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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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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Practical and Smart IMS

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers...

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ENIAC - The Face of Innovation from 2 to the 6th Years Ago

February 15, 2011

As the computer engineer reader knows, 2 to the 6th is a key number in the binary numeral system.  It also happens to be the number of years ago (plus 1) on February 14th that the first digital computer, the ENIAC, was born, at the University of Pennsylvania.  When I went to Penn many years ago, the ENIAC was sort of there, or shall I say, pieces of it were there, strewn in a room that we all passed by pretty much everyday on our way to classes.  You could have gone in there and taken the leftover vacuum tubes, which were the size of Starbucks Venti cups

The Future of SMS - Rich SMS

February 8, 2011

Two weeks ago, I gave some opinions about why SMS will continue to grow.  I also think SMS will, over time, fundamentally change from today’s 140 character experience.  We’ll start to see video incorporated into SMS, making it more of a “rich” SMS experience.  For instance, I’ve written in the past about location-based services and context aware location-based services

Mobile World Congress Preview - Expect Mobile Backhaul

February 1, 2011

In just two weeks, the key global wireless show will be upon us.  Let’s hope the weather holds out and it looks like the picture below, as opposed to last year when it actually snowed for a bit.





Every year, I have an expectation of what I might see at the show. 

Why Does SMS Continue to Grow? Personal Communications, Social Networking and M2M

January 24, 2011

Many consumers view SMS as an essential function of their phone.  From a service provider perspective though, it is one of the more highly utilized and profitable value added services, with an estimated over 6 trillion SMS’s sent in 2010.  What’s going on with this seemingly basic function?

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.  

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