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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 FCC is Obscuring Intent with the Third Way

May 14, 2010

Today is my final review of the "Third Way" as proposed by Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman. While we have discussed Sections 201 and 202, I do not plan to spend time examining the impact of Section 208, which gives carriers, businesses, and consumers the ability to complain to the FCC if an incumbent carrier has violated the rules outlined in sections 201 and 202. It seems somewhat obvious. Nor do I wish to analyze Sections 222 and 255, which address customer privacy issues and conformance to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, respectively.

Pursuing Net Neutrality

May 12, 2010

In continuing to examine the three primary section of Title II of the Communications Act, today, we look at Section 202. As a reminder, the review is because of the major announcement made by the FCC Chairman to redefine broadband carriers by using Title I of the Act and 6 sections of Title II. Today we will address Section 202.

Reading Section 202 of the Act is an interesting exercise as the focus of the act is on Broadcast Ownership.

To the Beat of a Different Drum

May 10, 2010

Friday, we had Alaskan King Crab Quiche and Sunday, I served cannelloni. While there are many versions of cannelloni, I made my filling using smoked pork loin and cured Virginia ham. I chose those particular meats over Italian sausage because they just seemed interesting. The completed dish proved those flavors were indeed winners.

A Cautious Approach to Net Neutrality, A Third Way

May 7, 2010

Yesterday, the major news of the day was the Dow dropping 1000 points in just a few minutes. However, for the world of telecom, it was the notice that FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski, was going to release a statement regarding the regulation of broadband carriers. Broadvox management has been discussing the impact of a major change for weeks. Additionally, those of you that have been regular readers of my blog know that I support Net Neutrality as a member of the IP ecosystem and as a consumer of broadband services.

Are Current Government Policies Hurting SMBs?

May 5, 2010

A recent cover story by CRN interviewed small IT related businesses regarding President Obama's 2009/2010 legislative activity/wins and the impact on their business. While I am sure the story was not attempting to accurately poll IT related SMBs, it was clear that most of those interviewed were not optimistic about the newly passed laws. The most discussed law was the Healthcare bill. Most of the SMBs see additional cost, potential taxes and very little improvement in the health insurance plans they provide for their employees.

Chili Crab, Pepper Crab, the Heat is On

May 3, 2010

Chili Crab, Pepper Crab, the Heat is On

On Friday, I blogged that I would share with you one of my favorite recipes. Well, guess what. You are going to get two of them today.

An Improved Strategy for US Broadband

April 30, 2010

We are down to the final leg of the three-legged stool, speed. Most studies examining broadband use a speed of 200kbps as the minimum measure. However, in 2008 the FCC finally realized that 200kbps was insufficient to support the bulk of existing Internet based services and applications. The new definition requires a speed of 768kbps for access to be called broadband.

Further Broadband Penetration Deconstruction

April 28, 2010

Before I begin, I want to remind you that most of the numbers used for the subject for this week's blog come from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration (NTIA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA). I am also using numbers from Insight, Belcher and ChannelVision Magazine. As this is not a college dissertation, and I do not plan to gain economically, I will not be labeling all of the usage going forward. Okay, the disclaimer is out of the way.

Deconstructing Curry and Broadband Statistics

April 26, 2010

It was great to be home for the weekend and cooking my favorite foods. For starters, on Friday we had my fried chicken. Sometimes I'll purchase chicken but after having been in New Orleans for a long a weekend and traveling to Denver for a couple of days, I longed to cook. The chicken was delicious.

Another View of the US Position on Broadband

April 23, 2010

While there is much wringing of hands with regard to broadband in the US versus the rest of the world, I wondered if we were analyzing the numbers properly. Currently, broadband usage is measured using three factors price, speed and penetration. However, most of the time, I see price used as a measurement, it is not normalized to average income, disposable income or any other relevant measure of income across countries. Given that, I looked at several reports including a global study of broadband usage and penetration and average world salaries.

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