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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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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Practical and Smart IMS

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers...

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Saepta Wants to Be the Go to Survey Service

“From the moment you get up in the morning, you start to make decisions and I believe people love to engage through...

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Holy Toledo, Batman!

December 3, 2004

Lucent is claiming they have a new technology for 3G UMTS networks that will rival the speed of DSL or cable? It will support data speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps, and future upgrades of HSDPA will provide theoretical maximum peak data speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps. Holy moly, Holy Toledo, that's fast wireless!

And look at this quote, "Because it dramatically expands the data channel on UMTS networks, HSDPA also lays the groundwork for operators to introduce voice over IP (VoIP) and more advanced multimedia services on their mobile networks. VoIP over 3G gives operators the ability to support a greater number of voice users at a lower cost, in turn helping to ensure that voice services can continue to be delivered profitably.

BT Call Center Goes VoIP

December 3, 2004

IBM and VoIP Solutions

December 3, 2004

I've blogged, VoIP - Where are you IBM? as well as IBM and VoIP - two blog entries asking myself "Just where is IBM in the VoIP space?".

Basically, in my mind, IBM has been notable absent from the VoIP space, which is why it was worth blogging twice.

Well, here is an excellent read about IBM's VoIP plans. According to this article, it appears that right now IBM in Australia & New Zealand is focusing on bringing VoIP to their 40,000 Australian & New Zealand employees.

Minnesota Backs Off VoIP Regulation

December 2, 2004

Pac-West PSTN On Ramp

December 2, 2004

Pac-West PSTN On Ramp

Pac-West Telecomm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PACW), a provider of communications services to service providers and enterprise customers in the Western U.S., contacted me about their "PSTN On Ramp" product which they recently launched. PSTN On Ramp enables Pac-West to expand its service offerings to its existing customer base, as well as reach new customer segments. Targeted at carriers and providers of enhanced services such as unified messaging, calling cards, conferencing, Fax over IP, and Voice over IP (VoIP), PSTN On Ramp provides 2-way connectivity between the service provider and the PSTN (public switched telephone network) through Pac-West's SuperPOP network.

A Pac-West spokeman told me, "We are best looked at as IP agnostic, if you are providing VoIP, FoIP, or any IP applications that need traditional PSTN access, Pac-West will enable the provider with TDM services that assist with the transition." He continued, "Pac-West provides local DID numbers as well as local presence in every Lata within CA and 16 Latas within the Western US. Our greatest value proposition is Pac-West's coverage, DID presence, and our ability to deliver services like no other CLEC in California."

He also espoused the benefits of Pac-West's PSTN On Ramp by stating, "Thousands of local DID's, termination rates as low as .003, along with free origination.

Voiceglo VoIP Numbers

December 2, 2004

Some VoIP numbers to share from Voiceglo.
2.7 million consumers? Voiceglo has done an impressive job marketing themselves, but I am a bit skeptical over this number. Nevertheless, I thought it was worth sharing...

Presence, Instant Messaging, Conferencing for Desktop and Mobile Phones

December 1, 2004

Interesting release to share. This combines HotSIP's SIP technology with HP's OpenCall Media Platform and Movial's Connect applications for IMS. It's essentially a converged solution that works with mobile, broadband or a fixed user and includes presence, VoIP, conferencing, and more.

check it out:

Hotsip, HP, and Movial unleash Converged Presence, Instant Messaging, and Instant Conferencing for desktop and mobile phones.

Roadpost and Blackberry

November 30, 2004

I meant to share this interesting news release a few days ago. As a Blackberry fan, this is good news for International travellers.

Roadpost Launches Full-Functional International Blackberry Short- and Long-Term Rental Services

Highly flexible and affordable new service creates seamless delivery of full range of BlackBerry voice and data services for travellers

Toronto, ON (November 8, 2004) – Roadpost Inc., a leader of global voice and data communications solutions for the international traveller, is pleased to announce the availability of a new range of short- and long-term international rental services for RIM (Research In Motion) BlackBerry services. This new offering from Roadpost is one of the most flexible and comprehensive in the market, providing existing BlackBerry users seamless delivery of unlimited roaming data services for over 55 countries and voice services for more than 200 countries at significantly less cost than other options.

Ringback the New Ringtone?

November 30, 2004

According to MSNBC, the next multibillion-dollar surprise in the cellular business will be "ringback" tones.

Instead of the usual ringing tone that people hear when calling someone, callers to Verizon Wireless subscribers may find themselves listening to a song until the phone has been answered.

Say it ain't so! I have enough of a beef with obnoxious ringtones.

Motorola Peer-to-Peer VoIP Adaptor

November 29, 2004

I just got an email invite for CES which discusses a new Motorola Peer-to-Peer two-way adaptor, which I cannot find anywhere in Motorola's press release archives, i.e. Motorola Mediacenter - Press Releases

Nevertheless, I thought I would share the appropriate excerpt of the email message since it involves peer-to-peer (P2P), VoIP, FRS, and GMRS.

If I read this email correctly, it sounds like you hook up this adaptor to your PC and then using one of Motorola's two-way radios, you can communicate with your PC (via the adaptor) which then initiates a VoIP call to the 2nd two-way radio you are trying to reach. This helps get around the 5 mile limit on two-way radios as well as other benefits.

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