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Access is Still Pretty Good

At all the shows, it is cloud this and cloud that - a bunch of doom and gloom on legacy telecom....

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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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Bahrain Pushes for Green Investment

July 20, 2007

  The greening of technology and the move to sustainability is by no means limited to North America and Europe. In fact in a recent blog entry, Rich points out that The Viet Nam Cleaner Production Center and the Swiss government have signed a $5 million contract to establish the Green Credit Trust Fund in Viet Nam. According the announcement:   Switzerland will sponsor the program’s initial development. The fund will be used to grant low interest loans for companies looking to buy modern, environmentally friendly technologies to up production.   Well, add Bahrain to the list of nations making the transition to green.   According to Jean Paul Carteron, chairman and founder of Crans Montana Forum, Bahrain has the financial wherewithal and the political will to become a leading green location by preserving environment and setting a new trend for a sustainable economic and financial developments.   Said Carteron:   “Clean technology is major concern in the world and the strategists view economic development in the perspective of profitable clean environment.”  

The World's Top Sustainable Stocks

July 20, 2007

SustainableBusiness.com announced its 2007 Sustainable Business 20 (SB20) List, which comprises the World’s Top Sustainable Stocks in their view.   According to the SustainableBuisiness.com Web site:   The SB20 list, in its sixth year, consists of 20 public companies that are having an important impact on creating an environmentally sustainable society.   Rona Fried, Ph.D., SustainableBusiness.com CEO and Editor of Progressive Investor, explained the reasoning for the list in a recent statement.   “Our goal is to create a list that showcases public companies that, over the past year, have made substantial progress in either greening their internal operations or growing a business based on an important green technology.”   The list of the SB20 is presented below, with companies appearing in Alphabetical order. It should be noted that this list is made up of a broad international group of companies, which is illustrative of the fact that green innovation is a truly global phenomenon.   On another note, Google was given an honorable mention, so one might consider them the 21st such company on the SustainableBusiness.com list.   Company Ticker Country Best Water Technology Vienna: BWT.VI Austria Canon NYSE: CAJ Japan Comverge Nasdaq: COMV USA Chipotle Mexican Grill NYSE: CMG USA First Solar Nasdaq: FSLR USA Fuel Tech Nasdaq: FTEK USA Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Nasdaq: GMCR USA Groupe Danone DANO.PA Netherlands Herman Miller Nasdaq: MLHR USA Interface Nasdaq: IFSIA USA Land Securities London: Land.L Britain NIKE, Inc. NYSE: NKE USA Novozymes Copenhagen: NZYM.CO Denmark Ormat Technologies NYSE: ORA USA Precious Woods Geneva: SWX: PRWN Switzerland Renewable Energy Corp. (REC) Oslo: REC.OL Norway Royal Philips Electronics NV NYSE: PHG Netherlands Schmack Biogas AG Germany: SB1B.DE Germany Vestas Copenhagen: VWS.CO Denmark Whole Foods Market Nasdaq: WFMI USA

Electronics Recycling Day at Fresno Fairgrounds July 28

July 19, 2007

Before you toss that old cell phone, television, stereo equipment or computer in the trash, stop, wait and think a minute.

Can it be recycled?

You bet it can. Maybe not the whole thing … but at least parts of it … all you have to do is get it to the right location. Items such as computers, stereos, TVs, mobile phones and home appliances can very often be refurbished and reused (for example, many consumers throw away fully functional computers, mobile phones and other electronics during upgrades). Perhaps more importantly, their parts can be recycled and made into new electronics components or other consumer products.



Vietnam Green Fund

July 19, 2007

Buy The Best or Greenest?

July 18, 2007

CommuniClique Giving Away Saturn Hybrid, Launches ‘Go Green’ Campaign

July 16, 2007

CommuniClique, a provider of on-demand collaboration services using VoIP and other communication tools, realizes that for every person who telecommutes to work each day, there is one less car burning fossil fuel on the highway. Similarly, this environmentally conscious company realizes if you increase the number of hybrids on the road, air pollution can be reduced even further.

As such, CommuniClique is giving away a Hybrid Saturn Aura-Green in late September to its 3,000th customer. The company is doing this in the hopes that it can influence its customers “to make more environmentally friendly decisions when it comes to business applications.”

CommuniClique’s IP-based conferencing solutions enable the “virtual office,” where managers and executives can collaborate in real time, no matter where they are located. The service lets users communicate via secure, Web-based VoIP on a “pay-as-you-go” basis.



IBM and APC Go Green

July 15, 2007

Dennis Leary on Carbon Footprint

July 14, 2007

Green Menu

July 12, 2007

Yahoo Green Center

July 12, 2007

I was perusing the Yahoo! Green Center and for the life of me I cannot understand why Honda and Toyota consistently beat American car companies when it comes to styling, innovation and now being green. The top four cars in terms of greenness are as follows:   Car Greenness (100 is best) 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid 86 2007 Toyota Prius 86 2007 Honda Civic GX NGV 85 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid 79   I just get the feeling the American car companies are just too macho to be the greenest. Well at least Ford has a great green hybrid SUV… The 2008 Escape at 34 MPG.
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