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Mobile fax? Why do you need that?

Fax is an enduring technology. While you may think that fax is declining, some reports show that the market is actually...

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We ask the experts: How can exceptional QoE be achieved in VoLTE networks?

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

What does voice over LTE (VoLTE) offer your subscribers? Better voice quality, including HD voice. Rich communications with messaging and video. And whatever inventive applications you choose to introduce. In other words, VoLTE can provide a superior quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers and give you a competitive edge — particularly when your service operates at its best. 

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In my last blog[CCE1] , our experts explained why an end-to-end strategy is the key to maintaining peak VoLTE performance. Now we’ll look at how this strategy gets put into practice to optimize real-world service offerings. The information here is based on interviews with Luis Venerio who works with our VoLTE Readiness Services team. And his observations come straight from his experience on VoLTE deployments that serve millions of subscribers.

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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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Presidential Election and Technology

November 3, 2004

Tim Russert with Tablet PC

I'm sure many of us were watching the presidential election coverage on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, or the traditional TV networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) last night. Well you probably noticed lots of technology being used by the news anchors and commentators. I thought I would share this news release since it is timely.

NBC Utilizes Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000 Tablet PC to Reveal Updates during Presidential Election Coverage 2004

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Peerio P2P VoIP Software Goes Live (sorta)

November 3, 2004

Popular Telephony's Peerio GNUP is live - kinda, sorta. I am going to request some volunteers/fans of VoIP to aid in Peerio's initial deployment, which I'll get into in a bit.

First, let me share this from Popular Telephony's GNUP website:
A Free Global Numbering Plan, Peerio GNUP provides interconnectivity between all existing peer-to-peer, PSTN, Standards-based and proprietary VoIP applications.

GNUP is the first solution that will let VoIP users receive calls from other applications, phones and devices.

Cisco ATA-186 firmware and other VoIP stuff

November 3, 2004

There is a popular thread in the VoIP Forums that discusses the need for users of the popular Cisco ATA-186 to be able to download H.323 or SIP firmware for the Cisco ATA-186. Coincidentally, I was Googling ATA 186 SIP Firmware and I came across a past Internet Telephony article of mine written in July 2003 titled "The Amazing Cisco ATA-186 And Top ITSPs Compared" where I discussed how to "hack" the Cisco ATA-186 so you can download SIP or H.323 firmware. Well, it wasn't a true hack in the sense of the word, but let's not split hairs. I thought I would share this article from 2003 since it still may be of benefit to readers of my blog.

Internet Telephony Magazine and Customer Interaction Solutions go Digital

November 3, 2004

Rich Tehrani, publisher of Internet Telephony and Customer Interaction Solutions has made a major announcement regarding TMC's publications. We're going digital! Yep, that's right - digital. That is, you'll be able to download Acrobat PDF versions of our print magazines.

More ENUM News

November 2, 2004

I only have time to provide some quick analysis since I am leaving for the day to go wait in line and vote for the next president...

Ready for the analysis? Ok, here goes... ENUM is taking flight...

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November 2, 2004

EagleACD Call Center Hosted Solution

November 1, 2004

I was Googling and came across EagleACD, which I had never heard of, so I decided to check them out. They are a hosted-ACD platform or hosted contact center platform if you will.. that is similar to CosmoCom, which TMC has covered extensively over the years. I even reviewed CosmoCom several years ago and CosmoCom is also a past TMC Labs Innovation Award winner.

Vonage Adds 600 Jobs

October 29, 2004

Interesting... Vonage is planning to add 600 new employees to their payroll. Perhaps they've finally heard all the complaints in the VoIP Forums and other online forums about their poor customer service and have decided to do something about it. Let's see how true this press release turns out to be.

iTunes and Windows Pocket PCs

October 29, 2004

I just got an interesting email offering me an eval copy of a new piece of software called ppcTunes that which they claim is the first tool of its kind to allow Windows iTunes users to auto-copy selected playlists to their Pocket PCs, Windows Mobile Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phones & Smartphones. ppcTunes will even map your music files to your storage card so as not to fill up the main memory of your device. As an iPod user and a PocketPC user myself, until this product was created, I knew that Pocket PC users had no way to sync their iTunes playlists to their Windows-based handhelds.

Now I should state that this product copies the .mp3 files for the playlists you select and not the playlists themselves, i.e.

GoDaddy and ENUM

October 29, 2004

Just the other day, I blogged about ENUM and I specifically mentioned VeriSign's entry into the VoIP space by offering ENUM. I also mentioned GoDaddy, but more as a side comment that they (GoDaddy) and VeriSign are two of the most popular DNS registrars. While I did expect other DNS registrars to follow VeriSign's example and jump on the ENUM bandwagon, I had no inkling that GoDaddy was going to do it so soon!

Well two days after I wrote "ENUM ENUM ENUM!" GoDaddy has announced a partnership with with several leading telecommunications companies in forming Country Code 1 ENUM LLC.

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