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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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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.

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. 

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