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Exclusive Interview with Aricent's Frank Kern at MWC 2015

April 3, 2015


It’s been a few years since I've covered Aricent (2012, 2009, 2006) but as fate would have it I was fortunate enough to interview Frank Kern, CEO at MWC 2015. This is one of the companies behind many of the products we use and one you likely don’t know a great deal about. It’s owned by KKR and Sequoia and is a pure-play product innovation services company – Kern explained his they don't do IT and BPO like others in the space.

Another differentiator is the company’s core strength is connectivity and there is a great demand for such services at the moment.

Fring Alliance Aims to Become Carrier VoIP Cooperative

April 3, 2015

Fring may be one of the more interesting stories in the telecom space. The company launched one of the first VoIP apps I used on the iPhone – if not the first. They then sold to GENBAND some years later to be the core enabler of a hosted VoIP platform carriers could purchase from GENBAND and resell to their customers. In short, a simple cloud-based white-label way to compete with OTT without massive investment.

Nespresso and Keurig Shows Carriers How to Increase ARPU and Customer Stickiness

April 1, 2015

Amdocs shows carriers how they can take a commodity business and make it better



Technology has taken the coffee business to a new level. Nespresso capsules and Keurig K-Kups have brought premium coffee to the masses while simultaneously bringing billions of dollars of new profits to the companies that took a commodity business and found a way to add value. Perhaps the only thing as addictive than substances you ingest or breathe-in are mobile devices. It goes without saying that morning coffee and gadget usage are two things most people wouldn’t want to be without.

Acision Fights Creative Destruction with Innovation at #MWC15

March 4, 2015

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2015 Mark Zuckerberg gave a keynote speech for the second year in a row and to me it really seemed like keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. After all, WhatsApp and Facebook are responsible for billions of lost dollars in messaging revenue for global wireless carriers.

I couldn’t help but think of this as I met with Acision yesterday. Some years back I was in their corporate offices in Texas where they told me the threat from advertising based tech models to SMS was unsustainable.

cVidya Helps CSPs Provide Mass Customization to Boost Profit

March 3, 2015

We live in an age of mass customization. We've seen the trend for decades but its accelerating as customers can design their own clothes, perfume and more. Tatoos and body jewelry are yet other ways consumers choose to customize themselves. This thought came to mind in one of my recent briefings.

You see, at MWC 2015, cVidya showed carriers how their solutions allow them to tap into multiple sources in order to accelerate customer value.

cVidya Helps CSPs Provide Mass Customization to Boost Profit

March 3, 2015

We live in an age of mass customization. We've seen the trend for decades but its accelerating as customers can design their own clothes, perfume and more. Tatoos and body jewelry are yet other ways consumers choose to customize themselves. This thought came to mind in one of my recent briefings.

You see, at MWC 2015, cVidya showed carriers how their solutions allow them to tap into multiple sources in order to accelerate customer value.

TCS Shows Telemedicine Improvements and more at #MWC15

March 2, 2015


TCS had a wealth of interesting news at MWC - probably the most interesting was their VirtuMedix solution which is a HIPAA compliant virtual telemedicine solution allowing doctors and patients to securely communicate in order to minimize the need for in-person visits. In a live demo they showed me how a patient could get added to a queue after paying a fee for service and the doctor could then choose to take the audio or video call. From that point they communicate via WebRTC and can share photos if needed, of a rash for example.

The doctor has a fully integrated portal which links to billing and prescription systems and patients for their part get help entering their malady as the system is prepopulate with popular ailments.

In all, this is a very slick solution - they even have an integrated refund which can be sent to a patient if it is deemed they are better off going to the emergency room after all.

TCS is also working on connected car solutions - helping to harden the solutions to prevent buffer overruns and other issues which could be exploited by hackers. Penetration testing via range checks is one of the way they do this.






Citrix Boosts Mobile Solutions to Carriers, Enterprise

March 2, 2015

Citrix was showing off a lot of interesting solutions at MWC 2015, starting with the MPX 25000, a device which provides ADC functionality for carriers utilizing an NFV approach of using OTS hardware instead of customized solutions. The company tells me this gives them a 300% increase in price/performance over ASIC-based competitors. Moreover, the company's approach allows growing carriers to leverage cloud-based versus telco manageability meaning you get a single virtual interface as your solution grows with the addition of more OTS servers as opposed to fork-lifting boxes in exchange for ever-larger ones.



Carriers can use this device to get up to 80 virtualized sessions to help in various areas of their network such as diameter signaling, NAT, traffic steering and DNS.

Why Cradlepoint is Poised for Growth

March 2, 2015

We all know the M2M and IoT spaces are growing like crazy... Our own growing M2M Evolution and IoT Evolution shows are just a few examples of how the marketplaces are on fire as a seamlessly never-ending flow of new customers comes to each iteration of these events.

While many of the conferences in the space are doing well, I have to say the prospects for one of the players in the market - Cradlepoint might be even better. They seem to be in the right place at the right time with the right products.



The company's AER 2100 is a wired router with built-in redundancy - allowing up to two wireless modems to be activated and even a second wired connection. The device is making tremendous gains in the IoT space.

In a conversation with Ken Hosac of the company today I got to learn how security is becoming another major reason for the company's growth.







How exactly is the WebRTC Revolution Different than VoIP?

February 11, 2015

There are many parallels between the disruption being caused by WebRTC and what happened in VoIP. During the IP telephony days, Dialogic was one of the key infrastructure providers to carriers, call centers and companies of all sizes. Likewise in WebRTC, Dialogic is playing an interconnecting role and the company helps WebRTC scale and moreover provides the tools to add value to web communications.

The reason I bring this is up is because Jim Machi of Dialogic gave a keynote at WebRTC Expo in San Jose last year which you may have missed.

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