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Can a Class 4 Softswitch run in the Cloud?

Can a Class 4 softswitch really run in the cloud?  This was a question I got at Mobile World Congress from a...

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Where's the Margin? (Part 1)

As much as I grumble often about the VoIP/UC providers and their lack of differentiation, SD-WAN is going to be just...

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First Hackproof Wi-Fi, then Grab Some IP Communications

While most of TMCnet blog readers want to monetize IP communications, most of the world just wants to be able to use...

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Software Media Servers Help CPaaS Offerings Such as GENBAND Kandy

Cloud communications are giving customers deployment options they never had before. Big data centers running ‘you name it’ communications functions and software...

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New Flowroute Customer Onboarding Platform Lubricates CSP Porting

Smoothly and effectively onboarding new enterprises is one of the most significant operational challenges for cloud communications providers. Flowroute is aiming squarely...

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CounterPath Bria-X Delivers Cost-Effective UCaaS Solution

In the 1990s Novell had a lock on servers in the enterprise. There was no Linux but SCO UNIX and IBM's AIX...

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Stupid Mistakes Lead to Kelihos Botnet Spam Lord Arrest

Russian Pyotr Levashov spread ransomware and other malicious software through the Kelihos botnet, possibly hacked the U.S. election and probably ran the...

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Can a Class 4 Softswitch run in the Cloud?

April 25, 2017


Can a Class 4 softswitch really run in the cloud?  This was a question I got at Mobile World Congress from a prospect because he was questioning whether a core telecom infrastructure node can actually run in the Cloud / AWS. The answer is yes, for sure - the networks have improved so much, and AWS has been running many mission critical, latency critical apps outside of telecom that a switch can certainly run in AWS. In fact, we have made the Dialogic NGN Softswitch and IMS MGCF (Dialogic ControlSwitch System) run on AWS and have already sold it and deployed it with customers.

Software Media Servers Help CPaaS Offerings Such as GENBAND Kandy

April 18, 2017

Cloud communications are giving customers deployment options they never had before. Big data centers running ‘you name it’ communications functions and software are giving customers pay–as-you-go and subscription purchase options for their communications needs, thus reducing upfront CAPEX expenses. 

Within that paradigm, platform as a service offerings such as Genband Kandy give these customers the ability to create their own applications.

Is Cloud Infrastructure Swallowing Up NFV?

April 11, 2017



Service Providers want the infrastructure to be able to scale up (and down), they want to move CAPEX to OPEX, and they want lower overall costs.  In other words, they want the same benefits, the same end game as “True NFV,” but possibly obtain this from running an infrastructure Virtual Machine in a cloud such as Amazon EC2.

And voila, we have telecom infrastructure running on Amazon web services.  This is easier to do.

Cloud-Based Telecom Infrastructure Evolves

April 4, 2017

There is no doubt that telecom infrastructure is moving to the cloud.  Over the past 20 years, the move from purpose built hardware to software running on COTS servers has yielded measurable benefits to service providers, such as lower costs and improved serviceability.  The next natural step forward from COTS is running the software-based infrastructure in the cloud because additional benefits will continue. The benefits of cloud-based infrastructure are as follows:

  • CAPEX Savings (plus the ability to move expenditures to OPEX)
  • OPEX Savings
  • Accelerating Service Velocity

For more details on the benefits of cloud-based infrastructures, read our white paper.

The New Guard in Telecom: Amazon and Facebook

March 28, 2017

Mobile World Congress, for me, has always been a combination of looking forward towards our future while at the same time reflecting on the massive changes I’ve seen in this industry.  I mean, years ago, who would have thought that Microsoft today would be both a large service provider and  an enterprise PBX behemoth via Skype for Business / Lync? (And I remember when Microsoft insisted Lync or whatever they called it back then was NOT a PBX.)  More recently we’ve seen Facebook and Amazon respectively become huge movers and shakers.  I saw it all in full force at MWC.

What does having no PSTN lines really mean?

March 21, 2017

There are firm actions starting to take place about PSTN sunset.  What this means is that our landline networks that we grew up with will cease to exist – they are too costly to continue to support.  Effectively, the VoIP movement that started in the mid 1990s will have “won.”  And what a swift victory that has been.

Countries will have various PSTN sunset dates. 

The Importance of Good Call Progress Analysis with Software Media Servers

March 14, 2017


Robo-Calls are rightly getting negative press and regulation. But Call Progress Analysis (CPA) has many legitimate uses beyond enabling Robo-Calls. Dialogic has been getting quite a few questions lately about software based CPA because of the legitimate uses as discussed last week.

CPA was first enabled via sophisticated algorithms that first started being employed via DSPs. But as hardware such as call processing boards have morphed into software modules, the CPA algorithms might not be quite the same.Host processing, say using Intel CPUs, may not be as powerful.

Call Progress Analysis is Not the same as a Robo-Call

March 7, 2017

Robo-calls are making the news lately.  I even wrote a blog about them last year. We all hate getting those calls. While most contact centers follow the rules, there are companies that don’t and they are the ones that cause consumer frustration. 

What's Going on at MWC 2017

February 28, 2017

I’ve been at Mobile World Congress one day so far.  5G is everywhere and around every corner and under every rock.  Can’t get away from it.

It’s also clear that I was right about seeing IoT and Cloud messaging everywhere.

How Service Providers Can Avoid Becoming A Bit-Pipe

February 21, 2017

I was recently talking to STL Partners / Telco 2.0 and we had a discussion about service providers now facing the similar disruption from over-the-top (OTT) players in enterprise communications as they saw with consumers. It’s an interesting issue. The “bring your own” app phenomenon has started, and enterprises are starting to see their  employees bringing WhatsApp and WeChat to the office to use for work, similar to how I brought non-enterprise Skype to the office to use.  WhatsApp has even announced business integration plans.

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