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What's With the MSO Consolidation?

Charter was the first company to make a play for TWC. Now reports are in that Charter is chasing Bright House....

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Expect Security Funding Bubble to Pop in 3-5 Years

Security is one of the hottest areas in tech right now. Indeed, there is infinite possibility in this space because technology...

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SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s...

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What Can You Learn from Target?

I was reading a couple of articles about Target. The retailer has not been doing well lately, including closing all Canada...

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Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When...

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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. 

The Premise Network, Part 3

January 3, 2012

A few weeks ago, I explored how fast networks and cloud computing are impacting the Premise Network.  This week, the final blog of this series, let me explore some of the apps that could attach themselves to this kind of “new CPE” network.

First of all, we see some movement of so-called “non-essential” apps to the cloud.  A typical one falling into this area is fax. 

2012 Predictions! Oh No!

December 20, 2011

It’s the time of year to make some predictions.

  1. 2012 will be year of interactivity.  What does that mean?  The increased penetration of smartphones worldwide, with worldwide 3G network buildout, will enable more mobile interactivity via social networking tools like Facebook and Skype instant messaging. 
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