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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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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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SIPNOC Agenda Announced to Drive SIP Awareness

April 7, 2011

The SIP Forum has announced the official agenda for SIPNOC 11, which will be held at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, VA, April 25-27, and will be keynoted by FCC Chief Technologist Dr. Douglas C. Sicker.

Customer Satisfaction is all About Access to the Right Information

April 6, 2011

Customer satisfaction is a pretty simple game - and it really is a game, if you consider the company in any particular industry that scores higher in customer sat wins the market.

Can Skype Bring Back the Phone Booth?

March 31, 2011

Thanks to the popularity of Skype, we may be witnessing the rebirth of the phone booth, thanks to an initiative driven by Enterprise Estonia. As part of its mission to drive innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in the Baltic nation, Enterprise Estonia commissioned a standalone Skype station, which has been installed at Tallinn's airport.

What Service Providers Need to Know About SIP Trunking

February 2, 2011

Ingate kicked off its SIP Trunk-Unified Communications Summit, again collocated with ITEXPO, with a new feature - a service provider focused day.

ITEXPO Conference Sessions Kick Off

February 2, 2011

Addressing the needs of the millennial generation... ITEXPO East 2010 addresses the latest technologies and their impact on your business.

Interactive Intelligence's Enterprise Cloud Comms Panel at ITEXPO

February 1, 2011

Rich Tehrani leads the panel discussion on Cloud Communications in the enterprise at a pre-ITEXPO event sponsored by Interactive Intelligence.

Broadvox and Ingate: SIP is Here to Stay

February 1, 2011

To find out more, including how to overcome these obstacles, and also how to effectively deploy SIP Trunks, visit Broadvox (booth 606) on the ITEXPO show floor this week, and stop by Ingate's SIP Trunk-Unified Communications Summit, going on all week at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Time to Trade in Plastic Campaign Signage for Social Media

November 2, 2010

The point - independent of any political views, as these unsightly displays of fiscal and environmental indifference are hardly limited to any single party - is that in today's age of electronic engagement and social media, this old fashioned strategy should have already become a historical phenomenon.

Asterisk Popularity Rises in Latin America

October 26, 2010

More specifically, he suggests that Asterisks' flexibility - and all the things that Asterisk can "be" allow telecom providers like 2N to introduce new services to their existing customers.

AstriCon 2010 Kicks Off with SRO Crowd

October 26, 2010

Today, I'm back at the venue as AstriCon 2010 kicks off, with a standing room only crowd at the opening session, Asterisk 1-2-3, where Jared Smith, Fedora project leader at Red Hat, began with a discussion of all the things Asterisk is, including a product for carriers and service providers.