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Have You Reserved Your ITEXPO 2019 Booth and Sponsorship? #1

Practically every year since year 2000, one of my companies DIDx Inc has showcased services with an ITEXPO booth and given back...

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Internet Trends and the Impact on Enterprise Communications

You might be wondering why last week I wrote about the Cisco VNI and this week I’m writing about the Mary Meeker...

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Enterprise Data Traffic Trends

  The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) report is a great place to look for internet data trends.  I took a look...

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2018 Rhode Island Blockchain Summit Live Blog

About to start. The hashtag is #ribs2018.David Paolo Founder and CEO of G Media Studios kicks off the day - our MC....

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Edge Computing and the Impact on the Enterprise

Back in March, I wrote a blog on Edge Computing.  I received a few comments from readers, so I want to address...

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The Unique role of the Service Provider with a SmartHome

  As last week's blog described, a SmartHome is a complicated place today.  A service provider could tie all of these different...

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The SmartHome, The Service Provider, and Connectivity

The SmartHome market is important for consumers for many reasons - energy savings, additional security and improved quality of life to name...

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Why Media Gateways Anymore?

November 7, 2017


This past summer, I wrote a few blogs relating to older technologies such as PSTN, SS7, Fax, etc.  At Dialogic, part of what we do is live in the world of bridging these older technologies to today.  The older technologies live on longer than any of us might imagine, and we have customers who still buy these technologies for various reasons – all revolving around the networks still being used, no matter how much we hear about LTE. And thus, there is business for them and thus, us to be had.

The Importance of SS7 to SIP Interoperability

October 24, 2017

SIP endpoints such as softphones / headsets used for IP based enterprise VoIP calls,  for WiFi calls, and for calls from third party communication apps such as WhatsApp, Viber etc. are becoming the norm. And with continued integration on the phone side (see Apple CallKit), these will continue to proliferate.

However, 3G is not going anywhere for a long period of time

Network Slicing - An A La Carte Network Service in 5G?

October 17, 2017



I’ve been meaning to write about network slicing for a while.  When 5G was first being written about, network slicing was one of many hot topics about 5G. 5G, after all, is going to solve every potential mobile cellular issue we’ve ever come across. At least it seems that way. 

Building Scalable Video Applications

October 10, 2017


“In Many Cases, Media Servers Make or Break the Real-Time Video Application.”  

So it says in the beginning of the white paper “Building Real-Time Video Apps that Scale” written by BlogGeek.Me. I couldn’t agree more considering media servers are at the heart of real-time communication applications.

With respect to video and real-time communciations, there are various methods required to create the best video applications, depending on the application. One method is to use a centralized approach where differnet media formats may be transformed to single format and then sent out. 

Network Monitoring Provides More Than Just Lawful Intercept

September 25, 2017

Both enterprise and service provider networks, whether PSTN-based, cellular or mobile-based, or IP-based, provide monitoring ability to the administrators of the network.  Most of the network monitoring involves providing analytic information so the network administrators know how the network is behaving.  Some monitoring involves line tapping, both for “lawful intercept,” and in the case of call centers, to help (or hopefully) improve your experience.  Let’s take a further look at some specific monitoring applications.

SIP Trunking Options for Mixed Networks

September 19, 2017

Back in June, I wrote a blog about using Gateways for SIP trunking if there are PSTN lines inside the enterprise.  And this makes sense for sure given 40% of enterprises are still PSTN on their internal networks.

But there are other options for interfacing your enterprise with a SIP trunk. Certainly, an SBC is a great choice if you have SIP throughout your network. 

Using Chat Programs for Payments

September 12, 2017


Mobile payment has been around for some time.  In some cases, there are mobile apps you can download from your bank, allowing you to do with your smartphone whatever you can do online.  There are also services like PayPal for person-to-person or person-to-business payments and mobile wallets such as Vodafone’s m-Pesa, which is branchless banking.

But there is an increasing trend to use chat platforms to perform financial transactions. 

IoT and Real-Time Communications Convergence (Part 2)

September 5, 2017


In my August 15th blog, I introduced a whitepaper we have about IoT and Real-Time Communications.  I’ve gotten a few comments about that blog and whitepaper along the lines of “I hadn’t really thought of that” to “it’s inevitable.” The reason Dialogic wanted this whitepaper and is making it available are for those very reasons – to get people to think about what might be possible.  Our industry knows real-time communications very well and there is opportunity for us to grow there.

The graphic above shows potential intersections between IoT and video real-time communications. 

How Will Artificial Intelligence Be Used In the Contact Center?

August 29, 2017

As I have written about many times before, contact centers have always been at the forefront of technological innovation.  That is because they are driven to both reduce costs while increasing customer service. That is why IVRs, speech recognition, remote agents, and VoIP, to name a few, have become entrenched in the contact center.

A natural evolution from an IVR is utilizing AI and chatbots.

IoT and Real-Time Communications Convergence (Part 1)

August 15, 2017

At first glance, it might seem oxymoronic that IoT and real-time communications would converge.  I mean, IoT is all about sensors reporting information right?  I would say yes, mostly right. 

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