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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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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

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. 

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