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Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running...

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Charter Ditches Wholesale

Charter made some moves recently including bidding from Bright House Networks, bidding for TWC and re-branding its business services. It lost...

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Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry...

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The Race to Gigabit is About Business

The cable companies racing to Gigabit networks isn't about delivering ultra-fast broadband to consumers. The Gigabit announcements get them good PR...

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Will VoLTE and the iPhone6 Finally be the Vehicle to Monetize Mobile Video?

September 23, 2014

VoLTE doesn’t just mean Voice over LTE.  It also means Video over LTE.  IMS/LTE includes support for IR.94 which describes how to make conversational video calls over LTE.  Video has been possible over 3G networks. 

The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

September 16, 2014

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have much Diameter overtones since Diameter is the signaling protocol for LTE networks.  But LTE networks are not the only cellular networks and will not be the only cellular networks for some time. Interoperability and Interworking with GSM and 3G networks will be critical as will interworking with other mobile networks such as Wi-Fi networks. 

Practical and Smart IMS

September 9, 2014

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers (CSPs) begin to embrace IMS, it’s important to remember that co-existence and phasing is vital in many of the deployments where VoLTE and IMS networks meet. As things stand, IP-based next-gen networks (NGNs) and circuit-switched networks not only continue to co-exist, but are also poised to do so for many years to come. This requires interworking between these different network architectures.

What's Driving IMS Today?

September 2, 2014

IP multimedia system (IMS) network architecture has been around for a long time.  While it was originally conceived for mobile IP networks, it first gained acceptance in wireline IP networks, such as cable networks. To date, acceptance has been spotty in the mobile arena, but that’s starting to change. Why now? 

Speech Analytics - Data Mining Those Recordings

August 26, 2014

When I was in Vegas for ITExpo, I participated on a Voice Analytics panel at the SmartVoice co-located conference.  Speech / Voice Analytics is really taking off.  Voice analytics is basically taking all the recording that is going on, and analyzing that information into more structured and reportable formats.  In the past, we called this “data mining”. 

VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

August 19, 2014

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will win.” Those who believe that there has to be a concrete winner and loser in this debate say so because WebRTC is over-the-top content (OTT),while VoLTE is carrier supported.

I do not necessarily see it that way. In my opinion, WebRTC is a way for voice and  video to be integrated into communications applications. Sure, you can make a WebRTC point-to-point VoIP call, which technically would compete with a VoLTE call, but WebRTC really comes down to the apps.

Modems? In This Day and Age?

August 13, 2014

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your digital or analog line, and literally place “calls” to the Internet. Nowadays, we either use Wi-Fi or some other type of broadband connection. But in the early days of the Internet, connecting through a modem was the only option.

Internet Telephony Expo: Still Relevant?

August 5, 2014

I’ve attended the ITExpo for many years, and lately I’ve been asking myself, “Is this event still relevant?” At one time, ITExpo stood for Internet Telephony Expo and well, long gone are the days when we need special conferences to learn about VoIP. This year’s event is taking place in Las Vegas next week, and while I like Vegas, do I really want to be there when it’s 112 degrees?

The answer is yes. Despite the heat, I’m looking forward to speaking at the ITExpo next week because I’m confident that it’s still a relevant event.

Mobile fax? Why do you need that?

July 29, 2014

Fax is an enduring technology. While you may think that fax is declining, some reports show that the market is actually increasing, especially in the areas of fax over IP (FoIP), fax service and computer-based faxing. In fact, the fax industry is predicted to grow to $2.795 million by 2018.

One new technology that’s taking off is mobile fax, which, as the name suggests, involves using your mobile phone as a fax machine.

When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

July 22, 2014

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. Last week, I wrote about reason number six: processing of the media stream. This week, I’ll discuss reason number seven, which deals with machine interaction.                                                 

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