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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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Carrier VoIP Equipment Market Up 69%

November 22, 2004

Got this release over the weekend with some interesting VoIP industry statistics I thought I'd share.

Carrier VoIP Equipment Market Up 69% Year-over-Year in 3Q04

BOSTON, Massachusetts, November 22, 2004--Worldwide next gen voice product revenue totaled $452 million in 3Q04, up 13% from 2Q04 and up 69% year-over-year, according to Infonetics Research’s quarterly market share and forecast service, Next Gen Voice Products. Annual revenue is projected to grow from $1.3 billion in 2003 to $4.8 billion in 2007, representing a strong CAGR of 39%.

"Most equipment categories saw sequential growth this quarter," said Infonetics Research's Kevin Mitchell, directing analyst and co-author of the report.

Electric Car

November 22, 2004

Eliica Electric Car

With oil and gas prices through the roof, the interest in electric cars has certainly increased. However, the knocks against electric vehicles is that they are not fast, have terrible range, and take a long time to recharge. Well, the Eliica, short for Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car boasts a 0-100kmh time of just four seconds and a 0-160kmh time of seven seconds, which means the Eliica accelerates faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo. While they haven't solved the recharging time or the range, since I'm a bit of a speed freak, this car certainly piqued my interest with its excellent performance numbers.

Alcatel acquires Right Vision

November 19, 2004

Just some quick news to share...

Alcatel acquires Right Vision to deliver 'all-in-one' IT and communications solutions to SMBs

Paris, November 19, 2004 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced its intention to acquire privately held Right Vision, a leading European provider of software-based internet appliances that provide internet access, email and Web applications, as well as security and simplified management capabilities. The acquisition of Right Vision supports Alcatel's vision for delivering converged Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions that bring together IT and communications in "all-in-one" packages. Alcatel will target small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with these solutions, integrating voice, data and Internet functionalities into a single offering.

U-Blox SuperSense GPS Weak Signal Tracking

November 19, 2004

I've become quite dependent on my GPS solution (Destinator 3.0 running on an iPaq), which has allowed me to throw out all the maps in my glove box. Unfortunately, I had one very bad experience trying to rely on my GPS when I was driving through the streets of Manhattan during a downpour. As it is, the tall buildings in NYC weaken the GPS signal strength, but during a rainstorm you can forget about it - I couldn't get a GPS lock. I was completely and totally lost in the streets of Manhattan on a Friday evening trying to get back home to Connecticut during rush hour traffic (the worst possible traffic day & time).

SBC VoIP Tariff Scare

November 18, 2004

According to several sources, SBC plans to file a new tariff with the Federal Communications Commission that aims to increase the fees paid by Internet service providers for calls completed on the company's local-phone network. In other words, if you use VoIP and terminate on SBC's PSTN network you're going to pay up. If the interpretation of this tariff filing is correct, this would mark the first time that a RBOC or phone company has tried to levy a fee on VoIP providers. It's not "exactly" a correct interpretation, but I'll get into that in a minute.

Streaming Live TV

November 17, 2004

Streaming Live TV has been a dream of mine. I'd love to have access to streaming TV from anywhere - wouldn't you? Well, last week I redeemed 170,000 Sony points to get a Sony VAIO RA920G PC running Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005 operating system. I was curious if I could figure out a way to "stream" my home PC's multimedia content, including My Videos (.AVI, .Divx, etc), as well as stream live TV to my PC at work by accessing the TV tuner capture card.

Liz Claiborne and VoIP

November 16, 2004

Hockey Stick Growth Curve

According to this press release: Liz Claiborne Inc. Receives Cisco's 4 Millionth IP Telephone, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO - News) today announced the sale of its 4 millionth Cisco Internet Protocol (IP) telephone to fashion apparel and accessories icon Liz Claiborne Inc., a milestone that demonstrates Cisco's continuing acceleration in the enterprise voice market. "It took us 4-and-a-half years to sell our first 2 million IP phones and only 14 months to climb from 2 million to 4 million phones sold to customers," said Barry O’Sullivan, vice president and general manager for Cisco's IP Communications Business Unit. "The 4 million milestone that we achieved in October this year, confirms our leadership in the enterprise voice market and demonstrates the rapid market acceleration we are driving in this space. It also points to growing customer adoption of our IP Communications system."

More proof of the "hockey stick" exponential growth curve of VoIP. VoIP got off to a slow start slow, but that curve is hooking straight up now!

Nuvio FCC Filing Advocates CALEA Guidelines For VoIP Providers

November 15, 2004

A couple of weeks ago Nuvio urged the FCC to keep broadband providers from tampering with third-party VoIP phone service providers riding on their broadband pipes. Specifically, Nuvio Corp., a private-label VoIP provider, wants the FCC to prohibit cable providers/MSOs, Baby Bells and other broadband providers from blocking access to other VoIP services or surreptitiously degrading the service level. Best analogy I can give - imagine you are using Comcast high-speed Internet and using Vonage for your VoIP provider. Since Comcast offers their own competing VoIP offering, they could in theory "slow down" or "block" IP traffic coming from or destined for Vonage's servers that have "known" IP addresses.

Blackberry and CRM

November 15, 2004

It seems I can't go to any public place for at least an hour without seeing at least one Blackberry device - especially airports. Blackberries are known for their excellent email capabilities, however third-party developers are adding additional functionality as well, including CRM / contact management integration. All the Blackberry needs now is VoIP (instead of cellular) capabilities and it will be even more of a killer app/platform.

Check out this news release from Vettro which adds support to the Blackberry for Salesforce.com and Supportforce.com CRM applications:

VETTRO UNVEILS RAINMAKER 4.0 FOR SALESFORCE.COM AND SUPPORTFORCE.COM

Latest Edition of On-Demand Mobile Service Offers Increased CRM Functionality on BlackBerry and Windows Mobile Devices

NEW YORK -- November 15, 2004 -- Vettro, a leading provider of mobile enterprise applications, today announced the availability of Vettro RainMaker 4.0, a complete mobile solution for Salesforce.com users.

Popular Telephony enters Japanese Market

November 15, 2004

Two things...
1) You know that lame excuse/expression, "The dog ate my homework"? Well, for me that excuse has come true. While I don't have "homework" to do, my foster dog ate my glasses making reading and typing quite a challenge this Monday morning. My wireframe glasses are so mangled they resemble a piece of impressionist artwork.

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