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Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Sonos BOOST, For Music in Tough to Reach Places

I’ve been using Sonos as an in-home streaming solution for many years and since it relies on WiFi it provides infinite levels...

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IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story

Service providers typically have infrastructure from multiple vendors installed in their networks.  Mostly this is by design since they don’t want...

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Notes from Connections 2014 Part Deux

More notes from BSFT Connections 2014 in the desert by friends of my at the show. These notes are from ANPI's...

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HD Voice is Not Just for Making Better Phone Calls

July 3, 2012

Even though all we seemingly hear about these days in the communications industry (including many a time in this blog) revolves around wireless broadband, LTE, cool new tablets, and the ever increasing video usage from these smart devices, it’s important to remember that voice services still play a key role. The annual SpeechTEK conference is a good reminder of how important voice is. I will be speaking at this year’s event in August in New York about cloud-based HD Voice.



Ubiquitous Video Calling - Myth or Reality?

June 26, 2012

We all have the same expectations when we place a phone call – it’s going to work and go through. Not going through doesn’t even enter your mind. Whether it’s the landline in your house calling another house or a mobile phone, or the business phone calling another business phone or a mobile phone, you just pick up the phone and dial - and it works. That’s just how it is.

Now put yourself into the realm of making a video phone call.

The Mobile VAS Ecosystem on a Page

June 19, 2012

Last month, I wrote about the Mobile VAS Ecosystem and I was asked a few questions about this topic. I figured the best way to answer these questions was to show this slide and then explain the slide.

First of all, Value Added Services (VAS), in the context of what I’ve been writing about for a long time, are services that consumers would be willing to pay extra for, and would be network-based services.

Backhaul Optimization Technology Even in the Ethernet Backhaul World

June 12, 2012

Last week I talked about mobile backhaul and optimization of the backhaul playing a key role going forward. Another item to consider with backhaul is the movement of backhaul from TDM to Ethernet. There is significant movement in this space going on right now, with Ethernet growing and TDM declining as you would expect. And this trend will clearly keep going as the wireless industry moves to 4G/LTE.

Additionally, this large market and shift to Ethernet backhaul has attracted the attention of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), who have announced Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and their “Mobile Backhaul Initiative.” Essentially, Carrier Ethernet 2.0 enables multiple classes of service over interconnected networks.

The Case for Backhaul Optimization Technology

June 5, 2012

We all understand that mobile subscriptions are growing, and that pretty soon there will be more connected mobile devices on the planet than there are people. And I’ve written in this space before about the Cisco Visual Networking Index, which gives interesting information about past and future mobile data use. One interesting tidbit that came from the last report from February 2012 is that although smartphones represent only 12% of total global handsets today, they account for over 82% of global handset traffic. 

SBCs: A New Necessity for Service Providers and Enterprises, Part 3

May 29, 2012

Three weeks ago, I wrote about the benefits that Session Border Controllers (SBCs) can have for both service providers and enterprises. This week, I’d like to talk about some new applications that SBCs can help enable.

Traditionally, there have been  two general "use cases" for an SBC:

  • As an "interconnect" device located at the "peering" border, or Network-to-Network Interface (NNI), between interconnecting carrier network
  • As an "access" device, in which the SBC protects the edge of a service provider network and provides SIP trunking to an enterprise. 

The Mobile VAS Ecosystem

May 22, 2012

Last week in Thailand, Dialogic held an event for our APAC customers. Although Dialogic is evolving to provide more and more service provider infrastructure products like Softswitches, SBCs and mobile backhaul optimization solutions, the technology enabling part of our business continues to remain vital and important. As such, it was natural for us to hold an “Innovation Panel” where we got a mix of Value Added Service (VAS) solution providers, Dialogic GMs and an analyst to discuss the VAS ecosystem. APAC has always been at the forefront of innovative VAS applications, being the birthplace (on Dialogic enabling technology of course!) of CRBT, Mobile Radio, Voice SMS and countless other VAS applications. 

Real, Live Video Conferencing of Smart Devices on LTE, WiFi and 3G

May 15, 2012

Last week at CTIA, during a scheduled press conference on May 8th at 11:00AM, Dialogic demonstrated the future of video conferencing by tying together collaborative input including live people and video streams, on various devices, on various advanced networks, in a single video conference.

What is so special about this? Well, it’s believed to be the first public demonstration of its kind.

SBCs: A New Necessity for Service Providers and Enterprises, Part 2

May 8, 2012

In my blog from last week, I talked about today’s communications network environment and how Session Border Controllers (SBCs) are critical when it comes to interconnecting TDM and IP networks. This week, I’d like to talk about the specific benefits that SBCs offer service providers and enterprises.

Basically, there are many things that an SBC can do well.

Session Border Controllers: A New Necessity for Service Providers and Enterprises, Part 1

May 1, 2012

Today’s communications networking environment is rapidly changing and very complex. IP has become the new transport methodology for delivering voice and video services, while converged applications are growing quickly and video is expanding at exponential rates. More and more IP networks are being installed and used today as core networks, which until recently were considered "adjunct" networks connected to "core" TDM networks through gateways.

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