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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

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

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

SOHO VoIP Gadget

October 6, 2004

SIPZoo VoIP service provider

October 5, 2004

HP ProCurve Networking Switch Upgrade

October 5, 2004

ProCurve Networking by HP announced today software upgrades, including enhanced security features and network standardization, to the HP ProCurve Switch 2600, Switch 2600-PWR and Switch 2800 series. Some important new features include Web/MAC Authentication, a Class of Service feature for enhanced VoIP service and the traffic monitoring technology sFlow, which will help to predict traffic congestion and allow the user to plan for future upgrades.

Two very interesting of note. One, is the “MAC Lockout/MAC Lockdown” feature – MAC Lockout causes the switch to drop traffic carrying a specific MAC address as either a source or destination.

Telphin VoIP service

October 5, 2004

Blackberry Killer?

October 5, 2004

No one doubts the popularity of Blackberry - when it comes to email delivery/retrieval it just plain works. I've tried using a PocketPC to send/receive email and it's a nightmare. For one, it's a "pull" technology - I have to logon to the 2.5/3G network, then synchronize which took forever, then actually attempt to open/read an email and then reply. It was too many steps and it was slow.

Kagoor Networks partners with MetaSwitch

October 5, 2004

Here's a fairly big announcement being made at Internet Telephony Expo - Kagoor Networks announced a partnership with MetaSwitch to deliver broadband softswitch/session border control solution for carriers. The new joint solution has been deployed by ENMR Plateau, the largest telephone cooperative in New Mexico.

Using this solution, carriers will be able to deliver traditional and enhanced VoIP services such as IP Centrex over their existing broadband connections.

here's the full release:
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 5, 2004 - Kagoor Networks, a leading session border control provider, and MetaSwitch, a leading Class 5 softswitch vendor, today announced a joint solution that facilitates deployments of VoIP services between carriers and their broadband customers.

Toshiba VoIP News

October 5, 2004

Toshiba made 3 VoIP-related news announcements today.
here are the highlights:
· Toshiba Strata CIX is designed for small- to medium-sized enterprises or larger corporate users with multiple sites and supports up to 672 ports. It offers new FeatureFlex adaptability capabilities that let users customize their features. In addition, it can be TDM-enabled and provides a smooth migration path from Toshiba Strata CTX and Strata DK digital business communication systems. It will be available later this year.

3Com VoIP News

October 5, 2004

I've blogged in the recent past that 3Com has been a little quiet with regards to any VoIP announcements. Well, looks like they've woken up a bit.

They've had at least two recent news, including an interesting one with Siemens, which in fact competes with 3Com in the SMB/SME market with both companies offering IP-PBX solutions. 3Com announced a strategic partnership with Siemens Business Services to provide service and support to 3Com enterprise customers.

ASC and SPIRIT first Linux based voice logging system

October 5, 2004

With open-source Linux telecom solutions such as Asterisk and Pingtel gaining steam, it's always good to hear about another Linux telecom solution.

While this one is not open-source, it is important in that it is the world's first Linux-based call recording system.

here's the news:
October 5, 2004 - ASC (www.asctelecom.com) offers world's first Linux based voice logging system based on SPIRIT (www.spiritdsp.com) speech compression software providing toll quality even in narrowband channels.

For what purposes do people record speech?

Spirent and Cisco Skinny Protocol

October 5, 2004

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