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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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Over the Top Dilemma - Hug, Stiff Arm or Keep Enemies Close? Part 1

March 20, 2012

As I stated in my blog two weeks ago, at Mobile World Congress there was discussion about the top guys not paying their fair share.   At the opening keynotes during MWC, Telecom Italia and AT&T especially noted the competition from Over the Top players.  For instance, the ITU is reporting that SMS revenues are declining as users adopt different ways of messaging, including Over the Top services.

HD Voice Status

March 13, 2012

It’s been a while since I reported on the status of mobile HD Voice. Wideband voice codecs, which double the audio frequency spectrum encoded, are important since they give new clarity to talking on the phone. I’ve spoken to colleagues with wideband codecs on enterprise networks and it makes a huge difference.   If you don’t believe me, watch this video on YouTube.

Mobile World Congress 2012 Themes

March 6, 2012

Mobile World Congress was last week.  And while I was personally busy (see below) I did have time to check out the show and notice some key themes.

1.  There was quite a bit of hype about “User Experience.”  Dialogic has been speaking about this for some time, and in fact, our theme at MWC was about our ability to improve the Mobile Experience. 

Mobile Experience and Mobile World Congress

February 27, 2012

Mobile World Congress started today.   If you have not been to one of these shows, it’s an experience you will not soon forget.  If you walk by our pavilion on the main Avenue (AV-114), you will see a front graphic that looks like the image below.  The giant QR code will go to a video relating to Quality of Experience monitoring and tracking software that Dialogic announced just prior to Mobile World Congress.

Mobile Video Quality of Experience, Part 3

February 21, 2012

In last week’s blog, I discussed a new way that video quality can be measured, i.e. measuring perceptual quality of experience.  This week, I am going to build on that idea, and talk about the benefits that this type of measurement can have to operators.  For starters, once an operator can validate the perceptual quality for a specific piece of video content, the operator can increase revenue through a wide range of offers, including subscriptions or pay-per-view.

Mobile Video Quality of Experience, Part 2

February 14, 2012

Two weeks ago, I talked about the rise in sales of video-enabled mobile devices and how consumers now expect exceptional quality since they are paying extra for premium services.  But how can video quality really be measured?

Traditional methods of measuring video quality focused around QoS, and usually involved some technical measure of network performance that dates back to voice technology.

Mobile Video Conferencing and IT Expo

February 7, 2012

IT Expo East was held last week in Miami.

One thing I like to do at shows is to figure out if there is a clear theme or not.  Sometimes there is, and sometimes there isn’t. 

Mobile Video Quality of Experience, Part I

January 31, 2012

Device manufacturers and carriers are touting the quality and speed of their offerings. You’ve probably noticed that they’re always advertising how fast movies and videos can be downloaded, the quality of video streaming, and the sharpness of video quality.  Meanwhile, television networks and other content providers are promoting the convenience of video on demand. Together, this provides an expectation among consumers that not only will they be able to view everything from football games to their favorite shows wherever and whenever they want, but that the experience will be similar to watching the same content in real time.

Mighty Morphing of the Network Border Element, Part 2

January 24, 2012

In last week’s blog, I introduced this graph showing the history and expected trends for network border elements - the Media Gateway and the SBC.



Graph derived from Infonetics data, November 2011







There are two interesting things going on in this graph.  First of all, you see the gateways declining and the SBCs growing as time goes on. 

Mighty Morphing of the Network Border Element, Part I

January 17, 2012

Network Border Elements connect two types of networks to each other, sitting at the edge, or border, of each network.  Looking at the data below from Infonetics, you can see a trend developing from back in 2007, which we will explore in more detail in next week’s blog. 

The wireline service provider border element of choice back in 2007 was a gateway. 

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