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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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Top 50 Thank You

September 21, 2009

Every Monday is a fun day as I recount what I made over the weekend. I entered the weekend thinking it would be a chicken salad, which I may present on another occasion. The reason for chicken salad was to introduce an excellent use for dried onion flakes and lemon zest. I made the salad and will have it for lunch today but decided there were other good choices made this weekend.

SWAG or WAG

September 18, 2009

Interoperability testing (IOT) is an underappreciated function in the field of SIP Trunking. Today, Broadvox has completed testing with over 35 OEMs and 8 major IADs, the most in the industry. However, every now and again we are caught in a situation where a VAR introduces a new IP PBX or IAD to us by way of a customer order. This causes my blood pressure to jump, and as previous fried chicken and macaroni and cheese guy who loves bacon, I do not need that.

HD Voice...

September 16, 2009

It didn't take long for me to hear that a discussion of the market viability for HD voice was a bit ahead of the game. Most readers don't know what HD voice is. So here is a primer for HD Voice.

High-definition voice, or wideband voice provides a level of improved clarity and better audio for VoIP communications.

HD Meatballs and Voice

September 14, 2009

High-definition seems to be everywhere. So I thought, what the heck, let's make my HD Meatballs this weekend. It was tight race to the finish as last night I had a grilled Gebhardt chili powder marinated thick pork chop that was excellent. I was sorely tempted to make it the recipe of the week.

800 million plus 332 million

September 11, 2009

This blog could have been written as Broadvox beats bandwidth.com, but I realized it was an opportunity to point out a good thing. Last week during IT Expo West Sean Rivers, Director of Sales and Product Engineering was quoted saying "The Company handled 332 million minutes over their network last month."  The announcement was made because the IP community has seen tremendous demand and growth for our services this year.

Yesterday, I was on the phone talking to a potential new member of our partner program and he pointed out that they had a loose relationship with one of the largest Internet Service Providers but nothing formal. I was definitely curious.

Crabby over Security

September 9, 2009

Sorry for being late today but the day began at the dentist's office. It threw me off my routine. Anyway, food as usual over the weekend was very good. We had deep fried turkey (Louisiana), jerk steaks (Jamaica) and soft shell crab (Virginia).

Congratulations...Thank You Very Much!

September 5, 2009

I have done my best to avoid having using this blog for self-promotion. However, Broadvox won the BEST OF SHOW award for Best Service Provider Solution at the most recent IT Expo. While it may seem like a simple award and of little value, we have worked hard to add a successful retail offering to our product portfolio that could successfully complement our wholesale solutions. Broadvox for years has offered SIP Origination and Termination to other carriers and application service providers. One would think the transition would have been simple to provide a SIP Trunking offering to businesses.  It proved not to be simple at all.

Peering, Equals Amongst Equals

September 2, 2009

Peering between networks is nothing new. It has been a part of conducting business for Broadvox and IP Service Providers for years. It is getting a second look as the possibility of free IP calling globally nears. Companies like Skype and Google are exploring how to take advantage of IP peering arrangements to reduce the cost of calling for their customers and members.

Simple Steak and Simpler Software

August 31, 2009

There is nothing better than a great grilled steak during the summer months. Oh what the heck, there is nothing better than a great grilled steak any time of year. A great steak requires two things. A good cut of meat and good seasoning.

Peek-a-boo Julius Genachowski

August 28, 2009

IP Videophones are multiplying quickly in the marketplace and Broadvox labs. So far testing has been quick and satisfying. The phones all adhere to H.263 and H.264 video codec standards. This allows for any video device to any video device testing and communications.

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