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Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers

November 29, 2004

In keeping with my Media Center Extender review (in conjunction with Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005) that I blogged today, I just got this press release today, which discusses the growth that Gigabit Ethernet video routers will bring. (Some people prefer to call them "Media Gateways") It's interesting that in this digital age how important organizing and gaining easy access to your digital media has become. This research report/press release below is indicitive of that. The report mentions the convergence of voice (VoIP), video (including HDTV), and other media.

Azimuth Systems VoWLAN Testing Tool

November 29, 2004

We all know VoIP and wireless networks are hot, so Azimuth's Voice Over WLAN testing platform which is a testing tool for VoIP over wireless will no doubt be the first of many VoWLAN testing tools to hit the market.

Check out an excerpt of the release…
Full Suite of Benchmark Tests Validates Both VoWLAN Handsets and Wi-Fi Infrastructure for Application Robustness


Azimuth Systems, innovators in scalable, automated wireless network test systems, today announced a new benchmark test suite specifically designed for testing VoIP in the Wi-Fi environment. Azimuth's W-Series wireless LAN test platform is the leading system test solution for 802.11 network vendors, providing a reliable, scalable and automated test environment for performance, functionality, interoperability, conformance and certification testing.

Azimuth's new test suite focuses on two key VoWLAN system components. The first component, the VoWi-Fi Benchmark Test for Wireless VoIP Handset, validates the 802.11 behavior of the client handset during motion – ranging and roaming – and analyzes this behavior relative to the voice quality as measured by both MOS and R-Factor.

Linksys Media Center Extender (MCX) Review

November 29, 2004

Sony VAIO RA920G on top of right speaker

Ratings Score Installation Documentation Features Usability Performance Overall Last week I received a Sony VAIO RA920G Desktop PC running Microsoft Media Center 2005 (MCE) as well as the new Linksys Media Center Extender (MCX). The Sony VAIO RA920G has some cool features including an advanced liquid cooling system and enhanced acoustic technologies that make it virtually silent. This is perfect for my family room home theater setup -- after all you don't want the sound of the PC's fan spoiling the DVD movie watching experience!


Of course, I also have a Linksys Media Center Extender (MCX) which "wirelessly" extends the PC to allow me to have the PC and the TV located in different rooms in my home, thus negating the concern about noise from the PC.


Dial Up VoIP claim

November 27, 2004

Here's a claim for "free VoIP calls over dial-up". I don't have time to analyze this too much this evening since it is late (just got back from seeing Alexander the movie - my pick for one of the worst movies of the year and definitely the most hyped and disappointing film of the year), but this release was worth sharing...

btw - they misspelled VoIP as VoiP in the release, but I'm leaving it as is. Also, this is probably more "dial-up VoIP" hype than anything else, but I'll have to investigate further...

Kazaa offers Skype VoIP Calls

November 24, 2004

Deltathree Six New VoIP Plans

November 23, 2004

Deltathree today announced the launch of six new Broadband Phone consumer and business calling plans for its retail division, iConnectHere. Each calling plan includes local, long distance and international calling with advanced features such as voicemail, caller ID, 3-way calling, call forwarding and real-time call records. The service also provides end-users with a choice of phone numbers from the United States, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel or the United Kingdom. The new iConnectHere Broadband Phone calling plans are available today and include a free adaptor.

The iConnectHere calling plans include unlimited in-network calls, advanced calling features, selection of telephone number in the United States or Europe, unlimited inbound calls, and a set of minutes to make calls.

Verizon Lobbies to Kill WiFi Hotspots

November 23, 2004

Important news story from MacWorld.

A proposed Pennsylvania law (supported by Verizon) is now on its way to the governor's desk that could pose a hurdle for the city of Philadelphia's ambitious plan to provide broadband service throughout the city via Wi-Fi.

One provision of House Bill 30 (HB30), a wide-ranging telecommunications regulation bill that earned final approval by the state House and Senate on Friday, would prohibit a government or any entity it creates from offering broadband for a fee.

Philadelphia's city government is studying plans to deploy Wi-Fi wireless LAN access points throughout the city, each offering IEEE 802.11b access and linked to others via a wireless mesh network, said Dinanah Neff, the city's chief information officer.

RADCOM and Comarco Partnership

November 23, 2004

Radcom gave me advance notice on this release announced today regarding their next-gen cellular testing solution through a partnership with Comarco, Inc. They have partnered to collaborate on the development of a next-generation testing solution that integrates both companies'
core technologies for service monitoring of 2.5G and 3G networks, including GPRS, UMTS and CDMA2000. (by the way, I've used several of Radcom's testing products and I liked all of them.)

With networks converging and "touching" each other in ever more complex ways, the ability to diagnose, test, simulate, and troubleshoot problems becomes increasingly important. With VoIP now being added to just about every type of network you can think of, latency testing and voice quality measurements are critical.

Spirit VoIP Conferencing

November 23, 2004

Just a quick VoIP conferencing product announcement to share.

New SPIRIT software provides more talk at better clarity and lower cost
November 23, – SPIRIT (www.spiritdsp.com/voip), the leading supplier of embedded software products for telecom and VoIP, announces Multi-PASS - a new software product targeted for PC-based VoIP communication.

SPIRIT Multi-PASS is an advanced conferencing solution providing both server-based and serverless peer-to-peer and multipoint conferencing. SPIRIT Multi-PASS enables any number of conferences and unlimited number of participants per conference without degradation of speech quality and user experience.

Popular Telephony GNUP Registry Now Live

November 22, 2004

The GNUP registry is now live, so you can go register for a number. Since I was one of the first to register, I figured i'd get a really cool number or one east to remember, like "(8844) 1000000002", alas it was not to be... I got (8844) 4294967281. Ah well...

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