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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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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.

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

December 16, 2014

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling traffic on LTE/IMS networks as well as enabling secure signaling interworking of LTE/IMS networks with other networks.  The DSCs first rolled out were the Diameter Routing Agents (DRAs) which were really designed for load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling traffic. And these have seemingly worked well since we have not heard of any major Diameter signaling storms since the first LTE networks were deployed. Whether it’s because the DRAs are deployed or because the existing equipment could handle it is somewhat up for debate, but clearly in the early days of LTE rollouts there were a couple of high profile outages related to signaling storms.

2015 Predictions

December 9, 2014

Last week, I graded myself on the predictions I made for 2014.  This week, I’ll make my predictions for 2015.  It may be the same as asking a Magic 8 ball, or in the case of that picture, using a Magic 8 ball phone app which you use by turning the phone over and shaking it…

My first prediction is that you’ll start to hear about 5G

Grading 2014 Predictions

December 2, 2014

 I made some bold predictions last year.  Now is the time to face the music and grade myself.

1. Last year I predicted we’d start to see much more messaging and “cool apps” with voice inclusion.

SS7 Signaling Still Alive and Well

November 25, 2014

As operators migrate to IMS and LTE, and thus IP architectures, SS7 signaling has seemingly been left behind.  After all, Diameter is all the rage today as that is where all the growth is.  There are lots of Diameter market size reports but alas, no new SS7 market size reports that I can find.  In fact, I think the last one was many years ago and I probably have it. 

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