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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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Interviewing for a Double Chocolate Ice Cream

June 14, 2010

I can't believe I missed two entries of blogs, especially when I had subjects to discussed. But first the weekend's food. My godson, Taylor, and goddaughter, Mackenzie, came to spend the week on Friday. The twins have been a part of life since their birth and to celebrate their arrival I had a BBQ on Sunday.

All You Can Eat Fettuccine

June 7, 2010

I didn't cook a lot this weekend as we decided to eat light on Friday and tried out a new restaurant on Saturday. Therefore, I knew that Sunday's dish had to be spot on as it, by default, would be the recipe of the week. I thawed some chicken over night with an idea to do something with it, pasta and gorgonzola cheese. However, Sunday morning, I got an inspiration to make the dish using mustard, lemon juice and cream.

Test My ISP

June 4, 2010

Earlier this week the FCC announced that four out of five Americans do not know the speed of their broadband at home. Additionally, 91 percent considered the speed of their broadband to be sufficient for their needs. This is considered by some to be very revealing information. I for one look at it as "so what".

IP Connects the World Again

June 1, 2010

What a weekend for food! It began with a Tostada (fried corn tortilla covered with refried beans, spicy beef, cheese, chipotle cream and guacamole), French toast (with an apple sauce, honey and maple syrup), sweetbreads three ways (braised with mushrooms in a white wine sauce, deep fried with Panko crumbs and a remoulade sauce and grilled with a smoky BBQ sauce), and grilled tuna (with spicy soy sauce, a peach salsa and wasabi mash potatoes). Wow! I had little choice but to wonder what would be the most the most interesting of dish of the week.

The Telecommunications Bible

May 28, 2010

Earlier this week I was sent an article discussing activity in congress to revise the Communications Act or more formerly the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The writer referred to the act as the "telecommunications bible". I thought about that for a bit and realized that a law would never be the telecom bible. For many of us, the telecom bible was called "Notes on the Network" published initially by AT&T.

A Change is a Coming

May 26, 2010

The workhorse for digital communications beyond a private network has been the T1. The T1, which stands for Trunk Level 1, is a digital transmission link operating at 1.544 Mbps. For several decades, businesses have looked to T1s to provide their voice communications connectivity. However, as VoIP has evolved and grown in the marketplace. A channelized product, such as a T1 (24 voice channels), becomes an anachronism.

A Spicy Issue

May 24, 2010

I was planning on a making a very special dish this weekend but was blindsided by a mother-daughter thing. My wife and her daughter decided to spend the day together at the Dallas Museum and, well, it's not really a lot of fun to cook just for yourself. So, Sunday, ended up being a very unoriginal day of cooking. However, I do have an original recipe for you.

Defeat the Power FUD

May 21, 2010

Selling SIP Trunking to SMBs and Enterprises involves three basic value propositions:

·         Transitioning to SIP will save you a lot of money. How much varies but for most businesses regardless of size, the savings will range from 30-70%.

·         The new IP PBXs offer improved features, reduced operational costs, greater security and broader array of OEM choices

Acme Packet is not Wily Coyote's Cup of Tea

May 19, 2010

Wily Coyote may have been purchasing from a fictitious company called "Acme". However, Broadvox's purchase of products is not from Acme but rather Acme Packet.

Gary Tabachnik, VP Carrier Sales for Broadvox, and I attended an Acme Packet event Interconnect 2010 in San Diego on Monday and Tuesday. The attendees consisted of other major carriers, enterprises and Acme Packet technology partners.

Good Things Take Time

May 17, 2010

Obviously, I did not need to create an original recipe this weekend as I had the Smoked Pork and Ricotta Cannelloni waiting the wings. Therefore, Friday was southern fried pork chops with a green salad, Saturday was BBQ chicken with grilled vegetables and Sunday was a baked potato with our favorite toppings. I'll share the BBQ chicken recipe over the course of the summer. As for the cannelloni, it is a labor of love and that's why we make it on weekends.

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