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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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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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Taqua Sets Game Plan for v6.2 of T7000

October 11, 2010

As the third presenter at Taqua's annual user conference, Paul Borel, Director of product management and sales engineering at Taqua, was on hand to provide an in-depth look at the future of the platform behind the success of the Dallas-based company.

The Future Requires Teamwork

October 11, 2010

After Taqua CEO Eric Pratt introduced him as a prime example of a user who has embraced the ideal of user collaboration to enhance the value of the T7000 for everyone, Nsight EVP Rob Riordan had little choice but to take the stage and present a compelling case for following in his company's footsteps.

Taqua User Conference Kicks off in Dallas

October 11, 2010

This morning, as Taqua CEO Eric Pratt kicked off the company's 4th annual user group meeting in Dallas - after treating its participating partners and customers to an exciting football game yesterday (less so for Dallas Cowboys' fans than Tennessee Titans' faithful) - his focus was entirely on ongoing collaboration between Taqua and its users, as well as between users.

World Cup: Picking a Device Easier than Picking a Winner

June 11, 2010

In any case, the power of the World Cup is evident in the host of applications developed to allow fans to track the month-long tournament wherever they are. The second question is the hard part and, to keep up with something of a tradition he had started, I asked our friend, former colleague, and current TMCnet Robotics blogger Greg Galitzine for his predictions.

Will 3D Score with the World Cup on its Side?

June 11, 2010

Back in March at CTIA, James Cameron noted, however, that you can't fight technology. And in this case, he just might be right, at least to a degree, especially when you consider the global impact of the sports world, which is the early target for 3D programming.

AT&T's U-verse: VoIP Providers Can't Afford Mistakes

May 27, 2010

So, by now, you've likely read countless comments about how IP-based telephony is still entirely unreliable. I'm not sure that is an entirely fair assessment. Certainly, AT&T's service reliability can be questioned - especially knowing that only two weeks ago it suffered another outage, though that one overnight, limiting its impact.

Philips' uWand Controller Reinvents the Remote Control Experience

May 14, 2010

Well, that's where the Wii experience comes in. The uWand remote control is actually less remote control than it is Wii controller. It features only three buttons (OK, Home, and Back), and features an accelerometer that enables all other capabilities in conjunction with the OK button.

When Will Network Operators Unleash the Real Power of Content?

May 14, 2010

The same holds for delivering video content to three screens - you need cable operators and wireless carriers to collaborate, and perhaps ISPs as well, depending on the end user's choice of providers.

Joulex: Businesses Only Consume Energy Productively 20% of the Time

May 13, 2010

The typical business is only productively occupied 34 hours per week - about 20 percent of the time. Yet, the other 80 percent of the time, energy consumption doesn't drop much, largely because people (this includes IT staff) don't recognize all the devices that are constantly drawing energy, whether actively used or not.

Polycom Names New CEO - What's Next?

May 10, 2010

Is today's news that Robert Hagerty is stepping down as CEO, president, and chairman of Polycom part of the company's move to the future? It would seem so, based on comments from new chairman David Dewalt, who had been Polycom's lead independent director.