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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

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

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

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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. 

Mobile Payments and the Role of SS7

November 15, 2011

Back in June, I wrote a blog about mobile commerce and using your phone to pay for services, or using your phone to enable mobile banking.  These are all huge growth opportunities for the industry. 

I wanted to follow that up with some comments about how this works. 

Pure Kryptonite for SMS?

November 8, 2011

The last few months, I have been thinking a lot about SMS.  We’ve had customers deploy and develop voice and video SMS solutions, which are innovative in their own right, and we’ve seen what Twitter can do.  But at a very high level, what is the future of SMS?  

Smartphones and Aliens: Why Does This Not Compute?!

November 1, 2011

Given Halloween was just yesterday, and some Aliens came to my door to get candy, it got me thinking…

When you look at the picture below, the takeaway should be – WOW, there are A LOT of smartphones in the United States.

Keep this fact is in your head.  You may also know that seemingly most UFO sightings occur in the United States. 

The Land (and soon to be land) of the Mobile Internet

October 25, 2011

Last week I visited Japan and China.  Japan truly is the land of the mobile internet, as pretty much all 120M mobile subscribers are on 3G now, with something like 25% of mobile subscribers expected to be on LTE by 2015.  It’s interesting having great mobile internet connections.  One of my colleagues was using an iPhone and got great connectivity, at faster rates than he was used to in the US.  

Russian Winter in Early October and Italian Bling

October 18, 2011

In early October, I visited Moscow to attend Capacity Russia and CIS.   Everyone I was with kept telling me it looked like a regular Russian winter day (except it wasn’t cold ).  See the picture above and you get the idea.  Red Square was more than I expected and I was particularly impressed with the memorial to WWII soldiers just off the Red Square. 

Which FoIP Codec is Best? The Definitive Answer

October 11, 2011

On July 19th, I wrote a blog about Fax and FoIP and the cloud, and I got a few questions in regarding which codec to use when FoIPing, T.38 or G.711.  And since Dialogic just wrote a white paper called “Considerations for Using T.38 versus G.711 for Fax over IP.” I was ecstatic that I’d have a short answer.

Before we get to the simple answer, it’s important to understand a few things. 

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