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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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2015 Predictions

Last week, I graded myself on the predictions I made for 2014.  This week, I’ll make my predictions for 2015.  It...

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Subscribers Want Service Providers to Protect Their Devices

By: Patrick Tan, Alcatel-Lucent General Manager of Network Intelligence

A recent U.S. survey by Alcatel-Lucent Motive found that 71% of smartphones had no security protection to defend against malware. That’s a sobering stat considering the 20% rate at which mobile malware is increasing annually. The malicious activity can degrade smartphone performance, secretly pirates your data minutes, and steal personal information from you, spy on your whereabouts and track your browsing calls, texts, emails and web browsing.

Now here’s where the survey gets even more interesting: It reveals 65% of mobile subscribers think it’s the service provider’s responsibility to protect their smartphones. And the majority is willing to pay their service provider for this mobile service – up to $4.40 per month!

For operators continually on the hunt for new revenue generating services and “sticky” offers that attract and retain subscribers, device security services is a lucrative and differentiating opportunity right under their nose.

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Archives of all blog posts:
The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage
2015 Predictions
Grading 2014 Predictions
SS7 Signaling Still Alive and Well
The era of the hardware-based media server is over -scaling software-based media servers
Recognizing the Similarities Between WebRTC and VoIP
Outlining the FUture of SEamless COmmunication at FUSECO
The Contact Center's Seemingly Oxymoronic Play: How to Decrease Costs Yet Improve Customer Service
Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings
IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story
LTE Asia Focus on Applications. Finally.
What is TADS all about?
Will VoLTE and the iPhone6 Finally be the Vehicle to Monetize Mobile Video?
The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)
Practical and Smart IMS
What's Driving IMS Today?
Speech Analytics - Data Mining Those Recordings
VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle
Modems? In This Day and Age?
Internet Telephony Expo: Still Relevant?
Mobile fax? Why do you need that?
When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7
When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6
The Top Five Tips for Transforming Your Legacy Switching Environment
NFV and SDN: Diameter Signaling Controllers Join the Best of Both Worlds
TADHack: Adding the Human Element to Communications
Wi-Fi Offload/Roaming Part 3: Diameter and LTE Interworking Is Crucial
Is WebRTC for Real or Not?
Wi-Fi, 3G/4G Roaming and Interworking Architectures
Wi-Fi, 3G/4G Roaming and Interworking Architectures
OTT is / is not a threat to interconnect carriers
LTE Is Not the Answer - But WiFi Might Be
Could WebRTC Initiate Changes In the Contact Center?
What's Happening In the Contact Center?
What's Happening In the Contact Center?
Predictions For International Telecoms Week 2014
WebRTC Disruption is Reaching IMS and Catching the 3GPP's Attention, But Where is eMRF?
Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think
Less is Better than None: How WebRTC Helps Carriers
Recap: TADMeetup NJ 2014
The New NGN
Why are 2G and 3G Subscriptions Growing?
MWC: Hypocrisy about NFV?
An SBC is not required for a WebRTC Gateway
The Internet of Things and Other Major Themes from MWC 2014
The Internet of Things and Other Major Themes from MWC 2014
The Shazaam! of SS7 - SIP Signaling
Diameter, NFV and More Expected at MWC
Mobile Price Wars and Apps - Yes, Apps!
Mobile and Voice App Update
Dealing with Chatty Apps
Billions and Billions of Faxes, Oh My!
A Winning Use Case for WebRTC in 2014
2014 Predictions for voice, LTE, NFV and more
Grading my 2013 Predictions
The MVNO and Roaming
The Rise of the MVNE
Diameter Signaling is the New Cool
The State of IPX
The State of IPX
Do Away With Voice Mail?
NFV and SDN: Ignore at your own risk
At Gitex, MEA's Premier Telecoms Event, Lessons in Luxury Selling
Despite Carriers' Views, OTT is Not the Enemy
The SBC evolution toward media
The PSTN is dead. Or is it?
Location Insight Could Yield Different Kinds of Revenue
The Interworking Protocols Mobile Users Don't Know They Need
Where is the 4G?
How the Rise of LTE is (Quietly) Changing User Behavior
IT Expo Gets Down to Earth
Is WiFi Withering Under LTE?
Part two: Choose your own endpoint for the best conference experience
Part one: How WebRTC can finally kill the boring, ineffective conference call
