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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 »

The Fall of Vonage and Net2phone?

September 7, 2004

I recently discussed the possibility of the "Death Knell for Vonage, Net2Phone, Packet8, Broadvoice, Lingo"

This news story makes a similar analysis:
CableFAX's CableWORLD:Meet the System-Rock Hill, S.C.: Rockin' With a Five-Pack

One quote from this article says, "Sounds like no need for Vonage, Net2Phone or any middleman vendor here."

I still think Vonage, Net2Phone, etc. are here to stay - at least for a little while. But certainly the "triple play" bundled offerings that cable companies can provide does not bode well for ITSPs that only provide "voice".

Then again...

AT&T suckers the Cable Companies on VoIP broadband service

September 7, 2004

I've been meaning to comment on this Cnet article from last week:
AT&T won't mess up again - News - ZDNet

It's an interview with AT&T's David Dorman where he talks about AT&T's future direction with VoIP and their recent deals with cable companies.

Here's a quote that really stuck in my craw:
AT&T David Dorman:"It's a battle between the cable guys and the Bells. People talk about it being a duopoly. It's not a duopoly.

VoIP, Where are you IBM?

September 7, 2004

Dial-Up VoIP

September 7, 2004

In the VoIP Forums there has been a lot of requests for help in finding Dial-Up VoIP products.

While broadband has recently surpassed dial-up users in the U.S., (see http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/tom-keating/voip/archives/broadband-overtakes-narrowband-dialup-woohoo.html), there still are millions of dial-up users that would love to use VoIP over their dial-up connection.

Go check out these two VoIP forum threads that discuss dial-up VoIP products:
VoIP Forum Call Center Forum other Forums: Dial-Up VoIP Part 1
VoIP Forum Call Center Forum other Forums: Dial-Up VoIP Part 2

Skype certainly is one option that works pretty well over dial-up.

To really make VoIP over dial-up a common occurence, AOL, the largest dial-up provider in the U.S., if not the world, needs to offer dial-up VoIP.

Using PSTN Acces Numbers to dial SIP address

September 6, 2004

Packet8 VideoPhone review

September 3, 2004

To borrow a quote, "Beavis, this is the coolest thing I have ever seen".

I got a sneak peek at the Packet8 VideoPhone, which has an embeded RTOS (UNIX/OSIX compliant) and I was quite impressed! It supports CIF (352 x 288 pixels) and QCIF (176 x 144 pixels) resolutions, and it uses SIP. According to the specifications, it uses G.711, G.723.1 for the audio, although when I spoke to Packet8, they said the videophone also uses their own "flavor" of G.729a.

Hooking up the Packet8 VideoPhone was a breeze.

VoIP SPIT spam

September 3, 2004

Worlds's First Internet Television Network

September 2, 2004

Check out this release:
PRESS RELEASE: GET READY! THE NEXT REVOLUTION IN TV STARTS LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

wIPphone VoIP service offers unlimited numbers worldwide

September 2, 2004

wIPphone is offering unlimited numbers free of charge to select cities (over 900) in the U.S. and countries worldwide. Thus, you can for instance have the ever-popular New York number, as well as a number in California, or wherever.

There FAQ states:
Can I get a regular or toll-free US phone number attached to my wIPphone?

South Africa - Welcome to the VoIP Revolution Man!

September 2, 2004

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