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Mazda Rotary Engine to Cease Electric-Range Anxiety

The rotary or Wankel engine is an automotive marvel. It revs higher than an engine with cylinders and weighs far less. It...

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Invoxia NVX 200 Phone Connects to Apple Watch 3

Forget Dick Tracey, Invoxia takes your watch phone one-step further by allowing you to use a desk phone as the interface to...

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Network Slicing - An A La Carte Network Service in 5G?

I’ve been meaning to write about network slicing for a while.  When 5G was first being written about, network slicing was one...

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Thanks to Actility, Comcast may Build Largest U.S. LoRa Network

There is a race to roll out the largest LoRa network as eventually trillions of devices will need a low-power way to...

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Infosys Applies IoT Analytics To Transform Business

Infosys is no stranger to IoT – they’ve been an innovator for years and we’ve been covering them as they've blossomed. In...

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Pod Group USA: It's a Great Time to be an IoT MVNO

It’s a great time to be an MVNO was the key takeaway from our recent interview with Pod Group USA (Also known...

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Sucky IVR = Sucky Customer Experience. Use Visual IVR As A Solution

January 12, 2016

My wife ordered some “stuff” online from a major retailer.  No news there.  When the merchandise didn’t arrive within a week or so, she called the company to find out where it was.   When she called, I was drinking my morning coffee and she put the entire call on speakerphone because she was expecting to get put on hold.

What should 5G be?

January 5, 2016


There are no specs for 5G yet, but 2015 represented a year of activity about what it should be.  Let me review. 

First of all, there are user driven and network driven requirements. 

Key Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Source Software

December 29, 2015


Dialogic recently commissioned STL Partners to find out more about how service providers view open source software in their networks.  We went into this project understanding there are pros and cons associated with the use of open source.  This study goes into some more detail. Here is an abridged version of what we found:

Advantages:

Questions to ask in choosing the right VNF for your NFV Solution

December 22, 2015

 

Choosing the right Virtual Network Function (VNF) upfront is very important.  A modular piece of software that purports to run a VNF function (like a media server) is not a commoditized piece of software. One cannot just put a VNF in and then take it out and put another VNF of the same sort in and expect everything to be the same.  

2016 Predictions

December 15, 2015



Last week, I graded myself on the predictions I made for 2015.  This week, I’ll make my predictions for 2016.  I did OK for 2015, so I’m going to use the Magic 8 ball phone app to help me again.

NFV: My first prediction is that we’ll see someone claim that they have implemented an NFV network.  Given that 2015 was the year of NFV hype, it’s inevitable someone will make this claim. 



Grading My 2015 Predictions

December 8, 2015

Last year around this time, I made some predictions for the industry for 2015. How did I do?

My first prediction was about hearing about 5G big time, including seeing lots of signage in Mobile World Congress. 

Where is Open Source Software Likely to be found in SPs?

December 1, 2015

Dialogic recently commissioned STL Partners to find out more about how SPs view Open Source software in their networks.  We went into this project with the theory that SPs are less resistant to Open Source than they used to be.  And we found this to be true in that many SPs are in fact using it or openly considering using it. 

What is MANO and why do you need it?

November 24, 2015


MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one? 

First, let’s talk about what MANO is. MANO (short for management and orchestration) essentially manages all cloud-based software network functions (VNFs) in a NFV architecture.

What Would an IoT Service Provider Even Do?

November 17, 2015

Service providers are eager to jump on the IoT train because of the vast opportunities. But what kind of service would they even provide?

NFV Drivers and Inhibitors

November 10, 2015

A recent report titled “When Will NFV Cross the Chasm” contained the results of a survey that was given to communication service providers. I had a good “discussion” with a respected analyst in October regarding why service providers are going to NFV – I argued that the top reason was CAPEX and OPEX reduction since those are the types of discussions I end up having with service providers, and she argued it was service velocity.  Well, if you believe the results of this survey, then we are both wrong!  But I guess I’m more wrong than she is.

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