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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Rx For Downturn: Better Marketing, Better Customer Service

January 29, 2009

One would think that in a marketplace that is being buffeted by the nastiest economic downturn in years and by a shift in customers' attitudes from passive respondents to becoming active, empowered, participants that companies would step up their marketing and backed by strong customer service. Yet there is unfortunately evidence to the contrary. And companies that fail to get the word out, and deliver effective service risk failing, period.

Attention Microsoft: Focus on Quality, Core Competencies Or Go The Way of GM

January 26, 2009

Which brings the discussion back to Microsoft. Small, rugged, and cheap works. That's why Netbooks are becoming popular. They can be the ideal solutions for contact centers because there is no need for all those guts for what are essentially dumb terminal applications, which also minimizes security risks. So go with the flow: keep XP for them and then design Win7 as an ultrareliable, bug-free, easily migrateable solution for use on larger machines.

Genesys' Timely Deals: Consernos and SDE

January 22, 2009

One of the signature features of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, owned by Alcatel-Lucent, and why it is highly respected is its ability to execute thoroughly: whether in devising and enhancing new software or buying other industry firms. A case in point is Genesys' announcements today of two acquisitions: of Conseros, which provides software that enables dynamically prioritizing work task distribution, and SDE, the creators of the Genesys Customer Interaction Portal (GCIP).

The Blending of The Retail Channels

January 21, 2009

At the same time retailers need to integrate their contact centers with their stores by using presence-based routing tools and multimodal workforce management solutions to obtain increased efficiency from both workforces.

Must The Media Get Involved To Ensure Quality Customer Service?

January 20, 2009

The question that lingers is that why does it have to take the media to get involved to do the right thing? Why can't otherwise intelligent firms put in place solid procedures to resolve the issues in the first place that is far cheaper and less image-damaging than getting the press involved, and forking over cash in PR expenses?

Contact Centers and Economic Development

January 19, 2009

Contact center services are providing one of the few bright employment spots in a dismal economic climate, what with retail bankruptcies and closures and manufacturing shutdowns.

Why $40B in Broadband Availability Is Worth While

January 16, 2009

So the question then becomes: does an IP-supporting broadband network merit the same standing as a key infrastructure like roads, and transit? The arguments clearly point that way.

Congrats, Interactive Intelligence, For Becoming #1 in Unified Communications

January 13, 2009

It couldn't happen to a nicer, more deserving, and innovative firm. Interactive Intelligence has been rated, according to Datamonitor, the top unified communications (UC) vendor by North American contact centers who chose it as the one "they most trust to deliver a UC solution."

The Key Obstacle to Telework Is In The Mirror

January 12, 2009

So what is preventing what should be an even faster shift to telework? And why are outfits still opening formal contact centers which in this tough climate they may be forced to close anyway? The answer lies in the mirrors of especially mid-managers and executives. These are the individuals who feel they must 'see' people or know that they can 'see' their charges to be 'assured' that they are working.

The 4-1-1 on Cell/IP 9-1-1

January 8, 2009

The federal governments in both countries have been clearly at fault by being asleep at the switch, Canada longer than the Americans, more worrying about who is to pay than in getting on with the jobs of preventing needless suffering. They should therefore treat 9-1-1 with the priority, respect, and financing, including of enabling technologies that it deserves.
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