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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 »

Where is PacketMan Flying Next?

October 3, 2011


A few weeks ago, PacketMan was thawed from his nine year ice cave and took the time to explore some of the changes during his hibernation, and future expectations of the Packet network.  Another big change right now for PacketMan is what he actually sees as he’s traveling through the network with the other packets.  Increasingly, as he’s traveling along with the packets, he notices multicolor packets, and if they congregate close enough, he’s able to actually view something.  Yes, because a key part of IP communications now is video of all sorts – downloading movies, watching YouTube, making video calls, etc. 


IT Expo West Turns Up the Heat

September 27, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the IT Expo event in Austin, Texas.  After many years of being in Los Angeles, the event organizers decided to move the venue to 102 degree heat.  It’s a dry heat though so it’s OK, right? 

Thrive with Communication Solutions

September 20, 2011



The increased capabilities of mobile networks, the increased capabilities of smartphones, and the increased availability of network based applications go hand in hand as revenue growth and ARPU growth engines.  However, it can be argued that of the three, network- based applications are the most important, because if there were no innovative or interesting applications, the networks would be acting simply as on-ramps to the internet.  And if the networks were just on-ramps to the internet, then they just act as pipes and you’d quickly get to pure commoditization.

PacketMan Re-Emerges

September 13, 2011

Back in 2002, before blogs, Twitter and Facebook, a key way to get your message across was to write articles.  I wrote a monthly article for many years for the famously yellow-colored Internet Telephony Magazine.  Things are a little different now – while there is still a yellow-colored Internet Telephony Magazine and there still is an IT Expo, TMC corporation, who runs both of those, now has a very, very large website, runs webinars, and hosts bloggers.  So the magazine is one of their properties as opposed to the main key property. 

Numbed by Analyst Research - What I Did on My Summer Vacation

September 6, 2011

I spent the summer engorged in analyst research.  It was all over my office.  It was in my briefcase.  It was on my computer and iPad.  It was in my head. 

So What's the Deal with User Experience Convergence?

August 30, 2011

In my last blog, I talked about the effects that convergence may have on the future.  This week, I’d like to address the factors that need to be considered when it comes to user experience convergence.  First of all, the delivery network needs to be context-aware.  For example, what is the type of end-point being used (since you don’t want to send 720P to a CIF device)?  

The Next Wave in Communications Convergence

August 23, 2011

Last week, I wrote about the pro and cons of convergence.  But what does the future hold because of convergence?  Due to the capability of the converged networks, hosted offerings have morphed into cloud computing offerings and we have seen communication-based cloud computing offerings emerge.  Cloud computing is about a $100B business, split between SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, with VoIP/UC accounting for $5B. 

Challenges and Opportunities Abound When it Comes to Convergence

August 16, 2011

In my last blog, I discussed the history of convergence and how it’s affected the telecom industry.  Now, I’d like to talk about the pros and cons of convergence.

Let’s start with the cons.

A Little Background on Communications Convergence

August 9, 2011

Communications convergence has taken many forms, some of which are still going on today.  One key convergence from the 1980’s involved the converging of open-systems based computing with telecommunications.  The computer-telephony integration (CTI) industry was born, and from that, Dialogic emerged as a key player.   The economics of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware in the form of servers and communication boards, with the open-systems, open API approach yielded best-of-breed applications and solutions. 

Outbound Notification in the IP World

August 2, 2011

We’ve all had experience with some kind of outbound notification system – maybe a machine calling to inform you that your childen’s school has been closed due to a snowstorm, or some IT triggered alert about your website, or a very sincere recorded voice calling you right at dinnertime during election season.  Generally, there are two types of outbound notification systems – the commercial ones such as above, or an emergency notification, which includes crisis alerts.  The crisis alerts form a part of the Public Safety segment, which I recently wrote a blog about.

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