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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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The World is Making Lemonade

June 25, 2012

This past weekend I hosted a dinner party so Friday was a simple affair of brined pork chops and roasted potatoes. However, Saturday was my first grilled or smoked dinner. It was not a BBQ or casual affair. We started with smoked salmon serve with an avocado purée, smoked fontina cheese and spicy salami, smoked cheddar cheese and roasted pork shank, and grilled vegetables seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder that were then tossed with fresh basil, tarragon, oregano and lemon juice.

Over Promise and Under Deliver

June 22, 2012

Microsoft with the announcement of Surface continues to over promise and under deliver. The Surface tablet looks very promising but in reality it is another example of marketing FUD. Microsoft should be embarrassed at announcing a product without a delivery date or price. Although, today there is activity on the web that indicates it will be priced at $599 for the RT model and $999 for the Windows 8 Pro model.

June 20, 2012

ITU says Broadband Is the Answer

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is an agency of the UN responsible for information and communication technologies. They allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure interconnection of networks and technologies and work to improve IT and communications for communities worldwide. Yesterday the ITU released a letter addressed to the participants of the G20 postulating that expanding the reach of broadband and increasing its available speeds would enable the G20 economies to improve at a faster rate.

Trending, Trendy and Works

June 15, 2012

Too often we use the phrases “everyone” and “everywhere” when we mean something entirely different. We usually use such terms to denote a rapidly growing trend. For example, everyone does not have a smartphone, tablet or Facebook account. Consequently, there is still room to sell other competitive items or gain additional converts to social media.

And the Answer is...

June 13, 2012

Best-of-Breed, End-to-end, single vendor architecture and everything scape; these are the terms of the past and future which are dangled in front of businesses and carriers as the nirvana for a myriad of situations. Yesterday, during Cisco Live, CEO John Chambers spoke of an increasing trend for carriers to consider single vendor networks and architectures as the best solution. Interestingly, I thought that point had been made years ago by the original single vendor provider to carriers in North America, AT&T.

AT&T of the last century controlled most of telecommunications in North America with significant influence on the rest of the world.

Mac and Cheese, Mitt and Telecom

June 11, 2012

It was surprising to learn that I have not shared my macaroni and cheese recipe with you guys. That’s amazing because it is a dish that gets made quite often when the grandkids are over for dinner or when Gay and I desire a comfort food. I made four notable dishes last week, a quick cured salmon that was pan roasted, smoked brisket, grilled beef heart and macaroni (actually cavatappi) and cheese with bacon and sundried tomatoes. The salmon was amazing in that I cured it for only an hour using two parts sugar to one part salt and a mixture of dill and ground pickling spices.

Mac and Cheese, Mitt and Telecom

June 11, 2012

It was surprising to learn that I have not shared my macaroni and cheese recipe with you guys. That’s amazing because it is a dish that gets made quite often when the grandkids are over for dinner or when Gay and I desire a comfort food. I made four notable dishes last week, a quick cured salmon that was pan roasted, smoked brisket, grilled beef heart and macaroni (actually cavatappi) and cheese with bacon and sundried tomatoes. The salmon was amazing in that I cured it for only an hour using two parts sugar to one part salt and a mixture of dill and ground pickling spices.

It Isn't What It Seems

June 8, 2012

A couple of years ago as I flew from Atlanta to Dallas, thunderstorms prevented us from landing and we were diverted to Austin to refuel and try again. On board was a large group of teenagers traveling together and I noted their immediate use of smartphones, laptops and such to understand what was going on and communicate with their anxiously awaiting parents. Wednesday, I had the pleasure of being delayed again by thunderstorms and what should have taken less than two hours turned into eight and a half hours. But this time it was different.

SIP and VoIP

June 6, 2012

The SIP School recently released their SIP Survey 2012 which summarizes the opinions and experiences of more than 400 industry professionals. It is an excellent update on the growth and importance of SIP Trunks to service providers as a revenue source and to businesses as a better way to communicate. However, I was discussing the survey with another industry professional and his comments were only on the problems identified in the survey and not on the value add of SIP. And that misses the point of the SIP School and the reason businesses are migrating to SIP.

Facing the Music

June 1, 2012

I have avoided writing about Facebook primarily because nearly everyone else is. For full disclosure, I do not have a Facebook page. However, I do manage such a page (http://www.facebook.com/Broadvox, after all I am a big social media proponent. And therein lies the rub.
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