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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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Time to Accept Mobility as the Way

September 24, 2012

Focusing on the iPhone success misses a larger point. It is not simply the success of Apple or even Samsung, who actually has the larger global market share for smartphones (33% vs. 17%), that is the major business story. The more important story continues to be the migration from desktop devices and PCs to mobile devices and smartphones.

That's Crazy!!

September 20, 2012

As I travel for business, I find myself offered the opportunity to access ANPI’s data network or the Internet via Wi-Fi on several airlines. Like most dedicated employees, I do work on airplanes but I have only once paid for the privilege of using an airline’s Wi-Fi service and I am not alone.  According to GoGo, one of the providers of such a service, less than 10% of passengers use Wi-Fi on airplanes. Furthermore, as in my case, being able to expense the service does not improve the adoption or penetration rate.

The ILECs and NTCA 2012

September 17, 2012

In joining ANPI, I have been reintroduced to the concerns of the smaller independent telephone companies. Although, these companies are labeled as “incumbents”, they are relatively unknown outside of their local areas. Two things are worth noting: these ILECs or RLECs have been affected by the latest FCC reforms on funding and transit rules more than most of us are aware and these same companies must develop business plans that address the technological changes that IP communication affords them. I have addressed the funding reforms put in place by the FCC multiple times and will continue to review the impact of the new rules on our industry.

A Taxing Issue for Broadband and Channel Partners 2012

September 13, 2012

A Taxing Issue for Broadband and Channel Partners 2012

Earlier this week the FCC reversed itself and decided not to pursue taxing broadband to supplement the funding of the Universal Service Fund (USF). The USF is funded through taxes on wireline services. Since the use of wireline services is dropping due to increased use of wireless services and applications, the USF has seen its funding strained.

When Rural Becomes Competitive

September 10, 2012

The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) has renamed itself the Competitive Carrier Association to create greater synergies to fight AT&T ad Verizon, the two largest wireless carriers in the US. Whereas the RCA saw its initial charter as promoting the interest of small regional wireless carriers, the market has been defined by consolidation. This changed the landscape from wireless carriers categorized as regional and geographically limited in size and scope to nationwide.

When I was with Ericsson in the early 1980s is was very important for carriers to cooperate with roaming agreements and device interoperability.

ASP (Access, Speed and Price) Defines Broadband Penetration

September 6, 2012

According the FCC’s Eighth Broadband Progress Report, 98% of Americans now have access to broadband that meets 4 Mbps down (into the home) and 1 Mbps up (into the Internet). This infers that 2% do not have such coverage, which represents over 5,000,000 people. Not surprisingly, the remaining 2% are scattered over a third of the country’s landmass. While the new rules covering the Universal Service Fund (USF) and InterCarrier Compensation (ICC) have need adopted by the FCC and those monies are intended to support the expansion of broadband to uncovered or underserved areas, the amount required to address the remaining 2% is prohibitive.

Gravy and the Blue Light Dilemma

July 16, 2012

It should have been a great weekend for cooking but I wasn’t as motivated as normal. I made breakfast for my wife each day but only cooked on Saturday. I grilled wagyu beef New York strip steaks and served them with a spring salad and fettuccini. Wagyu beef is from the same breed of cattle that produces Kobe in Japan.

Red, White and SIP

July 9, 2012

I took a few days off last week which led to me cooking more than usual. I won’t go into everything I fixed but I have to extol the virtue of slow cooked Italian gravy. There are an abundance of recipes out there and I recommend keeping it simple. I also recommend using San Marzano tomatoes and white wine to sweeten instead of red.

Gobble, Gobble, Gobbled

July 2, 2012

It was a busy and very varied weekend for food. Since I enjoy Philadelphia cheese steaks we had those for Friday dinner. Saturday was what I call a mariner’s pie versus a shepherd’s pie. Instead of lamb and few vegetables as the filling, it was crab, shrimp and lobster held together with a béchamel sauce.

Nora Ephron and IP Communications

June 27, 2012

Yesterday, director and writer Nora Ephron died after battling leukemia. You may not be familiar with her name but you probably know at least one of of her well known movies. Of interest to me, two starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and the third Meryl Streep as Julia Child.

In the first, Sleepless in Seattle, we are introduced to a man that has lost his wife in a very public way, the radio.

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