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Will the Clinton Vs. Trump Outsourcing War hurt your Business?

With tens of millions of jobs lost in the U.S. due to outsourcing (including contract manufacturing), we can expect the topic to...

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Why Android Sucks: Part 2

Earlier this month in a piece titled Why Android Sucks you learned that Dell decided to stop updating Android devices. The article...

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2016 State of WebRTC

Where are we really with WebRTC?  It’s not generating the buzz it used to. There are not many specialized conferences anymore.  Even...

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What It Means to Master an Agency

After rumors swirled at CP Expo in Vegas in March, the announcement is finally here: Sandler Partners is acquiring X4. This...

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Why You?

This was another Me-too week in press releases. It was ILEC SD-WAN week with announcements from AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon. It...

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Zang to Grow Communications PaaS offerings at All About the API

Here at the All About the API 2016 show in Las Vegas I got a chance to catch up with keynoter Davide...

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PlumUC Pipes in on Skype4B for Partners

On Microcorp's weekly agent call, the first topic was the Office365 opportunity for channel partners. (One slide from that call shows...

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Key Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Source Software

December 29, 2015


Dialogic recently commissioned STL Partners to find out more about how service providers view open source software in their networks.  We went into this project understanding there are pros and cons associated with the use of open source.  This study goes into some more detail. Here is an abridged version of what we found:

Advantages:

Questions to ask in choosing the right VNF for your NFV Solution

December 22, 2015

 

Choosing the right Virtual Network Function (VNF) upfront is very important.  A modular piece of software that purports to run a VNF function (like a media server) is not a commoditized piece of software. One cannot just put a VNF in and then take it out and put another VNF of the same sort in and expect everything to be the same.  

2016 Predictions

December 15, 2015



Last week, I graded myself on the predictions I made for 2015.  This week, I’ll make my predictions for 2016.  I did OK for 2015, so I’m going to use the Magic 8 ball phone app to help me again.

NFV: My first prediction is that we’ll see someone claim that they have implemented an NFV network.  Given that 2015 was the year of NFV hype, it’s inevitable someone will make this claim. 



Grading My 2015 Predictions

December 8, 2015

Last year around this time, I made some predictions for the industry for 2015. How did I do?

My first prediction was about hearing about 5G big time, including seeing lots of signage in Mobile World Congress. 

Where is Open Source Software Likely to be found in SPs?

December 1, 2015

Dialogic recently commissioned STL Partners to find out more about how SPs view Open Source software in their networks.  We went into this project with the theory that SPs are less resistant to Open Source than they used to be.  And we found this to be true in that many SPs are in fact using it or openly considering using it. 

What is MANO and why do you need it?

November 24, 2015


MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one? 

First, let’s talk about what MANO is. MANO (short for management and orchestration) essentially manages all cloud-based software network functions (VNFs) in a NFV architecture.

What Would an IoT Service Provider Even Do?

November 17, 2015

Service providers are eager to jump on the IoT train because of the vast opportunities. But what kind of service would they even provide?

NFV Drivers and Inhibitors

November 10, 2015

A recent report titled “When Will NFV Cross the Chasm” contained the results of a survey that was given to communication service providers. I had a good “discussion” with a respected analyst in October regarding why service providers are going to NFV – I argued that the top reason was CAPEX and OPEX reduction since those are the types of discussions I end up having with service providers, and she argued it was service velocity.  Well, if you believe the results of this survey, then we are both wrong!  But I guess I’m more wrong than she is.

Telecom Application Developer Summit and Innovation

November 3, 2015

TADS is coming up, which is great news.  This conference is devoted to telecom application developers, which, when you stop to think about it, is pretty important for telecom success.  I mean if telecom was just about making a phone call, or sending an email, or posting something on social media, then life might be pretty boring.   But telecom apps enrich the basic experience because: 

  • Telecom enables interactivity over distances and keeps us all closer together. 

Services and Applications are the Jewels of NFV

October 27, 2015


As readers of this blog know, I have been travelling to conferences to attend, speak, and have in-depth discussions. One item I am talking about, and asking about, and interfacing with people about is NFV.  Everyone gets that NFV can reduce CAPEX and OPEX. The telcos get it, and believe me, the vendors get it as it means reduced revenues, and changes in their business models if they have predominantly been hardware infrastructure suppliers. 

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