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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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The Disruption, and subsequent innovation from WebRTC, part 2

January 15, 2013

In last week’s blog, I explored why WebRTC could be game-changing.  In this blog, I will go a bit deeper into these changes.  Even for a company like Dialogic, with our software media server and software signaling stacks enabling other companies to create innovative applications, it is significant for a variety of reasons.

First of all, when we create our enabling platforms, we have to make sure we test for Android, iPhone, etc.

The Disruption, and subsequent innovation from WebRTC, part 1

January 8, 2013

Over the course of my career, I have worked with many disruptive technologies. Perhaps the most disruptive so far have been Voice Over IP (VoIP) which has literally changed the telecom industry, and WiFi since it was the first to untether us from our desks.  

But there is a new technology on the horizon which has the potential to be just as impactful- Web Real Time Communications (WebRTC).  Perhaps you’ve heard of it and thought it was just a new API?

Using your Cell Phone to pay for Parking

January 1, 2013

When I was in Washington, DC in early November for the US Telecom “Voice Innovation Summit” I was floored when I was walking around and saw signs to “pay for your parking with your phone”.  I’ve seen and witnessed a lot of mobile value-added service applications around the world, but not typically first in the US.  So when I saw this I actually did a double-take.  This stuff just doesn’t happen in the US first.

When is Wi-Fi not Wi-Fi - When it's Super

December 26, 2012


At IT Expo a few months ago (I know, I know, I’m just getting around to writing about it!), I wandered into the Super Wi-Fi area.  After all, Wi-Fi has had a profound impact on a lot of our lives.  And Super always sounds better.  So I wanted to find out about this.


5 Things Mobile Carriers Should Want to Find in their Stockings

December 18, 2012

Times are tough for mobile carriers.  ARPUs have been declining. OTT players are offering services that used to be their services over their own mobile broadband networks and getting millions of people to use them. (WHAT is THAT ALL ABOUT?)  And there isn’t enough CAPEX to keep up.  

IPX to Stop the Many, Many, Many, Many Network Interconnect Chaos

December 11, 2012

A few weeks ago, I spoke at the US Telecom “Voice Innovation Summit”.  I was placed in the part of the conference titled “From POTS to Communication Free-For-all”.  My point of view is that even though yes, there are many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many different types of IP Networks, it really doesn’t have to be a free-for-all.  First of all, connectivity is happening today, so it’s fine in a certain respect. 

My 2103 Predictions

December 4, 2012

This is the time of year that I’ll make my industry predictions for the next calendar year.  First of all, I would like to say that there will be a 2013.  I know the Mayan calendar ends on December 21st, but if I really believed that, then I wouldn’t really be making any 2013 predictions, would I?  Plus, even if the Mayans are right, then no one will be around to know I predicted a 2013. 

Grading My 2012 Predictions

November 27, 2012

It’s that horrible time of year to grade my 2012 predictions from a year ago. 

1. 2012 will be year of interactivity.  What does that mean?  The increased penetration of smartphones worldwide, with worldwide 3G network buildout, will enable more mobile interactivity via social networking tools like Facebook and Skype instant messaging.

A view of the African telecommunications market - moving towards solutions

November 20, 2012

(This blog is the 3rd in a 3 part series.)

According to Wireless Intelligence Q3 2012 data, Africa is the world’s fastest growing region for mobile, as 3G passes the 10% mark for all wireless subscriptions on the continent.  And there is a huge upside as Wireless Intelligence also reports that African mobile penetration is just 33%, so the upside is tremendous.  There are even LTE rollouts in some countries.  This is important since as seen in other parts of the world, 3G or better is a tipping-point since this represents mobile on-ramp technology due to the speed of the 3G connection. 

A view of the African telecommunications market - the challenge

November 13, 2012

Last week I looked at the reality of the African telecommunications market.  Today I will look at the challenge ahead.  

In Africa, satellite technology, not nearly the speed of fiber or advanced wireless networks, is used often as a communication network and this definitely factors in to the speed of the networks, or lack thereof, discussed last week.

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