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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Solving the Mobile Congestion Crisis, One Network at a Time [Infographic]

September 19, 2012

Lately, service providers have been facing an influx of subscribers who’ve been unable to complete phone calls or send text messages, or have experienced extremely slow data speeds, all the while having to deal with relatively small data caps! This poor mobile experience is partly due to the network congestion issues in the service provider’s mobile data networks. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all experienced this one way or another by now. And if you think it’s getting worse, it is!

Video Communications as an OTT App

September 11, 2012

Two week ago, I explored Voice as an OTT App. Looking at the Cisco VNI report, I went a little deeper into the Voice as a type of data than the high level reporting provided. In the course of doing that, I found that video communications, which is basically video calling, is larger than voice communications. Given that an Exabyte is 1024 Petabytes, in 2016 video calling would be over 30x more prevalent on a mobile data network than voice!

The IP Network Interconnect Problem and the GSMA IPX Solution, Part 2

September 4, 2012

Two weeks ago, I introduced the concept of the IPX as a standardized interconnect service for IP networks.  But what is required to be IPX compliant? One good place to start is by reading the GSMA IPX White Paper.

Voice as an OTT App

August 28, 2012

I’ve been writing a lot in this blog about the wireless industry’s movement to IP and its impact. One obvious impact is the amount of mobile data predicted to be passed along the mobile networks. I’ve cited the Cisco VNI report one source of this data, which you can look at below. One realization from viewing this data is that the on-ramp to the internet is increasingly coming from mobile devices.

The IP Network Interconnect Problem and the GSMA IPX Solution

August 21, 2012

As the industry moves towards full-scale IP networks, the problem of interconnecting all these networks with the different service providers (each with their own IP networks) becomes glaringly important to resolve. And with discussions of a PSTN sunset happening in various countries around the world, full-scale seamless core IP network interconnection becomes ever more urgent. 

Additional complexity is added because we’re not just only talking about voice now. 

Talking About SpeechTEK

August 14, 2012

Yesterday, I attended SpeechTek in New York. With all the hype and bling in our industry revolving around video and data, SpeechTek makes no bones about expanding beyond voice to include “multimodal” self service. However, Siri has revitalized speech itself, and I found the show fairly vitalized because of this. This show is definitely different than it used to be.



The SpeechTek website explains this change best: “Smartphone and tablet applications provide convenient and intuitive interactions by allowing customers to use different input methods (talk, touch, and type) and see and listen to results.

The Promose of the African VAS Market

August 7, 2012

I was asked a question a few weeks ago about “the future” of value-added services in Africa. This question was deeper than it first appeared because the person asking me the question was really wondering whether VAS will be “required” once 3G services, and thus over the top services (OTT), become bigger over time in Africa. Before we really get down to answering the question, it’s important to remember that a value-added service is a service beyond voice that the consumer is willing to pay for. This does not necessarily mean that it has something to do with mobile broadband and smartphones.

BYOD and HTML5

July 31, 2012

Last week I wrote about HTML5 and its impact on apps. One other potential impact of HTML 5 is that it will be less important that your IT department “hands out” specific devices to its employees. I remember just a few short years ago that Dialogic (like many companies) was a Blackberry organization. It just so happened I had the luck of having the first employee in the company who wanted to put his iPhone onto the Dialogic network (yes, you know who you are Vaughn).

HTML5 and Its Impact on the Future Market

July 24, 2012

We just converted the last of our Flash graphics over to HTML5 on the Dialogic website. The difference is not discernible, as you can see below. But it got me to think more about HTML5 and its impact on the industry.



Net Neutrality Back in the Spotlight

July 17, 2012

It’s been about a year and a half since I last wrote about Net Neutrality and it is back in the spotlight again. Right before July 4th, Verizon filed a legal brief that argues the FCC regulations on Net Neutrality violate their free speech and that the FCC really doesn’t have the right to issue the regulations. The timing for this filing, right before July 4th, is likely not an accident. But how does one make the leap to free speech from Net Neutrality?

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