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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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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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Commuting A Pain In More Ways Than One

August 21, 2009

Commuting is bad for the environment. Emissions from vehicles both directly and indirectly through fossil-fueled and river-befouling power plants, and from construction and maintenance combined with open space land grabs combine to form a toxic stew that is slowly killing us. Something to keep in mind as a reality check during the insane U.S. healthcare debate and the endless go-rounds what to do about the costs and doctor shortages in Canada.

Transportation typically accounts for 1/3 of emissions, and motor vehicles at 2/3rds of that.

Five Five Keys to Selecting Effective Green Technologies From Verismic

August 11, 2009

U.K.-based Sparxent via its Verismic Software subsidiary that has some good advice on identifying promising green technologies in IT and at the same time avoiding greenwashing. Verismic Software develops solutions including power management  to extend systems management and service desk capabilities.

Verismic recommends looking for green solutions which meet the following criteria:
 
1.     Measurable eco-benefits.  A number of technologies promise a reduction in CO2 emissions or other green benefits, but customers often have no way to actually measure the result.

Green and Sustainable Telecoms Strategy

August 10, 2009

Contributing Sources of Weird Weather? Look In The Mirror

July 31, 2009

I live in the Pacific Northwest where the weather for the past several days resembles what has become the norm on the East Coast: hazy, hot, and humid.
 
The smaller businesses and most homes in this part of the world aren't equipped for this with little or no air conditioning, big glass windows, and limited drapery. The husband of one of my wife's colleagues has to sleep on the basement floor, and few homes here have basements. Fortunately we live/I work out of a new apartment with central air.

And in contrast the East Coast has been hit with rainy weather that is the norm here, except that the rains are harder.

Insist on Telework When Funding Highways and Transit: Attorney

July 21, 2009

There has been a lot of jawboning by government officials when it comes to telework as a green transportation alternative.

While federally-funded programs insist that applicants examine no-build options like transportation demand management solutions like telework, the nasty truth is that these are ignored. Why let imaginative, doable lower-cost methods get in the way of shoveling tax dollars to campaign-contributing contractors and engineering firms?

There may now, however, be at last interest and movement in getting governments to do the right thing thanks to large part to broadband becoming a necessity in homes and businesses.

The Dark Side of Housing/Commercial Building Starts

July 8, 2009

When housing and commercial building starts data are released and they show a jump there is generally a positive reaction. They seemingly show that the economy is back on track or that is it is growing and that people are being put back to work.

But is it good news? Not necessarily from the green or economic points of view.
And here's why.

Virtualization Green and Saves Money

June 25, 2009

Listen to Michael Schelin share information about virtualization, virtual pbx, shopping cart systems, fax to email, and colocation on DIDX podcast.

Schelin is with the ShellTel. I met him the Asterisk community in 2005. After the interview was completed, he explained more about cloud computing and virtualization for marketing types like me. A host operating system is just a container. Place the install disk which is an image of a system on a host. It becomes a file.

Beautiful Land, New Opportunities, Wasted Space

June 15, 2009

I recently moved cross country from the East to the Pacific Northwest. As polluting and contributing to congestion as driving is there is still nothing like it to give a full and complete picture of the landscape.

And for the most part it is a beautiful one that, still worth waxing poetic about, but which I will leave to more accomplished scribes except to say everyone should travel by land from coast to coast at least once in their lives.

The sights that one is familiar with only on screen come alive when you are surrounded it by them...the spectacular architecture of Chicago: its downtown and its neighborhoods, the rugged scenery amidst the charming-in-their-own-right tourist traps around the Wisconsin Dells...the Rhine-like setting of the Mississippi Valley...the wide open spaces in central South Dakota...the amazing transition from grasslands to lush forests west of Rapid City in the Black Hills...and how the Rockies loom above the barren mounds west of Gillette, Wyoming...

Free Webinar: Go Green and Improve Your Bottom Line

May 26, 2009

Today's economic conditions are pushing more and more people to look for ways to cut costs, but without sacrificing efficiency and business effectiveness. Today, with escalating electricity prices, it's no wonder that new, more cost effective solutions are necessary.   Not only is saving on costs important, but with an increased focus on environmental conditions and the need to be responsible for our carbon footprints, the move to go green has also become strong.   How is it possible to be greener, remain efficient and improve your bottom line?   TelcoBridges has got the answer. Be sure to check out their FREE live Webinar event, "TCO Green: The Green Total Cost of Ownership," happening Wednesday, June 3, 2009 from 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT. In addition, the company will host an Asian session of "TCOGreen: The Green Total Cost of Ownership," on Thursday, June 4, from 10 to 10:45 Hong Kong Time.   The Webinar will not only discuss the many options for adding capacity and capability to your network in less space / rack units, but also how TelcoBridges can specifically help make your telecom network more efficient.   Did you know that if your telecom network can save 1000 watts of power, you can save 1.5 tons of CO2 over 10 years?   Get familiar with what Green Total Cost of Ownership means for you and start improving your bottom line.   This is a free Webinar you won't want to miss!   REGISTER NOW!

Green Transportation: Upcoming Pacific Northwest Intercity/Regional Rail Conference

May 18, 2009


Intercity and commuter/regional rail offers, when done right, a greener alternative to driving and flying not only in reduced energy consumption but also in enabling compact high-density and walkable development on existing brownfield lands as opposed to car-oriented low-density greenspace-munching sprawl.

The Pacific Northwest is an epicenter of rail transportation and land use initiatives, with hits and misses given the beauty and quality of life and the unchanneled growth that threatens to destroy it. Hits that all three of the major cities: Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore. have or will have commuter and urban rail transit systems, are linked by an albeit sluggishly-growing-and-improving intercity rail network, and especially in Portland's case (with some of those most advanced policies anywhere), are encouraging transit-oriented development. Misses in that the British Columbia and to a lesser extent Washington state government continues 1950s-styled sprawl-encouraging roadbuilding and widening policies (in B.C.

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