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Trends in America

There is a rising trend in America toward the non-worker. The former US Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, has been talking...

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NFV vs. SDN

I have written in the past about NFV and SDN being complementary. Now that some time has gone on, I wanted...

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Optical Network Terminal (ONT) Provisioning Made Simple

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) enables providers to deliver more bandwidth and better services to customers, but service provisioning can be a substantial headache since FTTH networks are shared and therefore the optical network terminal (ONT) location is not known. Not knowing the ONT location, currently operators must send a technician to the customer’s home to establish the right location and apply service provisioning.

Alcatel-Lucent understands this problem well, and it has taken steps to ease the pain of FTTH service provisioning by developing its ONT Easy Start solution.

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Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running...

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Charter Ditches Wholesale

Charter made some moves recently including bidding from Bright House Networks, bidding for TWC and re-branding its business services. It lost...

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Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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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.

A view of the African telecommunications market - the reality

November 6, 2012

Dialogic has a long and rich history in the African telecommunications market.  We value our business and customers in the region and estimate our products are deployed in over 80% of the countries on the continent.  On the eve of AfricaCom 2012 we look at the state and evolution of the African telecommunications market via a series of blogs in this space today, November 13th, and November 20th.

All emerging markets have the potential for explosive growth, and the African telecommunications market is starting to deliver on its immense promise. 

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