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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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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.

NFV and SDN: Ignore at your own risk

November 5, 2013

It’s hard to believe it now, but at one time, VoIP was a hard sell in this industry. At pivotal moments in this market, telcos have faced the challenge of having to do something to react to changing user needs and habits, but they have hesitated to believe that heir-apparent technologies were the way to go. We are at one of those crossroads again. Just as VoIP was once doubted yet imminent, NFV and SDN sit poised to become hugely important in the telco space.

At Gitex, MEA's Premier Telecoms Event, Lessons in Luxury Selling

October 29, 2013

The Gitex tradeshow in Dubai is a great place to see a lifestyle-over-cost approach to selling telecom services. The show, which I recently attended for the second time, has a Mobile World Congress feel to it with a frenzy of meetings that would normally take weeks to conduct. There are two main differences, however, between Gitex and the West’s premier mobile event. First, the attendees at Gitex come from throughout the Middle East and across Africa.

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