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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Practical and Smart IMS

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers...

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Saepta Wants to Be the Go to Survey Service

“From the moment you get up in the morning, you start to make decisions and I believe people love to engage through...

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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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