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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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How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry...

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The Race to Gigabit is About Business

The cable companies racing to Gigabit networks isn't about delivering ultra-fast broadband to consumers. The Gigabit announcements get them good PR...

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Four Ways Cable Operators Can Boost the Customer Experience

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

The customer experience has always mattered, but its importance has grown in recent years. This has been driven by increased global competition, including the almost instant availability of alternations, and the rising expectations by fickle and informed consumer. Yet, cable operators have a long way to travel if they want to deliver the customer experience (CX) that consumers demand.

The Temkin Group’s Q3 2014 survey of 10,000 US consumers’ opinions about goods and services registered the lowest ranking average Net Promoter Score (NPS) for pay TV providers, a telling statistic. Internet service providers did almost as poorly, coming in only one position higher.

“As technology innovations drive shifts in consumer behavior and open new service opportunities, operators must start eliminating pain points,” stressed Alcatel-Lucent’s Nicholas Cadwgan in a recent TechZine article, Cable MSOs transform the customer experience. “This includes any obstacles that will impede their ability to launch and provide adequate care and quality assurance for those services.”

Cadwgan lays out four customer experience management (CEM) areas that cable operators should focus on.

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HP Can't Compete in Public Cloud as Amazon Machine Learning Launches

There are long-term trends in technology we all know are happening. Computers will get more powerful. More devices will be connected. Finally,...

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Connecting at Gitex!

October 23, 2012

Last week, I attended the Gitex tradeshow in Dubai.  There are a lot of different sections to the tradeshow but overall, the show is huge.   The telecommish section is like a mini Mobile World Congress for the Middle East.  In fact, when I went into the booth section, I could have easily been at Mobile World Congress.



Visionaries Lead the Way

October 16, 2012

A visionary may have the ability to lead you out of the desert.  But for those of us in technology, who live every day in a fast-paced, ever-changing world, a visionary can help lead the way with “skating to where the puck is going to be” as Wayne Gretzky once put it.  Anticipating the future by understanding all that is happening to shape the future is a difficult task.  Not impossible, but difficult.

The Multimedia Enabled Cloud

October 9, 2012

When I was at IT Expo, I participated in a panel for the Cloud Communications Expo as part of the conference. The title of this panel was “Cloud Communications for the Enterprise.” We ended up having a good interactive chat with the audience which covered a variety of topics.

I had some material prepared that we never got to, so I figured I should discuss the concepts here. First of all, it’s important to know that just like there are different types of clouds up in the sky, there are different types of clouds that enterprises can use. There are private, public, and hybrid “in-between” clouds.

Blogging and Tweeting and Writing, Oh No!

October 2, 2012

Some of you may have noticed that a few weeks ago I entered the realm of tweeting. Some may ask “what took you so long?” Some may have just said to themselves, “You gotta be kidding me.” Well, to the point about what took you so long, it was really about making sure I would be able to follow through. If I do something, I want to make sure I will do it and I was worried about carrying through on the commitment. I already blog once per week like clockwork, and I frequently write articles on top of my “regular” job, so I was reluctant to enter the realm of Shaq, Kim Kardashian and the like. 

Who's Going to Deliver Mobile Video Services?

September 25, 2012

On October 4th, I will be speaking at the Mobility Tech Conference and Expo in Austin, Texas.

The title of the talk is called “When Visions Collide” and the abstract reads in part “Do service providers have the ability to make the transition to video calls or should we accept that these calls are going to be ‘Over the Top’?”

I’d like to explore that topic a bit in this blog prior to the talk next week.

Solving the Mobile Congestion Crisis, One Network at a Time [Infographic]

September 19, 2012

Lately, service providers have been facing an influx of subscribers who’ve been unable to complete phone calls or send text messages, or have experienced extremely slow data speeds, all the while having to deal with relatively small data caps! This poor mobile experience is partly due to the network congestion issues in the service provider’s mobile data networks. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all experienced this one way or another by now. And if you think it’s getting worse, it is!

Video Communications as an OTT App

September 11, 2012

Two week ago, I explored Voice as an OTT App. Looking at the Cisco VNI report, I went a little deeper into the Voice as a type of data than the high level reporting provided. In the course of doing that, I found that video communications, which is basically video calling, is larger than voice communications. Given that an Exabyte is 1024 Petabytes, in 2016 video calling would be over 30x more prevalent on a mobile data network than voice!

The IP Network Interconnect Problem and the GSMA IPX Solution, Part 2

September 4, 2012

Two weeks ago, I introduced the concept of the IPX as a standardized interconnect service for IP networks.  But what is required to be IPX compliant? One good place to start is by reading the GSMA IPX White Paper.

Voice as an OTT App

August 28, 2012

I’ve been writing a lot in this blog about the wireless industry’s movement to IP and its impact. One obvious impact is the amount of mobile data predicted to be passed along the mobile networks. I’ve cited the Cisco VNI report one source of this data, which you can look at below. One realization from viewing this data is that the on-ramp to the internet is increasingly coming from mobile devices.

The IP Network Interconnect Problem and the GSMA IPX Solution

August 21, 2012

As the industry moves towards full-scale IP networks, the problem of interconnecting all these networks with the different service providers (each with their own IP networks) becomes glaringly important to resolve. And with discussions of a PSTN sunset happening in various countries around the world, full-scale seamless core IP network interconnection becomes ever more urgent. 

Additional complexity is added because we’re not just only talking about voice now. 

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