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Mobile fax? Why do you need that?

Fax is an enduring technology. While you may think that fax is declining, some reports show that the market is actually...

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We ask the experts: How can exceptional QoE be achieved in VoLTE networks?

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

What does voice over LTE (VoLTE) offer your subscribers? Better voice quality, including HD voice. Rich communications with messaging and video. And whatever inventive applications you choose to introduce. In other words, VoLTE can provide a superior quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers and give you a competitive edge — particularly when your service operates at its best. 

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In my last blog[CCE1] , our experts explained why an end-to-end strategy is the key to maintaining peak VoLTE performance. Now we’ll look at how this strategy gets put into practice to optimize real-world service offerings. The information here is based on interviews with Luis Venerio who works with our VoLTE Readiness Services team. And his observations come straight from his experience on VoLTE deployments that serve millions of subscribers.

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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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If T-Mobile buys MetroPCS Who Will Take the LEAP?

October 8, 2012

The NY Times puts it very well this is a Turbo IPO for T-Mobile.  It solves a variety of problems for T-Mobile.  As you know they were forced to be left at the altar by the FCC when they try to merge with ATT.

There are people suggesting that Sprint would come in to acquire MetroPCS out from under DT, but I have to think that Sprint has too much on its plate already.

Regrets before the Show

October 2, 2012

When you start planning events you focus on the audience and you think about what needs to be done to provide knowledge transfer about the subject.

For example, In Mobility Tech we are going to be talking about the data explosion, because the network planners are the people we are looking to support.  So we are talking about how to manage, coverage, speeds and feeds (backhaul).  We are also looking at the relation to of apps to the carriers (although most of apps content is in the HTML5 Summit).

The WebRTCbook, Book Review.

October 1, 2012

Before You Buy the iPhone 5 Ask Yourself where is the iPad4

September 14, 2012

Were you excited about September 12th.  Was it nice of Apple to give us a day after 9/11 to look forward to and not feel so of the past.

Then it was disappointing to find it was light faster cheaper but not....

Revolutionary, Remarkable, Redefining, Rejuvenating, etc.

Did HTML5 Fail Facebook or Vice Versa

September 14, 2012

At Disrupt SF Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook, candidly said that HTML5 has not delivered the mobile device market to them like they expected.

Candidly,  I think we need to parse this message carefully and really think about what was said, because the reality is the direction change was more than just a statement about mobile. It was a statement about Facebook as well.

Previously Facebook was looking to use HTML5 as the lingua franca for app interconnection to their platform.  

We Built the M2M Evolution Conference For You!

September 1, 2012

Linkedin Needs Some Curation Advice

August 29, 2012

Is Segmentation Technology Real When it Comes to Video

August 28, 2012

As the Saying goes a $ Billion here, a $ billion there sooner or later we are talking real money.

IDC's latest report does a great job talking about the money side of the equation in talking about the business distinctions are being made, imho, are more business oriented than technology driven.

 

Akamai, KIT Digital, Brightcove and Synacor are all described as being leaders in "their" field so the term becomes the describer of the leader.  

Can Dell and HP Catch up to Microsoft's and Intel's Strategies

August 27, 2012

In case the rock you have been hiding under is not Silicon, the earnings for Dell and HP were dismal.  Reading the Investor's daily article about the latest IDC report on PC shipments shows that we have other issues as well.

First of all, the ultrabook story is not getting the job done yet.  While the move makes the PC more mac like in batter life the environment is still classic PC.

Apple Wins: Can The Game Change

August 25, 2012

It was not even close. 

The jury said yes to almost every single infringement Apple could think of short of the claim of making a tablet rectangular was Steve’s idea.  From Apple’s perspective it could not have a better launching pad for the iPhone5 as Samsung will not be able to ship anything and the rest of the Android community will be leery of being targeted if they launch a marketing campaign.