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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...

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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...

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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).

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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. 

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NFV and SDN: Diameter Signaling Controllers Join the Best of Both Worlds

July 1, 2014

 

In the Heavy Reading white paper, “Control Plane Orchestration: The Evolution of Service Innovation Attributes,” analyst Jim Hodges writes that the telecom industry has never before simultaneously experienced two foundational disruptive technology trends that are complementary. What is he talking about?

TADHack: Adding the Human Element to Communications

June 24, 2014

A few weeks ago, I attended a new developer show in Madrid called TADHack. It’s a smaller event and very different from the average conference. As soon as I walked into the venue, I noticed this weird green hue, kind of like I was in the Wizard of Oz. It had the feel of a nightclub, which was fitting since the developers were hacking late into the night.

TADHack is geared toward communications and voice developers, particularly over-the-top (OTT) communications app developers.

Wi-Fi Offload/Roaming Part 3: Diameter and LTE Interworking Is Crucial

June 17, 2014

In my last blog, I discussed the architectures needed to roam between Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks. In order to enable interoperability between the different architectures, a mediation and interworking platform is required to support the different scenarios in which RADIUS, Diameter and SS7 are used.

RADIUS is critical for interworking with Wi-Fi networks. Authentication and authorization of roaming subscribers is performed through RADIUS messages over an inter-operator interface between the visited network provider and home service provider.

Is WebRTC for Real or Not?

June 10, 2014

57 percent of respondents to our WebRTC Impact Survey have WebRTC solutions already in development.

Next week, Dialogic will head to Atlanta for the WebRTC Conference & Expo.  While there are many WebRTC-focused events out there offering demos and expert advice, I consider this one to be the best.  So as we prepare for this year’s Expo, now is a good time to ask: Is WebRTC for real? 

Wi-Fi, 3G/4G Roaming and Interworking Architectures

June 3, 2014

In a recent blog, I discussed Wi-Fi roaming and the wireless roaming intermediary exchange (WRIX), which is similar to an internetwork packet exchange (IPX) for Wi-Fi roaming. The WRIX is broken down into three levels that cover the various interactions needed between operators to support roaming.

The first level, WRIX-i (interconnect), specifies the interface between the visited network provider (VNP) and the home service provider (HSP). WRIX-i requires the use of RADIUS authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) procedures and some specific attributes associated with access and accounting services.

Wi-Fi, 3G/4G Roaming and Interworking Architectures

June 3, 2014

In a recent blog, I discussed Wi-Fi roaming and the wireless roaming intermediary exchange (WRIX), which is similar to an internetwork packet exchange (IPX) for Wi-Fi roaming. The WRIX is broken down into three levels that cover the various interactions needed between operators to support roaming.

The first level, WRIX-i (interconnect), specifies the interface between the visited network provider (VNP) and the home service provider (HSP). WRIX-i requires the use of RADIUS authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) procedures and some specific attributes associated with access and accounting services.

OTT is / is not a threat to interconnect carriers

May 27, 2014

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Chicago to attend International Telecoms Week (ITW), the annual meeting for the wholesale telecommunications community. One morning, I was reading the show news daily and sipping my morning coffee when I came across an interesting article. It was about whether the wholesale market thinks over-the-top (OTT) technology is a threat or an opportunity. The article cited a Capacity Magazine survey that showed 82 percent of the wholesale market leaders surveyed see OTT as an opportunity.

LTE Is Not the Answer - But WiFi Might Be

May 20, 2014

Right now, LTE is in its heyday. Carriers are doing all they can to expand coverage and improve speeds, and those lucky enough to be using it probably experience great service. But as mobile data use increases, that honeymoon period will end as networks get clogged and overloaded.

As that happens, WiFi networks will become an increasingly important way for carriers to improve coverage and capacity.

Could WebRTC Initiate Changes In the Contact Center?

May 13, 2014

Last week, I introduced some cool goings on in the contact center, such as cloud, smartphones and video. This week, I’ll finish my thoughts about how the contact center will continue to morph.

Integration of social media is also becoming more critical. If there’s outrage over a product defect social media can give you a read on that backlash so you can take appropriate action.

What's Happening In the Contact Center?

May 6, 2014

When I started writing my blog about why the fax is still relevant a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about the contact center in general. I spend a lot of time talking about mobile networks and service provider-related things like signaling, but in my early years at Dialogic, I learned a lot about contact centers (they were called call centers back then), and that is still an important business for us.

The contact center has traditionally been a rich area for introduction of new technologies, given that there is a dual need to service customers effectively while keeping costs down as much as possible. This dichotomy has spawned use of new communications innovations, such as VoIP, quickly.

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