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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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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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Verizon Wireless HomeFusion PSTN Sunset 10 GB at a time

March 6, 2012

According to the Washington Post today Verizon Wireless is offering an alternative home access service for $60 a month and 30GB service for $120 a month. 

The most important aspect of this service is that it finally breaks the cross elastics that the carriers have been using for their MiFi services.  Embedded in the pricing of the MiFi services was equivalent rate to a T1.  If you did the price analysis it was there in black in white. 

If You Can't Trust your Certs....Tales from GitHub

March 6, 2012

Once again we have discovered that PublicKeys can be thwarted and in this case the victim was GitHub.  Now I have to tell you,  I am constantly asked to run a security event.  And the reality is that I have security training, but no one wants to admit that they need it.  Especially a place that supports open source. 

Is YHOO try to be a Yahooligan with Facebook?

March 5, 2012

So far Scott Thompson has not been catching the stock markets fancy with YHOO.  Perhaps proving that Yahoo! is really a Californian company it has joined all the patent infringement strategies and is bring suit against Facebook.

Ironically the infringements are based on the acquisition of GeoCities years back.  As you know the patent wars have already caused Google to purchase Motorola Mobility and several others to build an arsenal. 

Interestingly we have yet to see Scott Thompson bring to bear a mobile payment strategy which I would have hoped to see at Mobile World Congress. 



Ron Johnson Brings in Apple's Laurie Beja Miller to JCP

March 5, 2012

The Genius Bar was lowered at Apple when Laurie Beja Miller departure to JCPenny.  Ron Johnson the man who Jobs worked with to create the Apple Store experience has brought in Ms Miller to "create a town square" feeling to the department store.

If you have not noticed Ellen Degeneres  doing all these commercials for 'JCP' the rebranded JC Penny, you probably turned off their pre superbowl adds with all the customer's screaming "Noooooo" as the stores posted their after Christmas pricing. 

The bottom line is we are going to get a very fresh look at retailing at JCP and its worthwhile to walk in to see where the changes are taking them.


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Getting your Compass on CSS3

March 2, 2012

Yelp's IPO needs some Review

March 2, 2012

Perhaps we have a bubble again.  Perhaps the community of Yelp Reviewers are betting on their experience rather than the finances.
Yelp as an IPO has the feel of a drug that could get sued over a side effect that happens in almost 100% of all cases.

The Yelp Financials suggest that they are going to bleed cash without a growth strategy to solve their operational woes. 

Something about has made the stock go up today on the first day of trading.

The only thing I can think of is they need to be acquired, but the stock that has been released is not enough to get any trade outs.  So at the end of the day they are either going to be a minnow looking for whales to swallow or happy to be a pilot fish. 






Rule Tata! Tata Rules the (Air) Waves

March 1, 2012

It is inevitable that monies acquired need to find a place to be spent.  In the case of Tata buying Cable and Wireless it's got the benefit of historical irony and today's common sense. 

Cable and Wireless has always been good at milking cash cows.  The company that started as the sealant manufacturer for undersea cables has come along way and has been the incumbent in many places where the British Empire once ruled (including India).

Now Tata is considering buying Cable & Wireless and it makes a lot sense to me given the capabiliities of Tata. 



Does Windows 8 Give us a Short Time View on Intel?

March 1, 2012

We used to refer to them as WINTEL. Microsoft and Intel were connected to each other at the hip.  Servers, Desktops, Laptops all were in their sphere of control. 

Then Came Linus Torvold's contribution to the Unix world and we got a stable open source kernel that stopped the warring factions on Unix and made Linux and LAMP the server side solution. 

Net Neutrality

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Interview with Carol Davids of IIT and the RTC Lab

October 28, 2011