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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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4GWE October 4-6 in LA.

August 21, 2010

I am convinced that if you patent you don't blog and as I look to clean up a couple of patents, I am leary of writing anything.  But I decided to try experimenting with GoldMail.

Tell me what you think.

Tags: 3G, 4G, 4GWE, CEO, GoldMail, Mindspeed, Over the Top, Raouf Halim, Silicon, VoIP, Wireless Backhaul



Net Neutrality - Careful what you ask for!

August 13, 2010

Clearwire Saved by LTE? Its not the Technology its the Spectrum.

August 9, 2010

Refering to the Forbes article.  reference http://bit.ly/cuB6Bb.

Andrew,  

Respectfully you are missing the point.  WiMAX and LTE are both connected to the WiFi standards.  The migration to these technologies is an admission by the wireless carriers that they have to be better at delivering the Internet.

The Internet motivates all of the 4G decisions being made by Apple, ATT, Cablevision, Clearwire, Comcast, Google, etc.

The spectrum asset is the "Clear" value of Clearwire.  As the use of Wireless broadband increases the concept of a phone will become less and less relevant. 

The WiMAX standard is already completed its IMT 2000 compliance meaning it is in lying in wait for the LTE - Advanced to catch up.

Clearwire can support the end points of dungles with superior service for the next few years and still be ahead of LTE roll outs.

Additionally, your point about standards ignores the fact that LTE interoperability is more than a year away.

So we have a window of opportunity for the WiMAX to work and a migration plan for when LTE catches up. 

To me means the future is strong for CLWR.

If you want to hear more join me at my event at 4GWE.  http://bit.ly/aHnwbs
 

Tags: andrew seybold, Apple, Att, Cablevision, CLWR, Comcast, forbes, Google, Intel, LTE, LTE Advanced, Verizon, WiMAX

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Pole Attachments 101: Even for Wireless we need them

July 27, 2010

Aug 3rd Audio Conference 12 EST 9AM PST

 

"Pole Attachments" have different meanings each section of the telecommunications, cable, wireless, and broadband industries. Some consider the topic boring and unimportant. But the FCC does not see it that way and neither do the grant winners of hundreds of millions of dollars for NTIA funding to build fiber optic facilities across rural and urban America. These grant winners have two to three year deadlines for spending the funding and completing the projects.

IP Multimedia

July 27, 2010

Speedtest Anecdotes in San Jose

July 13, 2010

Erik Linask on his VZW dongle with a Cradlepoint and I with my Sprint EVO are supporting  the briefings today in San Jose.

So we used the Speakeasy Speedtest to see how we are doing

I am doing better consistently, but I am not blowing him away hes 2M down 400K up and I am 3.1M down and just shy of 1M up .  We are close to MAE West and I am wondering if the NAP is hitting a limit on the far end sites.

I will do a Traceroute later.

Stay Tuned

Tags: Cradle Point, Speakeasy, Sprint EVO, Verizon Wireless

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The Opportunity Gap: New Spectrum Same Problem

June 28, 2010

The Wireless world is expanding in traffic and spectrum now that President Obama is looking to open up spectrum. 

Regardless of what the policy is from the White House the need for data services on mobile solutions is expanding and the need to support these solutions is requiring the carriers to become more efficient.

The use of multicore systems is part of the mainstay of development by the silicon companies that are at the heart of the 4G evolution.  These systems can impact the can increase the ability to deliver new services which can be used to increase the average revenue per unit. 

If you are specifying the future here is where you should start.

What Attendees will learn:
Join Wind River for an informative session on the role network acceleration solutions play in increasing the overall intelligence in the network. In this web seminar we'll discuss the advancements in embedded software for multi-core technologies and how it is enabling network elements to make intelligent packet processing decisions related to traffic management, security, and content handling.

Who should attend:
  • Network equipment providers
  • Telecom equipment manufacturers
  • Service providers
  • Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) board vendors Speakers:
Mark Guinther
Product Line Manager Wind River

Mark Guinther is a Product Line Manager for Networking Technologies at Wind River. He has over twenty years of experience in the data/ voice/wireless networking industry including management positions at Alcatel and FORE Systems.


















4G is in the Stars: Satelite to Terresterial

June 11, 2010

As LTE networks begin the testing phase, one mobile phone competitor, SkyTerra Communication, is planning to build a nationwide wholesale mobile network using a combination of Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) and an ATC (ancillary terrestrial component) network to deliver 4G mobile capability. 

 

I plan to bring in three industry visionaries to discuss this bold and very interesting strategy. The discussion, in the form of an audiocast, will take place on June 15th at 11:00 a.m.

Not the Usual Suspects: The Road Block Ahead Audiocast

May 10, 2010

Audiocast: Come join the Conference Call

The Roadblock Ahead:  FCC vs. Comcast  What's Next.
    May 25, 2010 From 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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Abstract:  As the US looks to redefine its National Broadband Policy the FCC finds itself be questioned about its authority.  Access and Over the Top services are both desired in the future
markets, but the role of the FCC is now in question.
    -  Does the FCC have jurisdiction to manage the interaction between access and applications?  
    - How much of the old rules can be applied when the model is no longer based on carrier interaction but theinternetworking that goes beyond the distance the of a single provider?
    - What concerns do applications and services like peer to Peer have about the control by access providers?  
    - Should the rules be the same regardless of wireline and wireless?

To Participate email me.  Carl Ford  cford@4gwe.com


Glenn S. Richards  Partner Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Glenn is a partner in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's communications group.  He represents VoIP providers, wireline and wireless communications carriers, satellite companies, equipment manufacturers and large users of telecommunications services in transactional and litigation matters, and in regulatory matters before the FCC, state public utility commissions and international regulatory agencies.
Glenn has been active with the Voice on the Net Coalition since its inception, serving as primary outside counsel from 1997-2006 and Executive Director since September 2009.
He has also served as a member of US delegations for International Telecommunication Union radio conferences, including the 1995 and 1997 World Radiocommunication Conferences, and CITEL conferences in 1992 and 1995.  He has also served on the North American Numbering Council.


Hank Hultquist - Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T
Hank joined AT&T (then SBC) in 2004.  He represents AT&T at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a number of issues including broadband and Internet policy, video and media policy, intercarrier compensation, and universal service.
























Giving Voice to 4G the Carriers Choice

March 11, 2010

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