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Why Carriers and WebRTC Don't Have to be the Same Magnet Polarization and Can be Partners Part II

Last week, I started exploring why WebRTC is interesting for carriers and wrote about extending existing applications with WebRTC to keep...

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NFV INSIGHTS: Preparing for the future of NFV

By: Andreas Lemke, Ph.D. - Alcatel-Lucent

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Have you ever gotten your hands dirty and really implemented an NFV or SDN application? Six teams from academia and industry in Israel and Europe can answer with a resounding yes! These teams gathered in Haifa at the 4-day 2015 Winter School and Hackathon event, organized by Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand team and Israel’s leading Institute of Technology, Technion. The event offered a full program to get acquainted with the fundamental concepts behind cloud computing, software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

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What's Left to MegaPath

In 2010, Speakeasy and Covad got married to MegaPath to make a $500 million MSLEC (as they announced it). In 2012,...

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ITEXPO Miami 2015 Videos Being Posted

If you missed ITEXPO a few weeks back in Miami, FL – I am sorry to hear that… It was one of...

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VoWiFi extends and enriches LTE services

By: David E. Nowoswiat, Senior Product and Solutions Marketing Manager, IP Routing & Transport, and  Ed Elkin, Head of Marketing for IP Communication, Alcatel-Lucent

The growing importance and usage of Wi-Fi™ is spurring rapid development in voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) to complement robust VoLTE services. Mobile device manufacturers are taking advantage of Wi-Fi to solidify their relationship with consumers and enterprises, so mobile network operators (MNOs) need to act quickly to secure a share in the hot Wi-Fi market. By developing a strategy that encompasses Wi-Fi, MNOs can leverage their most important asset - their LTE network - to deliver a seamless experience for subscribers while leveraging their virtualized IMS investment to create  new revenue opportunities for themselves.

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Mobile World Congress 2015 - What's the Next Big Thing?

By: Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor

In doing preparations for what many have called “the circus” aka the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC)—which is arguably now the most important industry trade event as the world goes mobile and which takes place in Barcelona March 2-5—the excitement is already palpable.  From all of the new cool devices of all shapes and sizes to interesting advances on things like antenna technology, Network Functions Virtualization, carrier aggregation, etc., the eye candy alone is almost overwhelming in terms of imagining the possibilities.  However, MWC always is tantalizing because not only does it answer what we will see in terms of capabilities in the near-term, but also because of the questions it raises about the longer term.

In this regard I was struck by a recent blog by Michael Peeters, CTO, Alcatel-Lucent Wireless, entitled I think appropriately, The Circus is in Town. Peeters’ main point is summed up nicely where he says in characterizing his view on what’s the next big thing that will be the buzz of the show that, “...one thing is certain: its story will be about removing place and time constraints we took for granted.”

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Why Carriers and WebRTC Don't Have to be At the Same End of the Magnet Part 1

  While WebRTC seems to be emerging as an enterprise play, because of it’s contact center enhancement capability, I’ve been asked...

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Why Carriers and WebRTC Don't Have to be the Same Magnet Polarization and Can be Partners Part II

February 24, 2015

Last week, I started exploring why WebRTC is interesting for carriers and wrote about extending existing applications with WebRTC to keep the offerings fresh.   But WebRTC may also be a way to compete with OTT apps that are riding on top of their network.   Apps that are free and don’t provide revenue to the carriers.  These apps have taken important value added service revenue away from the service providers, which have been estimated from Ovum to be in the billions of dollars and a few percentage points of overall revenue. 

Why Carriers and WebRTC Don't Have to be At the Same End of the Magnet Part 1

February 17, 2015

 

While WebRTC seems to be emerging as an enterprise play, because of it’s contact center enhancement capability, I’ve been asked more than a few times why WebRTC might be good for service providers or carriers.  This is an especially important question with Mobile World Congress looming.  In fact, in the Dialogic booth we will have some IMS and VoLTE product demonstrations, which you might expect of us at Mobile World Congress, but we’re also having a demonstration involving WebRTC. 

Moving Forward with NFV and OPNFV

February 11, 2015

There has been and continues to be a lot of hype around NFV.  The benefits are highlighted above – namely CAPEX and OPEX reduction because of a move to software running on COTS servers in cloud based environments, and the resultant expected new service delivery because of these moves.  As such the market is growing, and eating into heretofore hardware-based network infrastructureInfonetics expects the global service provider SDN and NFV market to reach $11B by 2018.

What to expect at MWC 2015

February 3, 2015

Mobile World Congress is right around the corner. While there are some constants, such as crowds, lots of walking, even more meetings and those ubiquitous cheese and/or jamon sandwiches for lunch, there are changes in messaging from year to year.  This year’s theme is “The Edge of Innovation” but I’m not sure MWC is the place to go for intense innovation.  Sure, there will be new smartphones announced which are innovative from a continued evolution standpoint, and I think we’ll see a spate of 5G messaging (even though it’s not defined yet) but you’ll have to dig deep for some innovation. 

Changing the SIM game

January 27, 2015

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments.  And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.”

Wow, this is pretty different. 

WebRTC and the Enterprise

January 20, 2015

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought it read “How WebRTC can SAVE the Enterprise.”  So I was like “wow, that’s an interesting thought” because I didn’t know the Enterprise needed to be saved.

The enterprise though has always been about delivering better services, yet doing so at a reduced cost.  This dichotomy has driven a lot of innovation.  Over the summer, I wrote a blog about speech analytics that touched on this same theme.

What is 5G?

January 13, 2015

VoLTE Performance

January 6, 2015

One of my predictions for 2015 related to VoLTE and Value-Added Services (VAS) starting to appear in relation to VoLTE.  I wanted to give a little background on why I said that.  It basically comes down to VoLTE working.

In the summer there was some buzz made when Signals Research Group put out a paper about VoLTE performance.

WebRTC: The Transition From Hype to Reality - Part 2

December 30, 2014

In Part 1 of this series, I argued that the WebRTC movement has a lot of striking parallels to that of VoIP, such as both technologies being dubbed seminal events, experiencing architectural challenges and progressing through various stages of deployment. In other words, both technologies followed the standard hype curve through the excitement phase and, now, it remains to be seen whether WebRTC, like VoIP, will move successfully into reality.

Do I think we are going to suddenly find that WebRTC has moved forward at warp speed? I think we will.

WebRTC: The Transition From Hype to Reality - Part 1

December 23, 2014

When I started preparing my keynote presentation for WebRTC Conference and Expo V in November, there was one central message I hoped to get across: WebRTC is developing along a normal evolutionary track and it’s up to us to continue to move the technology forward from hype to reality.

I’ve been involved with WebRTC since the beginning and we all know there was a considerable amount of enthusiasm at the start. But this year, some of that excitement started to wane. And that’s probably because WebRTC is no longer new; it’s no longer the shiny object.

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