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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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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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Is Skype Mobile the Exception or the Rule?

March 10, 2010

Verizon Wireless and Skype provided a model for the VoIP provider to meet the wireless operator, but the model is probably not how must carriers will meet.

Next week we are running a webinar about Voice over LTE [VoLTE] which is an interoperabilty standard that the carriers are looking to deploy complying with the 3GPP architecture.

While other proposals have been out there, the VoLTE group represents the scale and overall perspective of the GSMA carrier membership.

It's a SIP based solution using the IMS standard, so in the end it may be that only the larger operators are going to interconnect.  However it may be that because of this common platform new services will be available to third parties.

These are the questions that I am looking to get answers to when I attend the webinar March 18th and 11 EDT.

To join us sign up here.

Tags: Acme Packet, CSFB, GSMA, RCS, Skype, Skype Mobile, Verizon Wireless, VoLGA, VoLTE

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Should Intel and Nokia Merge

February 22, 2010

Web envy Google vs. Vodafone

February 17, 2010

At Mobile World Congress Vittiorio Colao the CEO of Vodafone made mention of the fact that regardless of what smart phone your were using over 80% of the time was using Google.

This pointed to the latest love hate the carriers have with Google, but they have a history of not liking any of the computing partners.  Apple got to watch the wholesale app announcement with about half of the 24 carriers being their partners pledging to work with LG, Samsung and Sony to build an app market.

Likewise Microsoft has a long history of trying to bring smarts at a time when the network had little capacity for computing.

However, in these times when wireless broadband is an imperative to the carriers the strategies of come one come all, have proven less than successful.

Its clear that mobile markets are going be more like computing the in years past and the company's success will be based on finding ways to partner without losing brand to the consumer, or without using the brand in the application (as in M2M).

One thing that has not risen to the surface in MWC this week is e-readers.  The group is strangely silent, either because they are retooling after the iPad or because the deals are not that valuable to the carriers. 

Whatever the reason, the computing devices are coming more and more often and it will take more than an app store to catch the consumer's attention.

Tags: App Store, Apple, e-readers, Google, iPad, LG, M2M, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Vittorio Colao, Vodafone













Jim Courtney & Carl Ford Converse about Skype & VZW

February 16, 2010

Mobile World Congress the Musical

February 16, 2010

Skype & Verizon Wireless Discover Metcalfe's LAW

February 16, 2010

Good News!  Verizon Wireless expanded their "on network" to include Skype users.  The solution does a number of things.

1) It highlights the blackberry abilities to keep the application resident.

2) It lets Verizon Wireless customers to connect to their Skype buddies

3) It lets Skype users on their Verizon phone to see presence status in their address book.

4) It lets Skype Out to be used to dial international calls.

This means settlements will be bypassed.

Tags: Skype, Verizon Wireless

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Video is the New Voice - Bob Logan of Dialogic

February 9, 2010

Just in Time For Mobile World Congress

February 9, 2010

Supercomm was cancelled for 2010.  While it would interesting to talk about this from the conference side, I will make the assumption that other people will take that opportunity and try to talk about it from a different perspective.

CES was hoping and the buzz was around various forms of wireless use.  Ford with Sync, Microsoft with KIA, Wireless devices and devices using wireless were all around most of them Internet enabled. 

Mobile World Congress is going on in Barcelona and it's expected to do well next week. 

I want to point out that these events are following the money which is no longer about the network its about the consumers freedom of choice.

As congress and the FCC contend with the legacy of the PSTN the new network is flourishing and its not about wireless its about customer choice.  The wireless world may still have the same issues facing it that their fixed line brothers faced.  Brough Turner points out that over 90% of the packets on any network head for the Internet.

If I were at the FCC I would be ready to advocate that its time to treat all networks as if they were accessing the Internet.  Looking at competition not based on the technology but on the services and the primary services.  Voice, video and data are probably going to converge at some point as well with the over the top (internet) model

Legacy service providers are looking for protection, but government should praise itself for enabling the competitive landscape we are heading for rather than embedding old rules into the new environment.

In these days of government bail outs its hard to see what is the economic downturn versus technological progress.

If the goal of net neutrality is to support the progress, I would contend it's to dynamic a market to codify.  If its to protect the applications from abuses by the legacy networks, I am not sure its needed.  

 






Tags: 4G Wireless, broadcast, CES, FCC, Ford, Government, Internet, KIA, Microsoft, Mobile World Congress, regulation, Supercomm

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How is your Intellectual Digestive System

February 8, 2010

Brough Stops the Show

February 8, 2010

We have been buzzing around the discussion of WiFi that Brough Turner shared with us at the 4GWE. 

Wi-Fi Opportunities In A 4G World View more presentations from Brough Turner.

Suzanne Bowen's
interview is a good commentary to go with the slides. And of course, you can read the man himself

Tags: 4GWE, BelAir, Brough Turner, LTE, Strix, Suzanne Bowen, Tropos, WiFi, WiMAX