Jim Machi : Industry Insight
Jim Machi

IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

Full Story »

3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

Full Story »

Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

Full Story »

Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

Full Story »

WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

Full Story »

Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

Full Story »

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

Full Story »

When is the Bus Coming and How Does that Relate to Innovation?

April 12, 2011

When I travel into New York City, I typically take the bus.  Since I don’t memorize the schedule, I go online to get it and show up around the time it’s scheduled to come to my stop.  The last time I went to New York though, the bus was late.  And I was getting nervous I was going to miss my meeting. 

State of Natural Speech and Italy

April 5, 2011

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at InteractiveMedia’s Speech Workshop in Rome.  Speech recognition has become much more mainstream and accepted in the past 5 years, due mainly to the industry making huge strides in getting speech recognition to work, and also frankly to it being more ubiquitous, such as in cars, so people are more comfortable with it. 

While I used to be very embedded in the speech scene, I haven’t been lately. 

A Unified Communications Outlook

March 29, 2011

Last week, we held a small event with some of our key Unified Communication partners.  We invited Jim Burton from UC Strategies to speak to the group, who by the way this week is running his own UC Strategies conference in La Jolla.  While readers of my blog know that I spend a lot of time discussing mobile communications issues and thoughts, some readers may not know that Dialogic has been a huge innovator with IP and unified communications over the years, ranging from being involved in the first VoIP gateway in 1997, to enabling many unified messaging solutions around the same time, to driving pure IP-based handsets in the early 2000’s and to working closely with enabling the various “unified communication hubs” from the large vendors.  We have been at the forefront of this incredible innovation and continue to participate actively in it as it’s still a significant part of our business today.

South Africa and Bandwidth Optimization Techniques

March 22, 2011

Last week, I was in Johannesburg for the Mobile Network Optimization Africa conference, where I spoke on techniques for removing bottlenecks from wireless networks, specifically in the backhaul part of the network.  South Africa is interesting in this regard since if you look at the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) report from February 1st, South Africa is expected to be one of the leading countries (in a few years) when measuring average mobile network connection speeds, which means the mobile network can handle more data, which is good, but may also mean trouble for congestion within the network.

The conference was interesting since it looked at optimization of all aspects of the network, from the backhaul part as I mentioned above, to the optimization of the spectrum, optimization of the antennae technologies, optimization of network performance and coverage, load balancing, WiFi offload, and of the new networks such as LTE. 

Prepaid Mobile Internet Services

March 15, 2011

I will be going to Singapore in a few weeks for the Telco Strategies 2011 conference, and I always like going to Asia since the mobile market is different than the US market.  For instance, one difference that’s important to understand is how people pay for the usage of their phones.  In the US, people predominately pay by monthly fee subscription.  And outside of Korea and Japan in APAC, people predominately pay in a prepaid mode. 

N-1-1 Services and Their Evolution

March 8, 2011

Why am I writing about “boring” N11 services?  Well first of all, I used one a few weeks ago that I hadn’t used before (511) and it proved really useful.  And it got me thinking about them and where they could go.  Some of these N11 services are forms of  value-added services and mobile value-added services, and have good growth potential.

Where Do I Stand with Net Neutrality?

March 1, 2011

In last week’s blog, I explored the “free” part of the Net Neutrality issue.  In this week’s blog, I want to explore the wireless internet, since as the wireless capabilities increase, we are getting more and more of a broadband experience wirelessly.

In the wired broadband world, a throttling of content would be frowned upon. 

What's Going on with Net Neutrality?

February 22, 2011

Net Neutrality is a hot topic in the United States.  Essentially, it means “let the internet be open” and let whatever it’s used for, whatever is connected to it, etc. happen as long as it’s lawful.  The FCC has rules regarding the internet and they are designed to prevent content discrimination on the Internet. 

Mobile World Congress Overview

February 17, 2011

On February, 1st, I wrote a Mobile World Congress preview blog and said I expected to see Mobile Backhaul at the show.  Here I am at the last day of the show, and I want to tell you about the major themes I’m seeing.

First and foremost, the major theme is mobile broadband optimization, which includes mobile backhaul as one of the improvement mechanisms.  

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

Featured Events