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Sorry Apple, This is Really Samsung's Month

I find if you write about Android or Apple, you are often a target for people who will flame you on social...

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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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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. 

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)?  

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