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We ask the experts: How can exceptional QoE be achieved in VoLTE networks?

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

What does voice over LTE (VoLTE) offer your subscribers? Better voice quality, including HD voice. Rich communications with messaging and video. And whatever inventive applications you choose to introduce. In other words, VoLTE can provide a superior quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers and give you a competitive edge — particularly when your service operates at its best. 

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In my last blog[CCE1] , our experts explained why an end-to-end strategy is the key to maintaining peak VoLTE performance. Now we’ll look at how this strategy gets put into practice to optimize real-world service offerings. The information here is based on interviews with Luis Venerio who works with our VoLTE Readiness Services team. And his observations come straight from his experience on VoLTE deployments that serve millions of subscribers.

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Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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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. 

Skyping Along

January 10, 2012

Two years ago, Skype was doing about 13% of all International minutes.  One year ago, Skype was doing about 20% of all International minutes.  We should find out soon what the research analysts think Skype’s percent of 2011 International minutes is, but I’m guessing it will be over 25%, perhaps even approaching 30% for 2011. 

The Premise Network, Part 3

January 3, 2012

A few weeks ago, I explored how fast networks and cloud computing are impacting the Premise Network.  This week, the final blog of this series, let me explore some of the apps that could attach themselves to this kind of “new CPE” network.

First of all, we see some movement of so-called “non-essential” apps to the cloud.  A typical one falling into this area is fax. 

2012 Predictions! Oh No!

December 20, 2011

It’s the time of year to make some predictions.

  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. 

Scoring Last Year's Predictions! Oh No!

December 13, 2011

Last year, I made 5 predictions for 2011.  Let’s be honest and see how I did?

 

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Just in Time for the Holidays...Fast, Fast , Fast , FAST!!

December 7, 2011

The Future Premise Network, Part 2

December 6, 2011

Last week, I level-set on what a typical Premise Network might look like today. Advanced networks, including mobile networks, are impacting the definition of the premise though and so this “typical” concept is evolving rapidly.  More and more people are connecting to the enterprise network via mobile devices, even on mobile devices the IT people wish they wouldn’t connect with.  But customer desire is overwhelming the IT people and these devices are coming to the enterprise networks, whether IT managers like it or not. 

The Future Premise Network, Part I

November 29, 2011

Two weeks ago, I presented at the US Telecom Voice Innovation 2011 Conference on the topic “The Premise Network.”   While it might not sound so interesting, the Premise Network is undergoing much change because work is not just a place to go anymore, it’s a state of mind.  The talk was mostly about the future of the premise network, but before I got to that, I needed to level set on what a typical premise enterprise network might look like.  In my estimation, “typical” means there is likely still a traditional TDM network, but only because it’s there and exists and IT doesn’t want to rip it out and remove it, and there is a VoIP network as well.  There is no doubt that on most enterprise networks, VoIP is there and is either the lead communication network overall, or major pieces of the enterprise network have been totally VoIP enabled. 

My iPad, One Year Later

November 22, 2011

About a year ago, I got an iPad to use at work.  About a month after I got it,  I predicted I wouldn’t use it too much since I found the iPad great at consuming content but not creating content.  And I create a lot of content, for instance this blog (yes, this is content to some folks).

Now that the holiday season is upon us and many people out there will be finding iPads in their stockings, I figured I’d tell you how in fact I used mine. 

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