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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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October 11, 2004

Verisign and VoIP using SS7 and SIP

October 11, 2004

Everybody knows VeriSign as the guys who issue SSL certificates, right? Well, I guess Verisign is diversifying.

Check out this bit of news with my analysis at the bottom. VeriSign, a provider of intelligent infrastructure services for the Internet and telecommunications networks, announced today that it is offering Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers a cost-effective way to exchange voice traffic with traditional telecommunications carriers.

Atheros single chip design

October 11, 2004

Some interesting news from Atheros. Definitely keep your eye on Atheros. They are very strong in the WiMAX market which will no doubt take off in 2005.

This single-chip design sports an integrated 802.11a/b/g design -- Media Access Controller (MAC), baseband processor, and a high-performance radio with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz capabilities.

Charter Communications Tech Support using VoIP

October 11, 2004

I've been experiencing 5%-20% packet loss over the past several days on my home Charter High-Speed cable connection.

It's affected my home Vonage VoIP phone line.

I called yesterday from Vonage to Charter, but the packet loss was so bad, that the technician couldn't hear me and at times I couldn't hear him. I would have called from my cellphone, but unfortunately I don't get service in my house.

Orb Networks Streaming Live TV

October 11, 2004

As a home-theater and gadget lover, I've always got my eye out for the latest new gadget that involves home theater equipment. I came across this news release from Orb Networks, which claims this product can "provides spontaneous access to a person’s music, live television, videos, photos and other digital content from any device that can connect to the Internet, such as a cell phone, PDA, or notebook, allowing users to create their own "personal media portal."

Essentially, this product can "stream" any of the content from your home PC to wherever you are - if your PC has a TV tuner card, such as a Microsoft Media PC, then it can stream that as well. It's actually a service-based subscription model, so it kind of reminds me of GoToMyPC, a subscription-based remote-desktop PC application which transmits Windows and mouse movements for remote access. In the case of Orb Networks' product, instead of "streaming" just the Windows GUI and mouse movements, it can stream actual video and even perform codec compression on-the-fly which will allow you to access your PC's internal TV tuner and watch TV from work on your work PC.

Vonage, AT&T, and Covad go at it

October 11, 2004

WiMAX Takes VoIP by Storm

October 11, 2004

I predict WiMAX using VoIP will be your next home phone and your next cell phone. First, let me lay the groundwork, since you may not be familiar with WiMAX. WiMax is a wireless radio technology that promises to deliver two-way Internet access at speeds of up to 75 megabits per second at long range. Think of it as WiFi on steroids.

Interdigital lowers wireless interference

October 9, 2004

As WiFi, 3G and other wireless devices become more prevalent, with more and more users added to the wireless highway - so does the congestion and interference from other wireless devices. Interdigital offers a "smart antenna" for various wireless standards that supposedly reduces interference, increases range, and reduces battery life drain of wireless devices.

Here's the release:
INTERDIGITAL UNVEILS ADAPTIVE INTERFERENCE MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS FOR WLAN AND CELLULAR DEVICES AT ANTENNA SYSTEMS 2004

High performance products offer equipment manufacturers and semiconductor suppliers an extremely cost-effective solution for offering of differentiated wireless devices
Denver, Colorado, October 7, 2004. .



Supercomm is no more

October 9, 2004

When I first read an email saying Supercomm is no more, I was like first Comdex died and now this?

Supercomm is "retired" according to an email I received announcing the news. Actually, just the name is retired - the new name is going to be caled "Globalcomm". The partnership between Telecommunications Industry Association and the U.S.

VoIP and Internet Telephony Expo are on FIRE!

October 7, 2004

VoIP and Internet Telephony Expo is on Fire!

I was standing at the ETG Technologies booth (who have a really cool gadget by the way) and the smell of smoke was permeating the air. All of a sudden a small electrical fire popped up on the floor (right where two electrial extension cords were connected). As cool as fire looks, and as much as I loved to play with fire as a kid, fire is not a good thing. However, on the bright side, I guess this show was so packed with so many VoIP exhibits sucking electrical juice that the hotel's electrical wiring couldn't hande it.
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