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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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Carbon Footprint Calculators

July 3, 2007

Here is a list of carbon footprint calculators. If you are interested, Nigel’s Eco Blog will be testing some of these over the next few weeks. I tried the BP calculator (Flash version) out and was pretty surprised at how large a footprint a single household can have. This is especially true as my business requires me to be on an airplane constantly.   Awareness is certainly something that will help reduce carbon emissions.

Big Green Day

July 3, 2007

It has been a pretty green day so far today with lots of news to keep our green loving readers on the edge of their carbon-free seats. For example, Cadbury Schweppes will be cutting its net absolute carbon emissions By 2020, the confectionery company famous for its Cadbury chocolate Easter eggs and other sweets intends to slash half of its net absolute carbon emissions, with at least 30 percent from in-company actions.
"We recognize that if we are serious about tackling climate change, we need to be 'absolutely' committed," said Cadbury Schweppes CEO Todd Stitzer in a statement. "This means re-thinking the way we do business, embedding sustainability into every decision we take."   Salon has an article about carbon credits which explains a bit about how the system works and moreover talks about politicians and companies supporting such initiatives.   Finally, here is a brief article with some links to carbon footprint reducing resources.

GM Goes Green with ecoFlex

July 2, 2007

The Benefits of Green

July 2, 2007

If you are interested in seeing how companies are benefiting from the move to greener technologies, please read these quotes contained in an article on CNN.   "It's both great business and a good business -- great in that it is generating real orders and revenue ... and good in the burnishing effect our initiatives have had on both our brand and our business," says Peter O'Toole, a spokesperson for General Electric.

GE has doubled its research and development budget to $1.5 billion into technology to reduce energy consumption and waste products. The return on the company's investment appears to be high: Last year, GE's "Ecomagination" line of products generated $10 billion in revenues in 2005, and is on track to eclipse $20 billion by 2010.   What this tells you is you can truly be green, help ensure a better future for your children and also find ways to save and make money. In addition you can improve your image in the world.   The article is worth a read as it also details how retailers can lose customers as a result of the perception they don’t care about the environment.

Green Credit Card to Help Reduce Carbon

July 2, 2007

Barclaycard has launched the “UK’s first credit card aimed at helping to tackle climate change and promoting greener spending.”   That’s a lot to put on the back of a little piece of plastic.   In fact, it’s no longer even old-school plastic — it looks like Barclaycard Breathe will be made of a new material called PETg – rather than the PVC currently used for credit cards.   On the upside, Barclaycard promises to donate £1 million towards environmental projects in the first year of the card’s existence.   After that they will hand over 50% of all profits to be used to fund projects dedicated to reducing the amount carbon being released into the environment. Two of the first projects tabbed for funding include Solar4Schools which supplies and installs solar panels for schools, and Renewable Energy & Forest Preservation, which is a Brazilian project to promote using sustainable wood sources for fuel, aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 145,000 tons per year.   Barclaycard is also working with retailers to offer discounts on environmentally friendly products and services, such as wall insulation, eco-friendly electrical products, bike purchases, and more.   Check out more details here.

How Green Is Your Utility Company?

June 29, 2007

  I was just surfing around, looking for green goodies, and I came across this site called The Daily Green, The Consumer’s Guide to the Green Revolution, that featured a link to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tool called Power Profiler that you can use to compare your utility’s carbon footprint with that of the national average.   It’s as simple as entering your ZIP code, selecting your utility company, and clicking “Next.”   The results are two charts:  
  • The first chart compares the fuel mix used to generate electricity in your region of the power grid to the national fuel mix.
  • The second chart compares the average air emissions rates in your region of the power grid to the national average emissions rates.
  It’s a nifty little look at how your utility stacks up to the rest of the nation.   Check out the EPA’s Power Profiler for yourselves.

Green Theme at France Investment Confab

June 29, 2007

This just in from EuroNews.net…   Apparently the environment is a major theme at an annual investment conference going on in France.   The report says that the 900 business leaders taking part in this year’s “La Baule World Investment Conference” are jazzed about the green opportunity. Billed as “An executive Platform for Attractiveness Key Players” the goal of the conference is to find a shared response to the many challenges facing Europe.   Going green is indeed a challenge and an opportunity, and goodness knows green can be very “attractive.”   One of the more interesting comments is from Jacque Guer, head of Xerox in France, who told EuroNews.net that his firm is constantly working on new and revolutionary developments.   Said Guer:   “We’re developing technology that lets you print a document in the morning, and you can read it during the day, and then 16 hours after you printed it, the paper becomes blank again so you can reuse it. So, you see that behind this green technology there are real business and competitive advantages, and it’s not just something that’s trendy.”   The word from France is that we are on the cusp of the next big environmental sales opportunity — green power for businesses — with the opening up of the French and Italian energy markets on 1st July.   Check out the report for yourselves.  

eBilling Incentive Program

June 28, 2007

Waste Management To Create Renewable Energy

June 28, 2007

Halestar Intros 'Green' Remote Access Solution

June 28, 2007

‘Green technology’ can be defined in a variety of different ways, because there are different methods for reducing the impact of human activity on the environment. The term in the context of this blog generally refers to technology that itself directly reduces environmental impact—by, for example, using less power or being manufactured out of reused or recyclable materials.   Another way that technology can be ‘green,’ though, is indirectly helping people walk lighter on the earth by reducing their need to use natural resources like fossil fuels. One company that’s taking this approach to ‘green tech’ is Helestar, a security engineering company based in Connecticut and southern Virginia.   Halestar on Tuesday announced a new solution designed to let employees work from home without losing access to the corporate system.
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