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Why E-Mail Sucks and How to Make it Smarter

Many of us live in email. I get hundreds per day and I need almost every message. I am also a source...

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The Contact Center's Seemingly Oxymoronic Play: How to Decrease Costs Yet Improve Customer Service

I was recently asked to talk to some of our many contact center customers about the new contact center trends.  It...

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The New Facet of Customer Experience Management - Field Service 2.0

By: Rhodo Odysseos, Product/Solution Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, and Jess Verbruggen, Motive Integrated Marketing Assistant, Alcatel-Lucent

Traditionally, communications service providers (CSPs) have treated the field service aspect of their organization as a cost center. Field technicians engaged in maintenance activities were simply a part of the cost of doing business.  More recently, the communications industry in general and the field service arena in particular, has been disrupted by immense changes in the customer profile, service expectations, and behaviors.

Field service is often the only face of the company that a customer will ever see, so it’s not a surprise that CSPs are striving to make a positive impact on customers in this realm. Achieving full potential in field service saves CSPs a lot of time and money. Productivity and efficiency reviews targeted at field service operations, done correctly, can reinforce other areas of the business by increasing customer satisfaction and improving safety and quality. 

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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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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.

The Impact of $100 Smartphones

April 24, 2012

In last week’s blog I explored the surge in mobile data traffic. And when economical smartphones enter the scene, most likely throughout the course of 2012, the surge will simply continue. The IDC Asia “Confronting Telecom’s Network Challenge” report says, “Consumer behavior in these markets will be similar to that in mature markets. Consumers in mature markets have demonstrated an addictive nature to mobile applications…”

The Wireless Data Challenge

April 17, 2012

We’ve all read about the surge in wireless data traffic which has been happening for the past few years and is expected to continue going forward. You probably know people who own a smartphone and an iPad and a laptop and use all of those devices. Or you know people who are seemingly glued to their iPhones all day. So in your little world, you get it.

The Need for Data Speed: A Bizarre and Unexpected Trip to the Past

April 10, 2012

Last month, I was in Hong Kong for business. From an internet access perspective, I was expecting great things since Hong Kong has been a leader with internet access over the years. However; it turned out to be one of the worst internet connectivity experiences I’ve had in a hotel since the broadband era emerged. The hotel literally was at dial-up speeds for me.

The Over the Top Dilemma - Hug, Stiff Arm or Keep Enemies Close? Part 3

April 3, 2012

This blog series has delved into the Over the Top dilemma that was highlighted in the opening keynotes from Mobile World Congress which took place at the end of February. The dilemma for service providers is that they are competing in the area of communications services with the companies who are providing services on their data networks. And these services are taking revenue away from the service providers, who require CAPEX and OPEX to run the networks.

Last week, I explored at a high level what a service provider could do to compete, such as offering a unique twist to a value-added service. One area this could be in is the mobile video conferencing arena.

The Over the Top Dilemma - Hug, Stiff Arm or Keep Enemies Close? Part 2

March 27, 2012

Last week I delved further into the Over the Top (OTT) players competing with the service providers that their services are running on. I ended that blog with comments about service providers needing to “offer value” and a forward pointer here to this blog. So what can they do to compete with the OTT players?

1.  First of all, the service providers know how to really bill.

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.
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