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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 »

Using the Mobile Phone Navigator App

January 18, 2011

While I have the AT&T navigator app on my Blackberry and have had it for some time, I never used it until, amazingly enough, I needed it twice in the same week this past December.  I always just either printed out directions from Mapquest or took my old Garmin with me when I needed this kind of thing.  Well, in December I needed it since I didn’t have either of them since, well, I knew where I was going!

Would I Use an iPad on a Business Trip?

January 11, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed the use of iPhones in the enterprise and mentioned iPads will runneth over the enterprise, but many will end up not being used.   In fact, if CES from last week is any indication, tablets of all sorts will descend upon us like locusts (and depending on your point of view, it could be a plague).

What did I mean, though, when I said that many iPads would end up not being fully utilized? 

Smartphone - Shop and Pay!

January 4, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about people using their smartphones in ways I’ve never seen before during a key shopping trip, namely comparison shopping by taking pictures of barcodes.  And since I witnessed that on more than one occasion, I figured this must be taking off.  So I did some research yesterday figuring that since the holidays are over, some articles and/or research would have been written on this. 

The Ramifications of iPhone Usage in the Enterprise

December 28, 2010

In my top predictions for 2011 blog last week, I predicted iPads will overrun the enterprise.  One reason is that people just think they are cool so they’ll “want” one.  I also predict a measureable segment of these people in the enterprise will end up just putting them in their filing cabinet.  Next week I will explore that a bit. 

The Top 5 Mobile and IP Predictions for 2011

December 21, 2010

Last week, I looked back at the 10 most impactful telecom advances of the last decade.  In this blog, I will look forward and make some predictions for what 2011 holds.   And then to differentiate myself, in one year’s time, I’ll score myself and see if I got anything remotely right!

Top 10 Telecom Advancements of the Past 10 Years

December 14, 2010

Last week, I was asked by Voice & Data  in India to contribute to an article they’re publishing in January on the “Top 10 Technologies in the last decade that have Transformed the Telecom Sector.”  This was an interesting exercise for me, and really got me thinking.

While 10 years is not a huge amount of time, the past 10 years have quite possibly been the most incredible in terms of technological achievements in the telecom industry since the invention of the telephone. Yes, I know moving to digital from analog and the first wireless networks were innovative, but when looking at an entire 10 year span, the advancements are astounding.  

The Phone as Everything

December 7, 2010

In the US, your mobile phone is kind of your lifeblood – it can be your on ramp to the internet, your communication vehicle with your kids via texting, your only phone, your TV, your watch (who even remembers wearing a watch!), and your boarding pass.  And as per my blog last week, it can even comparison shop for you!   I’ve even read some articles where the hotel industry is enabling your phone to be your key to your hotel room so you don’t even have to wait in line to check in! 

Using Your Phone to Help with Comparison Shopping

December 1, 2010

For the past few years, I’ve enjoyed Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving in the US when the best shopping sales are) from the relative safety of my computer.  For yes, even the Black Friday deals are found on the internet.  But I did venture out.  And amid the chaos, as I stood around waiting for my wife to find something, I noticed someone else doing something seemingly very strange. 

Bridging 3G and 4G Services in Budapest

November 24, 2010

As I wrote in my last blog, last week I was in Budapest.  Budapest is a great place.  Turns out some time ago, there were two different cities on the banks of the Danube – one called Pest and one called Buda.  They were then unified to create a single city called….drum roll please…Budapest! 

Budapest, Dialogic EMEA Connections, and how our industry doesn't really change while it's changing

November 19, 2010

Earlier this week, I was in Budapest for our EMEA Connections event.  If you want a very good overview of the event, please read Rich Tehrani’s blog at http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/rich-tehrani/4g/dialogic-connections-2010-live-blog.html.  Rich was not able to blog live while he was in action (he was interviewing Dialogic’s Doug Sabella and Kevin Cook in a talk-show format) and he was a little leery of me blogging for him from his computer, but he did a great job .  I think Rich has a future in TV and/or politics!

One of the underlying themes at the event is that while we are undergoing tremendous change within the telecommunications industry, because of various technological enhancements such as broadband wireless, cloud computing and VoIP -- who will be the big service providers in 10 years, how will people generally communicate in 10 years, what are the revenue models going to be -- there is huge opportunity for everyone in this change. 

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