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Access is Still Pretty Good

At all the shows, it is cloud this and cloud that - a bunch of doom and gloom on legacy telecom....

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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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ZyXEL launches Prestige Series ATA

October 5, 2004

I got a pre-announcment from ZyXEL that I thought I'd share before it even hits the news wires.

ZyXEL Communications Inc., a leading provider of global broadband access solutions, will announce the North American launch of its Prestige Series Voice over IP (VoIP) Analog Telephone Adapters (ATAs) for IP telephony service deployment, SOHO, SMB and home VoIP applications.

The ZyXEL P-2002 and P-2002L ATAs enable IP telephony service providers (ITSPs) to offer easy-to-use VoIP services directly to their current customers. Customers with an existing broadband connection can instantly turn their conventional telephones into IP phones.

COX Digital Telephone VoIP service

October 4, 2004

Johanne Torres and I were both just commenting on Cox's "VoIP" announcement today. It's called COX Digital Telephone, so both her and I wondered if it's truly VoIP or if it's voice-over-cable - a wholly different voice transport.
It was then that I came across Andy's blog where he too debated whether or not COX is using "true" voice over IP (VoIP) or using coax as the transport medium along with ATM & SONET.

As part of the announcement, Cox took a shot at the broadband telephony firms that transport voice traffic over the public Internet, saying that the method is susceptible to slowdowns. Andy commented on this FUD as well.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and VoIP

October 4, 2004

I know the news about the California report recommending VoIP is a couple of weeks old, but it is worth blogging nevertheless. Johanne Torres wrote an excellent article about this here: http://www.tmcnet.com/tmcnet/articles/2004/081604jt.htm

I decided to read the rather lengthy report myself. The California Performance Review was orderd by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to perform "a focused examination and assessment of California state government." The review report lists many suggested ways to improve government, cut costs, and become more efficient. One of the best suggestions for cost savings in California is to deploy VoIP.

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October 4, 2004

Triple Play IP Media Gateway from Telco Systems

October 4, 2004

Navy Largest VoIP Deployment

October 4, 2004

Since the VoIP exhibits don't start until tomorrow - that's when you'll see some BIG VoIP news, I thought I would share some interesting VoIP news about the Navy possibly having the largest VoIP deployment in the world.

This is really big news when a government or military agency deploys VoIP. The "knock" or argument that VoIP is a security risk loses steam when you learn that a military branch - in this case the Navy - which has strict security requirements is going to deploy VoIP.

Here's an excerpt of the news story describing their VoIP deployment:
If plans by officials at the Navy and EDS work out, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet could soon become one of the largest systems using voice-over-IP technology in the world.

Officials at neither the Navy nor NMCI's lead vendor, EDS, would provide any firm dates for the addition of voice over IP to the system's contract.

VoIP Conference Tradeshow Update

October 4, 2004

I'm here at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo which promises to be the best VoIP tradeshow and conference ever! There is lots of hot news coming out at the show and I'll be reporting it live on my blog. Today is just the VoIP conferences (no exhibits), with some really great VoIP conferences going on that I hope to attend. Tomorrow, the main event- the exhibit hall opens with some really cool keynote speakers including AT&T, Avaya, Polycom and Siemens.

Popular Telephony Peerio a Skype Killer?

October 1, 2004

This is a draft of an article I am writing on Popular Telephony's Peerio which will be published in the November issue of Internet Telephony Magazine. With print magazine lead times versus no lead times online, I thought it was imperative to get this important news out to the VoIP industry as quickly as possible. Popular Telephony aims to change the VoIP landscape with their P2P technology, and word has it, Skype is shaking in its boots. Ok, maybe not..

Major VoIP news at Internet Telephony Expo

October 1, 2004

I've been getting lots of inside scoops that some major announcements are going to take place at Internet Telephony Expo in L.A. California.

I've also learned several other big news is coming down the pipe. Shhh, be very very quiet - this is stuff I'm not supposed to tell you.

Vonage counters AT&T CallVantage price drops

September 30, 2004

Carlos Arcila, a Vonage rep posted a comment on my blog saying as of midnight tonight the price will be $24.99 from $29.99. No doubt this may have something to do with AT&T's price drop in their CallVantage plan or it could be mere coincidence. Nevertheless, yet another drop in broadband voice service.

Here's the link to his comment within the blog entr: (some browsers have issues displaying this in MovableType unless you scroll down and then back up - very weird)
AT&T CallVantage Lowers Price" href="http://blog.tmcnet.com/cgi-bin/comments2.cgi?entry_id=339">VoIP Blog: Comment on AT&T CallVantage Lowers Price

So you can just use this link to see the comment: http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/tom-keating/voip/archives/att-callvantage-lowers-price.asp

Or just read the copy/paste job here:
Carlos Arcila:
Starting at midnight tonight, Vonage will upgrade all of our Local Unlimited customers to our market-leading Premium Unlimited Plan. All customers on the Premium Plan will recieve the new price of $24.99 automatically, and those on the Local Plan can now call unlimited across the 50 states and all of Canada for the same low price!
This is a reduction of nearly 30% on our Unlimited Plan since the beginning of this year!


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