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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

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

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

What are the hottest topics in Silicon Valley?

July 12, 2011

What's the hottest topic in technology today? If your business is located in Silicon Valley, however you answered the question, TMC wants to know next week at the San Jose Marriott.

New and Improved Quick View from Cablevision? Not so Much.

July 2, 2011

Cablevision has certainly tried to create an easy way to personalize viewers' experiences with Quick View - a must considering the alternative options for video content delivery, including several online sources that continue to increase in popularity. But, it's not a feature I will be using much, at least not until they make Quick View an enjoyable experience.

Got In-flight WiFi? Hipmunk Knows

June 29, 2011

For the mileage whores out there - those who stick to the one or two airlines with which they have accumulated massive points or miles - there is little recourse, though they do gain the benefits of flight awards and elite status. But, for those who are more flexible with their choice of airlines, there's an easy way to choose you airlines, thanks to Hipmunk.

Why Your Business Must Form a Social Media Strategy Today

June 27, 2011

Social media has become an almost unstoppable presence for a number of reasons - the same reason businesses must give it an ear - and a mouth. It's a binding phenomenon, often brining users with like interests together, ignorant of geography and technology. People engage in social media (just look at the numbers). It crosses the social barriers traditional advertising have often struggled to overcome, relying on interpersonal relationships to create links. It's simple, quick, and cost-effective. It's measurable - with the right technology businesses can easily determine the effectiveness of their social media efforts.

Tweeting Isn't Just for Birds

May 24, 2011

One hundred and forty characters. One tweet. Such a small space, yet one that has become powerful beyond its size. What can you accomplish in just a few words?

Sports Illustrated iPad Version a Winner (Finally)

May 20, 2011

SI started off on the wrong foot, adopting an all-paid model initially, but now that it has stepped back from that approach, it has brought a rich, electronic experience to its subscribers - on that other publications would do well to emulate.

What You Need to Know About HTML5

May 19, 2011

To provide an ongoing forum for discussing HTML5 applications as they materialize - and the technology behind them - Joe Mazzeo, founder of the Crossfire Group, has started a new HTML5 blog. "This blog is dedicated to those seekers with a passion to actually read and learn about those technologies that will bring the future of the Web to fruition and radically alter our lives," writes Mazzeo.

Will Sony's Playstation Network Intrusion Give New Life to Game Discs?

May 5, 2011

Ultimately, while Sony will suffer from the breach of its network, the bigger hit will be on the gaming industry as a whole. Consumers won't quickly forget this incident and will be reluctant to return very quickly to downloading games. Looks like it's time to increase production of game discs once again.

To Read or Not to Read (on Your iPad)

May 4, 2011

A recent study by Simba Information suggests that 40 percent of iPad owners do not read e-books on their iPads. Should we be surprised? I think not, but Michael Norris, senior analyst and author of the report, says, "A lot of people equate the sale of a new gadget with the creation of a new reader, and it just doesn't happen."

Need an Education in Video? Business Video Expo West 2011 is Your Experience

May 3, 2011

TMC and Interactive Media Strategies have just announced the program for the second Business Video Expo, which will be collocated with ITEXPO West, September 13-15, 2011.