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SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s...

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What Can You Learn from Target?

I was reading a couple of articles about Target. The retailer has not been doing well lately, including closing all Canada...

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Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When...

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How a "Wi-Fi first" strategy benefits EMEA MSOs

By: Steve Davidson, European Marketing Director for Cable, Alcatel-Lucent

From original Alcatel-Lucent TechZine posting

A Wi-Fi first strategy can help multi-system operators (MSOs) remain competitive in the evolving marketplace.  Wi-Fi enabled devices default to using the cable operator’s Wi-Fi network for voice, and cellular equipped devices can switch to cellular when out of Wi-Fi range.

Although nuances in the business drivers for adopting such a strategy vary by region globally, this model turns the traditional cellular voice paradigm on its head.

Just like other communications or media industries, MSOs face a dynamic and extremely competitive market. As a result, in EMEA, they have evolved their end-user offerings to embrace market-leading fixed high speed internet access, Wi-Fi connectivity, and bundled mobile cellular services using mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnerships.

As the pace of change continues to accelerate, subscribers have made a widespread move to Wi-Fi enabled smartphones and tablets. A European commission study stated that 71% of all EU wireless data traffic in 2012 was delivered to smartphones and tablets using Wi-Fi. This is expected to rise to 78% by 2016.

European MSOs have already invested in Wi-Fi and offer data connectivity services in and out of the home. This not only is a customer retention strategy, but also lets MSOs build out further value added services (VAS) and can reduce data costs of their MVNO agreements.  So if we now contemplate the delivery of voice to these Wi-Fi enabled devices, how do we get started?

Existing Mobility Assets

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SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

March 24, 2015

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to get home for the fantasy baseball draft.  Everyone is scattered across the country and uses different methods to call in – people call in from POTS phone, though not as many as the year before, some are on a laptop at home, some have a nice tablets on LTE networks, some are on cellphones, and a few have smartphones over Wi-Fi at a coffee shop. 

Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2015

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s see how SmartPhoneMan interacts with Media Servers. SmartPhoneMan is just like you and me.  He keeps a smartphone on him all the time and has interesting apps downloaded that he thinks makes his life better or allows him to stay in touch more easily. 

Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

March 10, 2015

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When you retrieve a voice mail, have an email read back to you while in the car or get on a conference call, a media server is involved.  Media servers provide the back-end voice and/or video transcoding to/from different networks or to/from different endpoints, play/record, mixing of voice and/or video into mashups or conferences, echo cancellation, text to speech and speech to text, text/picture overlay and simple digit detection to name some of the functions of a media server.

In other words, they enable interactive communication applications.

The MWC 2015 Reality

March 3, 2015

A month ago I wrote a blog about what I’d expect to see at Mobile World Congress.  At that time, I expected to see 5G messaging, NFV, some VoLTE and video.  So how did I do?

Based on being there just on Monday, and based on the fact that I don’t have time to go over to the smartphone and overall consumer gadget area and see what is going on there, and that I’m focusing more on infrastructure, I feel the following is what this MWC is about:

  1. VoLTE messaging is pretty large.

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.

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