Carl Ford : 4G: For Generations to Come
Carl Ford

Buck the Trend Be Cool at Convergence India and ITEXPO East January 2016

Investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, early adopters and evangelists want to be a part of every best thing, and much of that is coming...

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What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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What Would an IoT Service Provider Even Do?

Service providers are eager to jump on the IoT train because of the vast opportunities. But what kind of service would they even provide?

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Is Your Business Ready?

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Delivering successful change programs is a significant challenge. Undertaking a Readiness Assessment speeds the launch of new IP services, reduces risks and aligns corporate objectives with your program.

The Challenge of Change…a true story

So your company is planning an all IP network. The CTO is delivering technology roadmaps, the COO is assessing the service portals, and network designers have been architecting for eight months. The program is well underway and people are now starting to plan the migration.

So, you start to scope out the effort required to deliver migration and calculate that it requires hundreds of resources to manage a switchover. You approach engineering to secure the resources, and are informed HR is managing a release program, remunerating engineers to leave the company. The same engineers that you need to deliver your program!

Sound familiar?

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Stanislovaitis Kickstarter Campaign Proves VoIP is Not Dead

VoIP is dead? We think not because it plays an integral part in effective unified communications, Internet of things and more. Plus,...

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Sprint Executives Resign From Clearwire Board Due to Anti-Trust Laws

October 5, 2010

The three Sprint (S) executives that were residing on the Clearwire(CLWR) board have resigned, leading many to question the stability of the company. Sprint, owning 54%, is the majority shareholder of Clearwire. With three empty seats on the board and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse available to perhaps sit on another board, have more investment options been opened for both Sprint and Clearwire?

At face value, the reasoning for Sprint's resignation from the board is sound.

LA the Other California

October 3, 2010

We have arrived in LA and the difference between movies and computers is an interesting one.  Content may be king in LA but apps are the story after Mobilize.

It's fitting that we are producing our version of the blend with 4G Wireless Evolution Television.  We are following our friend Bob Bowman's, CEO of, advice and charging for it because we have real costs. 

You pay $1.00 for iTunes, so why not $20.00 for 20 hours of hearing the artists that make the technology that delivers the iTunes.

Here in LA Mobile Video is about entertainment, in Northern California the Mobilze story was the over the top folks.  During App Time we have Ramu Sunkara founder of QiK speaking with friends who do telecollaboration.

While segmenting the market always makes sense, the consumer has a problem understanding why broadcast quality can be delivered for free on the Internet, and Telecollaboration costs so much.

Another dimension comes from the posting on social networks of people's personal video and likes from various (sometimes pirated) places.

In the end it may be that these markets have to find some blending.  A video water cooler that allows point to point and commentary, entertainment and conversation. 

I am looking forward to experimenting, learning and generally entertained by the conversations we are having while we are here.  I expect I am

Tags: 4GWE, AppTime, Bob Bowman, Gigaom, iTunes, MLB, Mobile Video, Mobilize, QiK, Ramu Sunkara, Telecollaboration

Streaming (& Archiving) 4GWE.

October 2, 2010

The last three years have been pretty amazing.  Thanks to Apple's iPhone we finally got to see what its like to have "full" access to the Internet.  The iPhone shifted everyone's strategies, and where LTE looked like it would be slow to develop we now have initial implementations in scattered areas around the world.

However, this is no longer about the transport; it's about the application demand.  Having verified the insatiable appetite the carriers are now racing to find ways to expand the coverage and recover the cost.

The question is can Wireless have parity with the customer's Internet experience at home and at work. 

While many will tell you that the Web is dead, the reality is the Internet evolves.  From a research project, to a modem extended email system, to the web , to music, to movies and now to mobile.

There is Something about a Tablet

September 30, 2010

Rich Tehrani was sitting with his wife and kids and his IPad at the lunch table.

The discussion turned to why the IPad was acceptable at the lunch table while a laptop would not be.

Here at Mobilize I am hearing the same thing from Nicolas Negroponte voice the same opinion about tablets.

Tablets can become part of the social experience acceptable as part of our culture?

Tags: Apple, Gigaom, iPad, Marvel, mobilize, Nicolas Negronte, Rich Tehrani, tablets

Is Clearwire on the Market

September 30, 2010

According the Wall Street Journal Dan Hesse the CEO of Sprint and two other execs have resigned from the board of Clearwire.

This indicates some interesting issues as to why now.  Sprint owns 54% of Clearwire, but it does not have board control.  So why is AntiTrust an issue Now. 

