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The Unique role of the Service Provider with a SmartHome

  As last week's blog described, a SmartHome is a complicated place today.  A service provider could tie all of these different...

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The SmartHome, The Service Provider, and Connectivity

The SmartHome market is important for consumers for many reasons - energy savings, additional security and improved quality of life to name...

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Part 3 of Pros and Cons of Hosted vs. CPE Phone Systems

In part 2 of this series I discussed price. Now let’s wrap up this series and talk about Unified Communications, features and...

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How to Prepare for The Future of Work

The future of work continues to change and the predictions of mass joblessness as a result of AI and robotic automation have...

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Pros and Cons of Hosted vs. On Premise Phone Systems (Part 2)

In Part 1 we discussed some of the considerations that would affect a cloud vs on-premise solution. Now I’d like to start...

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Pros and Cons of Hosted vs. On Premise Phone Systems

Purchasing communications infrastructure equipment for your business, whether it’s data routers, SBCs or phone communication systems is difficult.  There are many vendor...

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Making Sense of Blockchain and Nothing Can Be Hidden in it?

The Bitfury Group and First Block Capital, on January 11, 2018, announced they had invested in Emercoin and would support the ground-breaking...

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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.

Telecom Application Developer Summit and Innovation

November 3, 2015

TADS is coming up, which is great news.  This conference is devoted to telecom application developers, which, when you stop to think about it, is pretty important for telecom success.  I mean if telecom was just about making a phone call, or sending an email, or posting something on social media, then life might be pretty boring.   But telecom apps enrich the basic experience because: 

  • Telecom enables interactivity over distances and keeps us all closer together. 
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