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Why Android Sucks: Part 2

Earlier this month in a piece titled Why Android Sucks you learned that Dell decided to stop updating Android devices. The article...

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2016 State of WebRTC

Where are we really with WebRTC?  It’s not generating the buzz it used to. There are not many specialized conferences anymore.  Even...

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What It Means to Master an Agency

After rumors swirled at CP Expo in Vegas in March, the announcement is finally here: Sandler Partners is acquiring X4. This...

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Why You?

This was another Me-too week in press releases. It was ILEC SD-WAN week with announcements from AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon. It...

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Zang to Grow Communications PaaS offerings at All About the API

Here at the All About the API 2016 show in Las Vegas I got a chance to catch up with keynoter Davide...

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PlumUC Pipes in on Skype4B for Partners

On Microcorp's weekly agent call, the first topic was the Office365 opportunity for channel partners. (One slide from that call shows...

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Business Continuity is a Conversation

I think about Business Continuity all the time. In the past two months, my cable service has gone out 3 times...

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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 http://www.zipdx.com/event/ws6oct2010.php.








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. Ask-Wi.com 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





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