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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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How a "Wi-Fi first" strategy benefits EMEA MSOs

By: Steve Davidson, European Marketing Director for Cable, Alcatel-Lucent

From original Alcatel-Lucent TechZine posting

A Wi-Fi first strategy can help multi-system operators (MSOs) remain competitive in the evolving marketplace.  Wi-Fi enabled devices default to using the cable operator’s Wi-Fi network for voice, and cellular equipped devices can switch to cellular when out of Wi-Fi range.

Although nuances in the business drivers for adopting such a strategy vary by region globally, this model turns the traditional cellular voice paradigm on its head.

Just like other communications or media industries, MSOs face a dynamic and extremely competitive market. As a result, in EMEA, they have evolved their end-user offerings to embrace market-leading fixed high speed internet access, Wi-Fi connectivity, and bundled mobile cellular services using mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnerships.

As the pace of change continues to accelerate, subscribers have made a widespread move to Wi-Fi enabled smartphones and tablets. A European commission study stated that 71% of all EU wireless data traffic in 2012 was delivered to smartphones and tablets using Wi-Fi. This is expected to rise to 78% by 2016.

European MSOs have already invested in Wi-Fi and offer data connectivity services in and out of the home. This not only is a customer retention strategy, but also lets MSOs build out further value added services (VAS) and can reduce data costs of their MVNO agreements.  So if we now contemplate the delivery of voice to these Wi-Fi enabled devices, how do we get started?

Existing Mobility Assets

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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. 

A Few of the Ways Mobile Networks can be Monetized: Usage, Tiered Pricing and Optimization

April 28, 2011

In my last blog, I talked about how monetizing mobile networks is a complex process that involves quite a few different strategies.  In this blog, I’m going explain more what I mean by:

  • Increasing Usage, and revenue from the usage, of the mobile network
  • Tiered Pricing so that heavy users pay for their usage
  • Optimization of the existing network 

Usage

As we all know, more and more subscribers worldwide are coming to the mobile networks, and they are using the mobile networks with increasing frequency.  According to the Cisco Virtual Network published this past February, mobile traffic is expected to grow at almost 100% CAGR through 2015.  

Monetizing Mobile Networks: It's Not as Easy as it Sounds

April 26, 2011

The amount of money spent on mobile spectrum by mobile service providers is enormous. In 2000, European mobile service providers spent $129 billion on 3G licenses, and in 2010 mobile service providers in India alone spent a staggering $14.5 billion on these licenses.  Now, LTE/4G licenses are starting to be awarded.  In Germany in 2010, the spectrum for LTE/4G cost $5.5 billion. 

Everyone on the Planet has a Mobile Phone? Possibly. Italy has an Insight.

April 19, 2011

When I read analyst reports, and I tend to read a lot of them (even when I’m not trying to get to sleep), I keep seeing that at some point in the near future, mobile phone / connected device penetration will surpass the amount of people on the planet.  That’s a lot of devices. What’s behind that?

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. 

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