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How to Get AT&T to Fund Your IoT Idea

IoT and M2M developers - here is some exciting news.It Isn't that often that you can develop something for what is supposed...

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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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M&A's, Internationalization and Balkanized Spectrum

June 18, 2013

Today's Wall Street Journal has a field day of activity from Clearwire's  new found respect, Verizon Wireless invading Canada and Liberty Media looking to acquire Kabel Deutschland.

Add this to the T-Mobile / MetroPCS / DT activity and the confusing life of Sprint / Softbank / Dish Networks and you have a whirlpool of competition.

So what is the lesson here?

I think this a story about markets and monies as opposed to synergies.

On the market side with the reality is that there will be little synergies in these mergers.  Technology, management and spectrum allocations will stay in place.  However, the US market seems to be ripe for a stronger number three.

For Liberty Media and for Verizon the issue is saturation.  Growth 
On the money side, with the Fed suggesting tapering is coming, the cheap money window is closing.  










Ho Hum, iOS7 is Here

June 11, 2013

The problem with Software as a Cult is when the cult leader passes, the clothes of the emperor don't fit the other team members well.

It's not that Steve was everything to the company.  It was that he had a loyal following.

Nothing in what Apple is doing is bad right now.  And in fact they are doing a great continuance while updating the style and giving people more freedom.

However,  the wow of wireless computing is now past the hype stage and those who lived for the earth moving of Steve's announcements are having to cope with the reality of choice.

Wall Street has loved and hated Apple in huge cycles.  While Apple has been pretty consistent.  







Are the New Times are Better: WebRTC vs. VoIP?

June 6, 2013

The New Times are Better: WebRTC vs. VoI

June 6, 2013

If you have been with me in at past events, you know that things have a tendency to go in cycles  And go knows I have seen a lot of cycles.  I can remember listening to the father of analog switching telling me that digital was overrated.  I can remember my own ATM bigotry as I would talk about differentiated services which no one had truly developed, while the Internet stole the show.  I remember QoS VoIP debates that treated the session like a call and fundamentally did not see the amazing results possible with Best Effort.

Google Smoogle, MSFT offers B&N $1B for Nook

May 9, 2013

You can't make this stuff up, but I am not sure how valid this rumor is given that it seems to have disappeared from Techcrunch.  It was reported that Microsoft wanted to buy into Nook from Barnes and Noble for $1B.

The interesting thing is after discussing the problems B&N had in getting apps onto their devices to the point that they punted to Google Play.

However, now we hear that Microsoft would rather have Nook join the bandwagon of Windows8 then Google Play.  

This has a lot of interesting aspects to consider.

Does Microsoft expect the Nook to migrate to Windows8?

Does the Nook have enough power to manage Window8 and what is the  implication for existing applications?

Or does Microsoft see a bigger app store play that is universal?

More should be revealed in the next few weeks if the rumor is confirmed until then it brings home the problem of penetrating the app market.

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Axeda Connexion13

May 7, 2013

You can tell M2M is coming of age at Axeda's Connexion13  The Music blaring in synch with the video splashing.  The feel good sense that you are part of something bigger.  Axeda is making the point that this is about the Machine Cloud.

Todd DeSisto, President, Axeda Corporation.  Four days of case studies focused on Remote Services, Business Process, Process Efficiency and Optimization.

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Should Vodafone Let Go of Verizon Wireless?

May 3, 2013

Let's get serious about where we are today.  The Fed has made cheap money available everywhere and its going to lead to more Mergers and Acquisitions.  

From Verizon's perspective there is never a better time to engage Vodafone in talks about buying back their interest.

However, in Vodafone's case there are few investments as beneficial as Verizon Wireless.  In fact, it would hard to imagine that the deal code be sweet enough to not overcome the concern of not having a US partner.

As we look at Softbank's efforts to finalize their buy into Sprint, and DT trying to leverage MetroPCS to fortify T-Mobile, it becomes hard to figure out where alliances will take companies.

Softbank has long been a partner to Verizon Wireless and if Vodafone is to go its separate ways as well, it indicates a very US centric view for VZW.  







Optical Investments and ROI

March 13, 2013

My One New Year’s Resolution – Be Prolific

January 1, 2013

Spontaneous Combustion:The Realities Not the Myth of LIthium Batteries

January 1, 2013

Today's Wall Street Journal has an article associated with the problem shipping lithium batteries.  This is a serious problem.  It turns out that there have been several problems with lithium batteries burning up in both passengers hand bags and as shipped goods.  In the shipped goods case it has been particularly problematic to the point where some are asking for tighter regulation.

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