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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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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. 

Mobile Video Quality of Experience, Part I

January 31, 2012

Device manufacturers and carriers are touting the quality and speed of their offerings. You’ve probably noticed that they’re always advertising how fast movies and videos can be downloaded, the quality of video streaming, and the sharpness of video quality.  Meanwhile, television networks and other content providers are promoting the convenience of video on demand. Together, this provides an expectation among consumers that not only will they be able to view everything from football games to their favorite shows wherever and whenever they want, but that the experience will be similar to watching the same content in real time.

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. 

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