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Are You Managing Hours or Outcomes?

Another consultant is having a trying experience with a client. The client wants to see the consultant in the office more,...

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Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our...

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ORBCOMM Looks to Become Complete IoT Solutions Service Provider

One of the topics discussed often among communications service providers is whether they want to be relegated to dumb pipes or they...

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Your Phone Just Ate Your Car Key

Are you ready for your new digital future? It’s a great question to ask as the role your mobile phone plays in...

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Doing Business in a Busy, Blurred Environment

Logging on to LinkedIn these days, I have to remind myself that it is in fact LI and not Facebook. The...

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Wireless Carriers Racing to the Bottom

It had to happen eventually - a price war is taking its toll on telecom equipment providers because their customers won't spend...

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SS7 Staying Power

Back in April, I wrote a blog about LTE subscription growth and ended that blog with “by the end of 2020, half of all...

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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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Copyright 4G Wireless Evolution

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 détente 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


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.

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.