If you want to look for a likely suitor,  Who would you vote for? T-Mobile, One of Cable companies?  Google?  Could it be that Sprint wants to bring all of the Clearwire back into the fold?  Or does it suggest a split in the unified network strategy?

Tags: Clearwire, Comcast, Dan Hesse, Google, Sprint

Over the Top - Money

September 30, 2010

Who cares if you carriers billing system is working right? when you have all these options to pay from the web.  Once again the mobile Internet is really just the Internet. 

Watching a panel of companies at Gigaom's Mobilize of companies successful in mobile payments.  But it is all over the top. 

The companies include Boku, Groupe Hi-Media, Mastercard, Paypal, Zong

Interesting Geoff of Mastercard, has not brought up Smart Cards.

Tags: Boku, Gigaom, Groupe Hi-Media, JP Finnel, Mastercard, Mobilize, Paypal, Zong

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BOF: The New 4G: the FCC decision and use of White Spaces

September 30, 2010

On one of the mail lists I participate in the conversation has been intriguing about what technology is the right technology for TV White Space.  WiMAX, WiFi and LTE advocates which can normally find detante' showing different ecosystems.  The opportunity with White Space represents a different kind of opportunity, because it is unlicensed Spectrum.

On Wednesday at the Conference we are running a BOF about the White Space where we look at it not from the technology alone but from the business model.

Does the concept of a service provider matter, or will we get a wider ability to mesh as end users? 

Where and When should we expect solutions in the market place? 

You can join us remotely by clicking here

Barlow Keener will moderate. 

Jack Unger
President of Ask-Wi.Com, Inc.

Jack Unger founded the company in 1993 after working for 14 years in the Silicon Valley telecom industry for ROLM, IBM, Siemens and NEC. has been serving the broadband wireless community for the past 17 years. Mr. Unger deployed one of the world's first wireless ISPs (WISPs) in Silicon Valley 1995. He has personally has trained over 3500 wireless personnel and he wrote the first handbook for the WISP industry, "Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks", which was published by Cisco Press in 2003.

Making Smartphone Users Smarter

September 23, 2010

Missing the Point on e911

September 23, 2010

The Commission is rearranging the deck chairs on e911.

First of all to their credit they want to improve accuracy of wireless services.  According the Chairman Genachowski over 50% of the e911 calls need better details.

Then came examples of suggestions for people to tell the dispatcher.  What Floor you are on, what are nearby landmarks.  All good stuff except they have little to do with the GPS system.

On the other hand, pictures using MMS, or email would be useful.

Oh Wait!  The dispatcher does not have capabilities for these things.

It would be nice if more emphasis was placed on fixing the government's side of the connection and upgrading it rather than putting pressure on the private sector to deliver more details.

Worse, solutions such as VoIP they force fit the old rules upon.  It makes me wonder if the commission had been around at the beginning of POTS would it have required an integration to the telegraph.  After all at the time it was the central point for all communication.

The sad reality is that we could build a better 911 application on Android than any dispatcher can get from the current system.  Anyone up for the challenge? 

Tags: 4G, e911, Email, FCC, Genachowski, WIreless

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A New Series of Posts

August 21, 2010

We are getting close to 4GWE and I am off to LA next week for other reasons, so I am looking forward to scoping out the place in advance.  I am trying to minimize my impact on the time, buy allowing staging the intros.  While doing that, I decided to try something different.

Tell me what you thing of my Better Know A Session Series?

Steve Colbert, used to do "Better Know a District" This is my version.

And this session on Wednesday is 4G Synergies in Silicon by Mindspeed's CEO Raouf Halim.

Mindspeed has been part of the community that serves the VoIP and wireless world, so it's logical that as they look at the expansion of the wireless Internet, Mindspeed brings an understanding of concerns around over the top and wireless backhaul service delivery.

Why do they call the session Synergies is the question I have on my mind.  From the perspective of Mindspeed is the silicon stable for both LTE and WiMAX?  Are the deployments in the handset impacting the evolved packet core, or are we actually seeing a d├ętente that allows the Wireless Internet at the core to be just as interoperable as the Internet Backbone is on fiber?  In other words is the backhaul network still an access network or is it closer to the Internet Backbone?

Those are the questions on my mind, but the more important question is probably in your mind. So join us at 4GWE so you can ask it and be part of the event.

Tags: 3G, 3G/4G, 4G, 4GWE, LA, Los Angeles, Mindspeed, OTT, Over the Top, Raouf Halim, Silicon, Steve Colbert, VoIP, WIreless Backhaul

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