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Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our...

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ORBCOMM Looks to Become Complete IoT Solutions Service Provider

One of the topics discussed often among communications service providers is whether they want to be relegated to dumb pipes or they...

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Your Phone Just Ate Your Car Key

Are you ready for your new digital future? It’s a great question to ask as the role your mobile phone plays in...

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Doing Business in a Busy, Blurred Environment

Logging on to LinkedIn these days, I have to remind myself that it is in fact LI and not Facebook. The...

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Wireless Carriers Racing to the Bottom

It had to happen eventually - a price war is taking its toll on telecom equipment providers because their customers won't spend...

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SS7 Staying Power

Back in April, I wrote a blog about LTE subscription growth and ended that blog with “by the end of 2020, half of all...

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Channel Partner Enablement Tools

It seems that Channel Enablement is starting to become a thing again. "What is the definition of Channel Partner Enablement? Sometimes...

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Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

October 18, 2016

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our boards and wanted to talk about them.  I still remember the event that tipped me - someone asked me if a PEB bus could go to 5 feet in length.  (Note: I knew the answer back then, but I don’t remember what it was – probably no, though).

Anyway, I recently wore my Dialogic shirt in an airport for the first time in 15 years and voila, I got stopped by someone. 

SS7 Staying Power

October 11, 2016

Back in April, I wrote a blog about LTE subscription growth and ended that blog with “by the end of 2020, half of all mobile connections will NOT be LTE.  In fact, in 2015, 3G still grew.”  On June 9th, the GSA put a press releaseout about LTE, but that press release also contained the words “3G/HSPA subscriptions grew by 48 million” in Q1 2016.  So even though all we hear about is LTE these days, 3G remains important.And with 3G growth, there is also SS7 growth.  SS7 has been in the background of 3G signaling and continues to be an important element in any 3G buildout.

LTE and Voice - Destined to be Together?

October 4, 2016

We all love LTE – we love the speed, we love the easy on-ramp to the internet, and we love the quality of video it enables to mobile devices of all sorts.  But voice with LTE – many of us haven’t yet been given the chance to experience.  They are destined to be together – voice in LTE is a type of data, and the mobile service providers will need to reduce expenses and retire the old 3G networks (which can be used for voice), in favor of a single network.  The LTE Voice Summit next week in London explores these issues.

Coming of the Mobile Advertising Age

September 27, 2016

Many of you probably know about the yearly Internet Trends report that comes out from Mary Meeker.  There is always a lot of thought-provoking information in there, and if you are interested in macro trends and their potential impacts, that’s a great place to start.

One area she covered is mobile advertising.  Given that mobile is an on-ramp to the internet, and by many estimates access to the internet via mobile devices is past 50% now compared to access via desktop, it makes sense that internet models of making money would or should become prevalent in the mobile world. 

Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - Enterprises

September 20, 2016

From an enterprise value-added services perspective, voice conferencing could be a good one.  Enterprises still need to host conferences, so conferences that can be on-demand would provide value. Adding video to a voice conference, and enabling collaboration to that conference, would be even better.  Expanding out a traditional service like this is a good example of a VAS that a service provider could offer and get paid for. 

Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - Leveraging the Device

September 13, 2016

Looking at the subscriber from a different perspective, that is, one who is going to use the mobile device as an on-ramp to the internet, the service provider can embrace the Internet model of making money: extracting value add from the advertisers instead of the subscriber. Half of all internet traffic is from mobile, which means there’s huge opportunity for location-based advertising. I’ve started to see mobile ads now, and given the prevalence of ads when accessing the internet from our laptop, I’m not as taken aback by ads on my phone as I might have been at one time.  The time is probably right now for this. 

Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - RCS

September 6, 2016

Mobile Value-Added Services (VAS) has historically meant any kind of service beyond voice where the service provider could charge an additional fee. Because it was “value” and it was “added” the thinking was to charge extra for the added value.  And these value-added services at one time produced revenue in the double-digit billions of dollars for the mobile service providers.  This included SMS until texting became a commodity, and then all kinds of interesting applications such as color ring back tones, mobile music, gaming, etc.

Open Source Software and NFV

August 30, 2016

Early this year, Dialogic commissioned STL Partners to find out more about how service providers view open source software in their networks.  I’ve written about this a few times in my blogs.  Recently, I’ve been reading about service providers saying that they want more open source software in their networks, especially as it relates to NFV. 

End of Messaging?

August 23, 2016

Chetan Sharma has been discoursing on what he calls the “4th wave of mobile communications” for some time.  And I’ve commented on some of this from time to time.  He recently put out an update of the 4th wave paper called the “4th Wave Index: Benchmarking the Growth and Evolution of the Mobile Ecosystem.”  It’s an excellent paper.  On the last page, there is a bold subhead that totally caught my eye. 

Robocalls Call for Service Provider Intervention

August 16, 2016

Robocalls have been getting quite a bit of ink lately in the United States.  Robocalls are those annoying auto-dialer calls you may get.  The US FCC has stepped in and asked the US service providers to provide robocall blocking services.  In many ways, this really is nothing new. 

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