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What is TADS all about?

On November 12 and 13 TADS will happen.  TADS bills itself in the following way: “TADSummit (TADS) is focused on building...

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Will George Clooney's Wedding Popularize Burner Phones in Your Company?

This morning, news broke that even more celebrity nude photos of have leaked and that George Clooney handed out burner phones to...

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Consumer Reports Confirms iPhone 6 Bendgate Overblown

// Consumer Reports used a three-point flexural test to determine how much force different large devices could...

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Finally Some Sanity at the FAA and EASA

For many years I have complained about FAA regulations that defied logic. In 2008 I said the following when pondering if gadgets...

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The Myth of the Bendable iPhone 6 Plus

I spent a good deal of time in the Apple Store today bending iPhone 6 Plus models. Guess what... None of them...

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How Apple Shattered this Startup's Plans

Over a year ago the web was abuzz with talk of a new mobile payments player Clinkle which was to have a...

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Will VoLTE and the iPhone6 Finally be the Vehicle to Monetize Mobile Video?

VoLTE doesn’t just mean Voice over LTE.  It also means Video over LTE.  IMS/LTE includes support for IR.94 which describes how...

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Mobile Backhaul and Revenue Prediction Curves

June 23, 2011

How come seemingly every revenue prediction curve I see has one of two forms – the “scary” curve which I show above, or the “hockey stick” curve which is the opposite of this?  There are options in-between, which in fact are probably more realistic, but people like to show extremes to make a point.  I write this because earlier this week, I attended Light Reading’s Backhaul and Core Strategies for Mobile Operators Conference in New York.  Telllabs put a chart like this up when talking about the mobile operators’ “profit crisis,” meaning that revenue/bit is declining faster than cost/bit. 

Mobile Money is Not a Port-o-ATM

June 20, 2011

In doing research for this blog, the first search that comes up when typing in “Mobile Money” is for a company that provides mobile ATM machines.  Well, let me be the first to tell you that port-o-ATMs are not the entirety of what mobile money is all about.

I have long been intrigued by the prospect of using your phone to pay for services – simply swipe your phone at something that’s near (or part of) the cash register and your phone acts like a credit card. 

Differences in Mobile Value-Added Services Around the World

June 14, 2011

Since I travel around the world quite a bit, I am frequently asked what the differences are in mobile value-added services in the different regions. First of all, there are many, many services and every time I go someplace, I find out about a new one.  Sometimes I write about them in this blog.

The Significance of the FCC Data Roaming Ruling

June 7, 2011

On April 7th, the FCC ruled that facilities-based providers of commercial mobile data networks need to offer data roaming arrangements to other commercial providers of mobile data networks on reasonable terms.  In other words, AT&T and Verizon need to offer data roaming connectivity to the other mobile data network providers, which would include the likes of MetroPCS, Leap Wireless, etc.  As you might expect, the Rural Cellular Association (RCA) gave this ruling a big thumbs up, because now they can strike deals with AT&T and Verizon to allow data roaming.  Marketing “data roaming” would theoretically draw more subscribers to them.

ITW and an iPad App

May 31, 2011

Last week, I attended the International Telecoms Week (ITW) in Washington, DC.  It’s a very interesting and unique show for the global wholesale telecommunications community to essentially trade minutes.  They do this at what they call “bilateral tables,” which are, well, tables where one party sits on one side and the other party sits on the other side.  And there are rows and rows of these bilateral tables throughout the venue.

Open Source + JAIN SLEE: Mobicents Makes Sense

May 24, 2011

Service Logic Execution Environments (SLEE) play an important role in the telecommunications network, especially when creating applications that marry the web and mobile experience.

Now, you don’t have to use SLEE and you don’t have to use Open Source to create applications that marry the web and mobile experience, but if you are apt to use Open Source as your development philosophy and are interested in an Open Source platform, then Mobicents is the way to go, since it’s the world’s only Open Source JAIN SLEE platform.  Mobicents was acquired by RedHat in 2007, and is part of the JBOSS Communications Platform, also part of RedHat, so they have a great track record in the Open Source telecoms world. 

The African Telecommunications Opportunity

May 17, 2011

I was in Accra, Ghana last week for a customer and prospect event.  Africa is on the cusp of incredible internet and mobile growth.  Submarine cables are coming in, which means more bandwidth.  And fiber is coming in to interconnect the continent, which means more bandwidth. 

Parallels Between the Music Industry and the Telecom Industry

May 10, 2011

When I was in Singapore in April for the Telecom Asia Awards and Conference 2011, one of the most interesting talks was given by Sandy Monteiro of Universal Music.   Here is a link to an interview he did with TelecomAsia back in January which is also interesting. 

His talk was mainly about the revenue/ARPU parallels between the music industry and the telecom industry.  Revenue in the music industry has fallen from all time highs from over 10 years ago to half of that revenue today, due mainly to digitized music.

From Opportunity to Reality!

May 5, 2011

If you read my last three blogs, then you know that there are a number of ways that mobile networks can be monetized, and this provides a tremendous opportunity for service providers.  However, we must all play a role in the monetization of these networks and the entire ecosystem in order for them to fully reach their potential.

How can Dialogic help, you ask?

As I’ve mentioned, mobile networks are delivering entertainment and information to an ever-widening world eager to connect quickly and seamlessly. Dialogic focuses on the promise of this technology and today, networks using Dialogic technology carry more than fifteen billion minutes of traffic per month, and services built on Dialogic products are used by an estimated two billion mobile subscribers worldwide! 



More Ways to Make Money: Mobile VAS, QoE and Advertising

May 3, 2011

In my last two blogs, I talked about ways that service providers can monetize their mobile networks.  In this blog, I’ll explore a few more: mobile value-added services, quality of experience and advertising.

Mobile Value-Added Services

Mobile value-added services are a key element in optimizing networks. According to Infonetics, mobile operators now get 66% of their revenue from voice and 20% from SMS/MMS, with broadband services making up the rest. 

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