“I know it when I see it” is the famous quote of Justice Potter Stewart about obscenity,  But when it comes to Security it’s what you don’t see that can kill you.

It’s nice in the movies that the bomb always has an LED to tick away at the clock and blue and red cables to give you a fifty – fifty choice.

The big question we have to face in the future is how much choice do we really have? That is the point, IMHO, of Commerce Department General Council Cameron Kerry’s discussion with the Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/elSIHC about establishing a privacy office. 

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Over The Top ViDEO WINS...

December 20, 2010 5:35 PM
It may be that usage based services are just to hard to implement and the carriers are going to face increasing demand for over the top Video.  With the sale of the 700 MHz spectrum to ATT by Qualcomm the MediaFlo solution has departed, but the data demand includes over 20% for Video on demand services.

ATT intends to use the spectrum for carrier aggregation.  Carrier Aggregation is a strategy that allows the mixing of traffic between HSPA and LTE. 

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Today's WSJ has an interesting article"":http://http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704444304575628610624607130.html?mod=WSJ_Tech_LEADTop about the use of cookies.

As someone who used to build VoIP services, I want to speak in praise of cookies and particularly their use for stateful things like Presence and Call Control.

When I worked on the first class 5 softswitch, we made a bad decision that was based on keeping state of a call on the network. My SOB friend from Harvard filled me in on his advice for the rest of the community that came to late to save me.

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Welcome, LightSquared, to the circus that is the current stage for 4G developments. To your left you can see Clearwire, the star of this performance so far, but that's subject to change should a more talented star comes along. One, for example, that would be capable of handling all of Clearwire’s issues with grace. One such company that will be able to exceed the current standard minimums that the present leading 4G providers are barely even managing to accomplish.

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Welcome, LightSquared, to the circus that is the current stage for 4G developments. To your left you can see Clearwire, the star of this performance so far, but that's subject to change should a more talented star comes along. One, for example, that would be capable of handling all of Clearwire’s issues with grace. One such company that will be able to exceed the current standard minimums that the present leading 4G providers are barely even managing to accomplish.

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Ceragon got MCel's Backhaul

November 4, 2010 3:27 PM

In a few weeks,  I am running a webinar with Ceragon.

I received a press release from our friends at Ceragon, that mentioned the following...Ceragon Networks Signs Multi-Million Dollar Contract with mcel.  Largest Mobile Operator in Mozambique to Install 1000 km Microwave Backbone Network

 

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Catching the Corner of My Eye!

November 1, 2010 10:37 AM

-       We as an Industry are consolidating Profitablly.

Sparked by the ViVo acquistion efforts in Brazil the Headlines today are from the WSJ about Telefonica and their expansion.  We are friendly with many of their company employees from O2 in Europe and Movistar in Latin America.  The article's quote César Alierta, CEO of Telefonica is very true to our experience of key personnel in these companies representing the management of capital and brand.

"The key factor for Telefónica to do anything is: first, human resources. Second, money," he explains.

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 Clearwire's 4G WiMAX technology is spreading faster than a cold in a day care center. Within the recent months coverage has increased by over fifty percent. Already laying claim to 74 markets in the United States, Clearwire is championing the 4G technology realm with gusto. These 74 markets span across the entire country in 25 different states. Continue Reading...

Sprint Displays Some Benevolent Behavior

October 18, 2010 10:19 AM

A big player in both the cell carrier and wireless broadband arenas, Sprint has been doing assorted charity work in some of the more vital U.S. markets. In the past week alone, two press releases have been issued regarding Sprint's philanthropy. If analyzed acutely, there may be some clues in the patterns of Sprint's contributions to local charities.


In the last couple of days Sprint has made charitable donations in Atlanta and Chicago, to help remedy the technological deficiencies specific to each community.

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The three Sprint (S) executives that were residing on the Clearwire(CLWR) board have resigned, leading many to question the stability of the company. Sprint, owning 54%, is the majority shareholder of Clearwire. With three empty seats on the board and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse available to perhaps sit on another board, have more investment options been opened for both Sprint and Clearwire?

At face value, the reasoning for Sprint's resignation from the board is sound.

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LA the Other California

October 3, 2010 1:49 PM
We have arrived in LA and the difference between movies and computers is an interesting one.  Content may be king in LA but apps are the story after Mobilize.

It's fitting that we are producing our version of the blend with 4G Wireless Evolution Television.  We are following our friend Bob Bowman's, CEO of MLB.com, advice and charging for it because we have real costs. 

You pay $1.00 for iTunes, so why not $20.00 for 20 hours of hearing the artists that make the technology that delivers the iTunes.

Here in LA Mobile Video is about entertainment, in Northern California the Mobilze story was the over the top folks.  During App Time we have Ramu Sunkara founder of QiK speaking with friends who do telecollaboration.

While segmenting the market always makes sense, the consumer has a problem understanding why broadcast quality can be delivered for free on the Internet, and Telecollaboration costs so much.

Another dimension comes from the posting on social networks of people's personal video and likes from various (sometimes pirated) places.

In the end it may be that these markets have to find some blending.  A video water cooler that allows point to point and commentary, entertainment and conversation. 

I am looking forward to experimenting, learning and generally entertained by the conversations we are having while we are here.  I expect I am

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Streaming (& Archiving) 4GWE.

October 2, 2010 12:21 PM

The last three years have been pretty amazing.  Thanks to Apple's iPhone we finally got to see what its like to have "full" access to the Internet.  The iPhone shifted everyone's strategies, and where LTE looked like it would be slow to develop we now have initial implementations in scattered areas around the world.

However, this is no longer about the transport; it's about the application demand.  Having verified the insatiable appetite the carriers are now racing to find ways to expand the coverage and recover the cost.

The question is can Wireless have parity with the customer's Internet experience at home and at work. 

While many will tell you that the Web is dead, the reality is the Internet evolves.  From a research project, to a modem extended email system, to the web , to music, to movies and now to mobile.

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There is Something about a Tablet

September 30, 2010 2:31 PM
Rich Tehrani was sitting with his wife and kids and his IPad at the lunch table.

The discussion turned to why the IPad was acceptable at the lunch table while a laptop would not be.

Here at Mobilize I am hearing the same thing from Nicolas Negroponte voice the same opinion about tablets.

Tablets can become part of the social experience acceptable as part of our culture?

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Is Clearwire on the Market

September 30, 2010 1:31 PM
According the Wall Street Journal Dan Hesse the CEO of Sprint and two other execs have resigned from the board of Clearwire.

This indicates some interesting issues as to why now.  Sprint owns 54% of Clearwire, but it does not have board control.  So why is AntiTrust an issue Now. 

If you want to look for a likely suitor,  Who would you vote for? T-Mobile, One of Cable companies?  Google?  Could it be that Sprint wants to bring all of the Clearwire back into the fold?  Or does it suggest a split in the unified network strategy?

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Over the Top - Money

September 30, 2010 11:53 AM
Who cares if you carriers billing system is working right? when you have all these options to pay from the web.  Once again the mobile Internet is really just the Internet. 

Watching a panel of companies at Gigaom's Mobilize of companies successful in mobile payments.  But it is all over the top. 

The companies include Boku, Groupe Hi-Media, Mastercard, Paypal, Zong

Interesting Geoff of Mastercard, has not brought up Smart Cards.

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