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HP's March into Simplifying NFV

Arbitrage is one of the great opportunities which presents itself repeatedly in tech. In the nineties, something called international callback allowed am...

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Independence IT, The Multivendor Desktop-as-a-Service Company

The cloud is the answer – what was the question? That seems to be a common tech theme these days and for...

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Tech to Eliminate Fast Food Minimum Wage Workers

The Momentum Machines burger robot robot explainedAs cities around the country are passing laws to ensure minimum wages are increased to a...

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Advancing Texting for the Contact Center

Last week, we explored texting within the contact center realm.  As texting becomes more prevalent in the contact center, there will...

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GENBAND Perspectives 15 Live Blog #GBP15

Welcome to the Perspectives live blog for 2015. A follow up to blogs from 2014, 2013 and 2010.The live blog officially starts...

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Serve Powerful PBX Market in the Cloud via Wave-Tel

Wave-Tel's CTO and Business Development Director explain why offering an IP PBX in the cloud is so attractive to small businesses; therefore,...

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Sponsored Data Charging - Disrupting the Mobile Industry

By: Barbara Sampson, Senior Marketing Manager, Alcatel-Lucent

New Service Provider Revenue Monetization Model

Just as LTE has evolved to be the predominant technology for mobile broadband providers -- generating an average data volume per user of 168% higher than 3G data – so must the traditional charging model change. One charging model growing in popularity is Sponsored Data Charging. 

Sponsored Data Charging enables mobile subscribers to view, stream, and benefit from sponsored content and use applications over the mobile service provider’s network without that data usage coming out of their monthly plan. The data charges that a subscriber would pay for the sponsored content are paid instead by the third-party provider owning the content. Even more importantly, a subscriber can test out certain sponsored applications and features for a short time to determine whether to subscribe, without impacting monthly data-plan limits.

Not only is Sponsored Data Charging built for massive broadband usage from all kinds of connected devices, it also can support emerging technologies such as VoLTE and NFV. Key target industries include advertising, retail, media, entertainment, healthcare, and financial services.

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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.