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Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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Billions and Billions of Faxes, Oh My!

January 14, 2014

I haven’t written a blog about fax in two and half years. So why am I writing one now?  I can bet some of the readers of this blog have never even seen a fax machine, since your company probably sends and receives faxes through a multifunction peripheral device (basically a printer and scanner and fax machine all in one). You might chuckle that people well, still fax.

A Winning Use Case for WebRTC in 2014

January 7, 2014

I started off 2013 with a blog about WebRTC. A lot happened with WebRTC in 2013, and the final story is yet to be written, so I’ll also make it the focus of my first blog of 2014. We see WebRTC-enabled media servers playing an important role in the evolution of browser-to-browser communications. If you want to do a WebRTC voice or video conference, you’ll need a WebRTC-enabled media server.

2014 Predictions for voice, LTE, NFV and more

December 24, 2013

Last week, I graded myself on the predictions I made for 2013.  This week, I’ll make my predictions for the coming year.  I wouldn’t go walking into a casino after you read this, though.

“Voice” has been having a hard time the past few years.

Grading my 2013 Predictions

December 17, 2013

A year ago, I made some predictions for 2013.  Let’s see how I did.

1. My first prediction was that we’d have a 2013.  That is, the Mayan calendar ended on December 21, 2012 and there were many claiming the world would end. 

The MVNO and Roaming

December 12, 2013

In last week’s blog, I wrote in general about mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and mobile virtual network enablers (MNVEs).  In this blog, I want to cover MVNOs and roaming in a little more detail. Some MVNOs started out by offering broadband services and then moved their subscribers to mobile offerings. Their value propositions to subscribers are the same whether they’re billing for broadband or mobile services, certainly on the data side, and perhaps even for voice services.

The Rise of the MVNE

December 5, 2013

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) business model is changing rapidly.  No longer are MVNO’s just reselling a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) services under a different brand to cater to specific target markets, such as prepaid calling or senior citizen servies. 

MVNO’s today are also looking to expand the services they offer.

Diameter Signaling is the New Cool

November 26, 2013

Last week, I attended LTE North America, including the Signaling Focus Day, which was comprised of speakers from many companies (including Dialogic) giving updates on implementations and what is going on in the industry.  While some speakers focused only on pushing their products, there were many other excellent speakers who helped push the cause ahead.

Here’s the key takeaway: at a high level, the Oracle Signaling Index shows that signaling has a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 140 percent, which is higher than the mobile data CAGR of 66 percent. This means signaling is growing at more than twice the amount of mobile data.

The State of IPX

November 18, 2013

Although I have written about IP packet exchange (IPX) before, this article by John Tanner of telecomasia.net suggests that it was time to address the current state of the IPX market and deployments. John’s article does a very good job in outlining the status of deployments in 2013, ranging from PCCW Global, BICS, Tata Communications and Telecom Italia Sparkle and more than half of his survey respondents say they are connected to an IPX. Progress is being made; however, I want to address some of the implications of John’s findings. 

The State of IPX

November 18, 2013

Although I have written about IP packet exchange (IPX) before, this article by John Tanner of telecomasia.net suggests that it was time to address the current state of the IPX market and deployments. John’s article does a very good job in outlining the status of deployments in 2013, ranging from PCCW Global, BICS, Tata Communications and Telecom Italia Sparkle and more than half of his survey respondents say they are connected to an IPX. Progress is being made; however, I want to address some of the implications of John’s findings. 

Do Away With Voice Mail?

November 12, 2013

I was reading my Sunday newspaper a few weeks ago, when I came across an article claiming companies should do away with internal voice mail. I was flabbergasted.  I couldn’t believe it. I read the article and I saw the author’s reasons; voicemail takes too long, we have easier and better ways to communicate nowadays, it’s a pain.

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