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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Practical and Smart IMS

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers...

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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.