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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

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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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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Lump Crab and Data

June 6, 2011

Lump Crab and Data

The weekend began with some great apple smoked ribs, fettuccini with chicken and a creamy Dijon mustard sauce and finally Indian food (goat curry, lamb curry, vegetable curry, rice pilaf, and naan). Everything was very good. If I had not entered the weekend with a recipe of the week in mind, the pasta with cream and mustard would be the one.

Two OEMs, Two OSs

June 3, 2011

3CX and Digium are two of Broadvox’s largest IP PBX platforms in terms of SIP Trunking market share. I am always hesitant to mention specific IP PBX OEMs for fear of alienating another of our OEM partners. That said please forgive me Panasonic, NEC, Samsung, Iwatsu, Epygi and anyone else. Today, I found it interesting to look at a couple of recent press releases from the two companies.

A SIP Trunk Standard Emerges

June 1, 2011

In a recent interview I noted that Broadvox has done more interoperability testing (IOT) than any other carrier. The interviewer then responded with a very pertinent question, “Did we find interoperability testing a good thing?” the answer is a resounding “No!” We do it because we have to in order to support the greatest variety of IP PBXs out there.

There are alternatives to IOT such as using our good friends at Ingate and AudioCodes. Both of these offer E-SBCs, IADs and gateways to make IOT almost obsolete.

A Stormy Night Shows Me the Future

May 25, 2011

Certainly what Dallas went through last night doesn’t measure up to the situation in Joplin, Missouri. However, it was enough to turn a 10:00 PM arrival into a 1:45 AM arrival. In addition, the plane contained 45 or so 13 years olds returning from a Washington, D.C. field trip.

With Ready Fire Aim Avoid Intractable

May 23, 2011

With Ready Fire Aim Avoid Intractable

This was a rerun weekend for food. I ate some of my favorite dishes; a cheese burger, nachos, and Cioppino. Although, have shared elements of these foods before, I really never do things the same way twice.

How Green is the Cloud?

May 20, 2011

Cloud computing is everywhere with most of us having the key benefits down to a fine science. However, yesterday got me thinking about how green is the cloud? One of our key OEMs is launching a new program that will enable their channel to continue to sell their premise based IP PBX but also position a hosted solution. It became clear that there are more converts everyday that move from the position of “premise versus hosted” to “premise and hosted”.

Technology Commodity Conversation

May 18, 2011

A few years ago Nick Carr in a Harvard Business Review article proposed that Information Technology was a commodity and no longer of strategic value to a business. In addition to a belief that IT was ubiquitous, available to all, he expressed a general concern over the amount of CAPEX and OPEX that IT organizations consumed. Finally, the IT elements affected by the discussion include storage, processing and communications.

Yesterday, during a conference session at LegalTech 2011 in Los Angeles, the question was asked again regarding whether IT was a commodity.

A Taste of Crabs and a Touch of Security

May 16, 2011

As promised, I grilled this weekend. Although, the meals were not what you would think of as grilled affairs. Saturday, I brined and then pounded thin some pork chops to create “elephant ears”. The bone is left in place making for an interesting presentation and providing additional flavor. 

Taking It to the Cloud

May 13, 2011

It’s clear that cloud computing is on the fast track. It has attracted the attention of companies like Amazon and Google, who with their server farms saw this as a natural extension of the business. It has also attracted telecommunications service providers such as Verizon, BT, AT&T and others, principally because of their existing relationships with enterprise customers and experience with reliability and security.

Therefore, it is not surprising that during Interop, it is a major topic of discussion.

Mashups Seem to be Working

May 9, 2011

Mashups Seem to be Working

Okay so I didn’t cook a lot this weekend. Friday was a leftover fried chicken for my wife and leftover prime rib for me. They were accompanied by a Caesar salad.

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