If there's no "mobile" in your video development strategy, you're losing revenue
What do I really think of NFV?
Top Questions from the Awesome NFV Webinar
WebRTC Expo Aftermath: Too Many Phone Calls, Not Enough Innovation
Webinar: What You Need to Know Before Using NFV
Will Carriers Ever Be Able to Make Money from OTT Players?
Three Ways NFV Cuts Costs
WebRTC: The Revolution Won't Occur Without a Media Server
Six Network Elements Ripe for NFV
NFV and SDN: Where Telco and IT collide?
LTE Interworking: Is it really necessary?
LTE Network Interactions
The Evolution of International Telecoms Week (ITW)
The Evolution of International Telecoms Week (ITW)
"How Does Dialogic Fit In with WebRTC?"
Why would you want a software based session border controller?
"The contact center use case looks like a natural for WebRTC, but how will that work?"
Impact of the New Video Codec H.265
"Where do IMS and WebRTC Intersect?"
WebRTC Webinar Q&A #2 "Why WebRTC when we have Skype?"
LTE / Diameter Interworking (Part 2 of 2)
LTE / Diameter Interworking (Part 2 of 2)
LTE / Diameter Interworking (Part 1 of 2)
WebRTC Webinar Q&A #1 "Is WebRTC 10 years too late?"
Diameter Use Cases
My Mobile Device History
The Contact Center's Continual Transition
The Contact Center's Continual Transition
Mobile Congestion and Radio Blogging and Podcasting
Mobile World Congress 2013 Recap
Mobile World Congress 2013 in Full Swing
Attend the WebRTC Webinar and Learn More about the Disruption
2G Still Has Legs
What to Expect at Mobile World Congress
Modern Communications? Really!?
The Disruption, and subsequent innovation from WebRTC, part 3
The Disruption, and subsequent innovation from WebRTC, part 2
The Disruption, and subsequent innovation from WebRTC, part 1
Using your Cell Phone to pay for Parking
When is Wi-Fi not Wi-Fi - When it's Super
5 Things Mobile Carriers Should Want to Find in their Stockings
IPX to Stop the Many, Many, Many, Many Network Interconnect Chaos
My 2103 Predictions
Grading My 2012 Predictions
A view of the African telecommunications market - moving towards solutions
A view of the African telecommunications market - the challenge
A view of the African telecommunications market - the reality
Baseball, America's Other Favorite Pastime (Besides Using Mobile Devices)
Connecting at Gitex!
Visionaries Lead the Way
The Multimedia Enabled Cloud
Blogging and Tweeting and Writing, Oh No!
Who's Going to Deliver Mobile Video Services?
Solving the Mobile Congestion Crisis, One Network at a Time [Infographic]
Video Communications as an OTT App
The IP Network Interconnect Problem and the GSMA IPX Solution, Part 2
Voice as an OTT App
The IP Network Interconnect Problem and the GSMA IPX Solution
Talking About SpeechTEK
The Promose of the African VAS Market
BYOD and HTML5
HTML5 and Its Impact on the Future Market
Net Neutrality Back in the Spotlight
HD Voice Isn't Just for Making Better Phone Calls, Part 2
HD Voice is Not Just for Making Better Phone Calls
Ubiquitous Video Calling - Myth or Reality?
The Mobile VAS Ecosystem on a Page
Backhaul Optimization Technology Even in the Ethernet Backhaul World
The Case for Backhaul Optimization Technology
SBCs: A New Necessity for Service Providers and Enterprises, Part 3
The Mobile VAS Ecosystem
Real, Live Video Conferencing of Smart Devices on LTE, WiFi and 3G
SBCs: A New Necessity for Service Providers and Enterprises, Part 2
Session Border Controllers: A New Necessity for Service Providers and Enterprises, Part 1
The Impact of $100 Smartphones
The Wireless Data Challenge
The Need for Data Speed: A Bizarre and Unexpected Trip to the Past
The Over the Top Dilemma - Hug, Stiff Arm or Keep Enemies Close? Part 3
The Over the Top Dilemma - Hug, Stiff Arm or Keep Enemies Close? Part 2
Over the Top Dilemma - Hug, Stiff Arm or Keep Enemies Close? Part 1
HD Voice Status
Mobile World Congress 2012 Themes
Mobile Experience and Mobile World Congress
Mobile Video Quality of Experience, Part 3
Mobile Video Quality of Experience, Part 2
Mobile Video Conferencing and IT Expo
Mobile Video Quality of Experience, Part I
Mighty Morphing of the Network Border Element, Part 2
Mighty Morphing of the Network Border Element, Part I
Skyping Along
The Premise Network, Part 3
2012 Predictions! Oh No!
Scoring Last Year's Predictions! Oh No!
Just in Time for the Holidays...Fast, Fast , Fast , FAST!!
The Future Premise Network, Part 2
The Future Premise Network, Part I
My iPad, One Year Later
Mobile Payments and the Role of SS7
Pure Kryptonite for SMS?
Smartphones and Aliens: Why Does This Not Compute?!
The Land (and soon to be land) of the Mobile Internet
Russian Winter in Early October and Italian Bling
Which FoIP Codec is Best? The Definitive Answer
Where is PacketMan Flying Next?
IT Expo West Turns Up the Heat
Thrive with Communication Solutions
PacketMan Re-Emerges
