cablecos.

Top 10 Mobile World Congress Trends #MWC16

February 29, 2016

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind event for the telecom market known as Mobile World Congress and I’m still amazed by the amount of optimism I’ve just witnessed. It would not be an exaggeration to say this level of excitement about the future of telecom hasn’t been seen since 1998. Although it has great food, the city of Barcelona has a pretty poor economy.

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