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Access is Still Pretty Good

At all the shows, it is cloud this and cloud that - a bunch of doom and gloom on legacy telecom....

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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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It’s Showtime in Miami Beach with ITEXPO, 4GWE et. al,

January 30, 2011

It’s not lunacy to work on Super WiFi

January 27, 2011

Open Letter to Congress (and Anyone Else)

January 27, 2011

Dear Senator/Congressman

As you are aware the role of the FCC and the goal of providing a National Broadband Policy is very much in question and requires you guidance.  We believe the old models need to be rethought and we have addressed the discussion in something we call Regulatory 2.0.  http://4g-wirelessevolution.tmcnet.com/conference/east-11/regu.aspx

The Blue Bulb of Facebook.

January 4, 2011

Who You Calling "Droid"

January 3, 2011

This week the eyes of the wireless world turn to CES to see what will be in hands and hearts for the next 6 months.  Of course we will also keep and eye on Cupertino.  However,  The Wall Street Journal has pointed out that Verizon is going to have an LTE phone announcement in Las Vegas this week (see http://on.wsj.com/f6tk69 ) As technologists we will be curious to see if this is UTRAN / VoLTE or something else.

I suspect it will keep the volce separate. 

As a Friend let me help your on your way to the IPO.

December 30, 2010

The Macro Vision of Meta Message is that It takes more than Broadcasting to Catch the Eye

December 28, 2010

Shameless Promotion When it Comes to White Space

December 28, 2010

FCC Chairman Genachowski called the opening of TV White Space as SuperWiFI.

We are the first to do a spot check on whether the superWiFi is just around the corner or too hard to implement.

You can see the event here http://bit.ly/fZoxVt  but coming to the event is probably the smartest move you can make.  If you think about WiFI it started with a small amount of spectrum.

Until Women Had Faces

December 27, 2010

If You Thought Defining Obscenity was tough Lets Talk about Wireless Security.

December 27, 2010

“I know it when I see it” is the famous quote of Justice Potter Stewart about obscenity,  But when it comes to Security it’s what you don’t see that can kill you.

It’s nice in the movies that the bomb always has an LED to tick away at the clock and blue and red cables to give you a fifty – fifty choice.

The big question we have to face in the future is how much choice do we really have? That is the point, IMHO, of Commerce Department General Council Cameron Kerry’s discussion with the Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/elSIHC about establishing a privacy office.