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Is the Cisco VNI Right?

I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it...

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What Happened to LinkedIn?

This week there have been two posts on my feed about "We can connect but don't spam me!" The discussion was...

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If Starting Today as an Agent

If I was starting my telecom agency today, what would I do? When I started in 1999, I was selling basically...

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The Rise of AI in Communications

Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to thinkData, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked? As economical compute power...

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ITW - Will There Ever Be A Return To The Good Ol' Days?

International Telecoms Week (ITW) is where all the interconnect carriers come to work out minutes exchange pricing and routes.   Dialogic has had a...

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What The U.S. Tax Code can Learn From Ransomware

U.S. citizens in Little Rock Arkansas pay the same federal income tax as those in New York and Beverly Hills - even...

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Like Cars in the 1950s

Did you know that from 1920-1960 there were hundreds of US auto manufacturers? Then it collapsed to just 5 - Ford,...

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Is the Cisco VNI Right?

May 23, 2017


I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it as gospel.  I’ve even seen other analyst reports refer to the Cisco VNI as well.  The Cisco VNI has been a great tool for many of us in the industry, and I have been reading it for as long as it’s been available, which is at least 10 years running.  And it’s a great tool for sure, one of the best. 


The Rise of AI in Communications

May 16, 2017



Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to think



Data, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked?

As economical compute power behind telephony offerings have increased (through more increased processing power whether in the cloud or on premise), we have seen a rise in analytics relating to the specific offering.  This is either to help improve customer service, or help reduce OPEX because a better understanding of what is actually going on in the network can be readily seen. 

ITW - Will There Ever Be A Return To The Good Ol' Days?

May 9, 2017


International Telecoms Week (ITW) 
is where all the interconnect carriers come to work out minutes exchange pricing and routes.   Dialogic has had a consistent presence for over 15 years -  not because we do any minutes exchange, but because we have a large customer base of carriers using our softswitches and SBCs that do. As such, just like MWC, this is a great place to meet with our customers and prospects.

But this is a challenging industry. 

Is It Over for SMS?

May 2, 2017

According to some research from the GSMA, all is not lost with the SMS battle against the IP messaging services. With WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and WeChat at about 1 billion monthly active users, it would seem that it’s just a matter of time before SMS becomes extinct.  However, according to this report, “SMS retains its lead in markets that were early adopters of unlimited SMS bundles,” which makes sense. Start using it and you get used to it, especially if there are no extra charges.

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. 

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