Numbed by Analyst Research - What I Did on My Summer Vacation
So What's the Deal with User Experience Convergence?
The Next Wave in Communications Convergence
Challenges and Opportunities Abound When it Comes to Convergence
A Little Background on Communications Convergence
Outbound Notification in the IP World
The Changing Face of Emergency Calling
The Internet and FoIP and Fax in the Clouds
HD Calling
Skype + Microsoft = Good for Microsoft
Mobile Backhaul and Revenue Prediction Curves
Mobile Money is Not a Port-o-ATM
Differences in Mobile Value-Added Services Around the World
The Significance of the FCC Data Roaming Ruling
ITW and an iPad App
Open Source + JAIN SLEE: Mobicents Makes Sense
The African Telecommunications Opportunity
Parallels Between the Music Industry and the Telecom Industry
From Opportunity to Reality!
More Ways to Make Money: Mobile VAS, QoE and Advertising
A Few of the Ways Mobile Networks can be Monetized: Usage, Tiered Pricing and Optimization
Monetizing Mobile Networks: It's Not as Easy as it Sounds
Everyone on the Planet has a Mobile Phone? Possibly. Italy has an Insight.
When is the Bus Coming and How Does that Relate to Innovation?
State of Natural Speech and Italy
A Unified Communications Outlook
South Africa and Bandwidth Optimization Techniques
Prepaid Mobile Internet Services
N-1-1 Services and Their Evolution
Where Do I Stand with Net Neutrality?
What's Going on with Net Neutrality?
Mobile World Congress Overview
ENIAC - The Face of Innovation from 2 to the 6th Years Ago
The Future of SMS - Rich SMS
Mobile World Congress Preview - Expect Mobile Backhaul
Why Does SMS Continue to Grow? Personal Communications, Social Networking and M2M
Using the Mobile Phone Navigator App
Would I Use an iPad on a Business Trip?
Smartphone - Shop and Pay!
The Ramifications of iPhone Usage in the Enterprise
The Top 5 Mobile and IP Predictions for 2011
Top 10 Telecom Advancements of the Past 10 Years
The Phone as Everything
Using Your Phone to Help with Comparison Shopping
Bridging 3G and 4G Services in Budapest
Budapest, Dialogic EMEA Connections, and how our industry doesn't really change while it's changing
Mobile Coupons
Follow-Up on Context-Aware Services
The Difference Between Location-Based Services and Context-Aware Location-Based Services
WiFi Offload from 3G
Clouds and Pall on a Sunny Day at Interop New York
Video on the Bosphorus
IT Expo West Action
Dialogic's Deals - Veraz Merger is Complete and the Magic of Early October
The Growth of Location-Based Services
The Mobile Phone Gamer
Wither a Whipsan WiMax?
Everything Everywhere Except...3G and HD Voice and...
A Mobile HD Voice Update
Who is Really Benefiting from the Stimulus Packages?
The SIP Trunk and the Border Element, as Opposed to the SIP Trunk and the Border Elephant
Don't Wallpaper Your House, Wallpaper Your Mobile Phone
The Quest for Telco Growth
The State of Speech
Value-Added Services on the Menu in Delhi
Video Research
The Fight for my Phone in India
"Wireless Inside" Inside Japan
Oh to Solve those Mobile Bandwidth Problems!
HD Voice: What's Not to Like?
LTE and Germany
The HD Voice Growth Path
Videooooooooooooooooooooo Gooooooooooooooooooooooal!!!
The Dawn of a New Mobile Video Era
Doesn't Everyone Know What FoIP Is?
3G Video + Humidity = Singapore
Not Oxymoronic Part II
Mobile Video and Enterprise Communications are Not Oxymoronic
Which "Spent" is Applicable to the 3G India Auction?
Dialogic Deals More Cards
The Business of Video Messaging
Dialogian Thought on DiaStar and OpenSource Comms
Talking on Planes, Trains and Automobiles
The Bestest Mobile Video Contest Ever!
A Big News Week for Spectrum Auctions - Germany's 4G Auction
India's 3G Auction Finally Started
The Rise of the Machines
Do Safe Driving and Vegas Go Together?
5G is Here!!
The Little Graph That Could
Jim Machi blogged about The Old OS Pangs, Only with Mobile Devices Now on Corporate Blog .
The Old OS Pangs, Only with Mobile Devices Now
March CTIA Madness and a Mobile Concierge
Taming the Mobile Wild Boar
Creating Mobile Feral Hogs!
Cloud Computing - The Terminator Movies Had it Right!
The Fire is Back at the Fira
Snowflakes, Bad Internet, Barcelona and the Video Convergence Forum
Cloud Computing - What Factors Make it Viable?
Cloud Computing - Those Clouds Aren't Pure White!
Ah, So Why End POTS and PSTN?
Hark! The End of POTS and PSTN!
The Geeks Converge and Hear About HD
A Wi-Fi Happy New Year from Times Square!
The Top 11 of 2010
Doin' the HD in Washinton, D.C.
The HD Train
Telecom as Green Engine
Egypt's 3G Surprise
T-Mobile and a Hamburger in Hamburg
WalMart & Prepaid: The Ultimate Commodization of Mobile Services
You're My Blue Sky, Youre My Sunny Day
The Best Contest Ever in the Entire World
Listening to You, I Get the Music
The Korean Golden Mile

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