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LTE and Voice = VoLTE

Every year, Ericsson puts out a nice overall Mobility Report in June.  I’m finally getting around to reading it now.  There is some...

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ViziApps: A Great Tool for the Citizen Developer Revolution

Recently I had to prototype an iOS app for a project I am working on and did a lot of research to...

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Execution, Flexibility, Safety, Ease of Use Key to Digital Success - Lessons from Gitex 2016

The etisalat and Nissan Smart Car collaboration, the robot policeman, and James Baresse's presentation on three needs for digital payment system success...

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Are You Managing Hours or Outcomes?

Another consultant is having a trying experience with a client. The client wants to see the consultant in the office more,...

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Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our...

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ORBCOMM Looks to Become Complete IoT Solutions Service Provider

One of the topics discussed often among communications service providers is whether they want to be relegated to dumb pipes or they...

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Your Phone Just Ate Your Car Key

Are you ready for your new digital future? It’s a great question to ask as the role your mobile phone plays in...

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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. 

NFV Interview

October 19, 2015

NFV is an important topic for Dialogic.  Dialogic has had software infrastructure products for some time in the media processing area, even before I ever heard of the term NFV.  Software-based media servers are in our DNA.  We’ve been doing it for a long time. 

Dialogic Worldwide Exec Summits Continue in Tokyo

October 13, 2015

In two weeks, I will be in Tokyo for the continuation of our worldwide road trip for our customers and prospects. The trip will be focused on meeting the needs of the service provider community. It’s always interesting going to Japan as their networks are typically ahead of the rest of the world— that’s where I first heard about SDN/NFV.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing about 5G and Internet of Things networks on this trip. 

OpenWorld and NFV

October 6, 2015

I will be speaking at Oracle OpenWorld on October 26 on the topic of NFVOracle wants the panel to be about the obstacles NFV faces that have to be overcome.  I will certainly be able to speak about that since Dialogic has a lot of experience with positioning software against hardware based solutions, especially in the area of media processing.  And regarding NFV itself, there are issues relating to how to “think” about an NFV solution on a network diagram. 

Location-Based Accuracy

September 29, 2015

I’ve written about e911 before, most recently in July where the concept revolved around the role of media servers with e911 and NG911 services. 

I was recently doing some more research on e911 when I came across this interesting paper on the GSA site about location-based services and the accuracy of them.  You’ll need to register to read the entire paper but if you are into math, non-linear equations, and azimuthal alignment of antenna arrays, it will be worth it. 

IMS and VoIP Infrastructure Continue Growth

September 22, 2015

I’ve written from time to time (many times), about how both the IMS, and VoIP infrastructure markets continue to grow.  The IMS market is growing because of LTE.

VoLTE, and VoIP infrastructure markets continue to grow because, even though LTE is growing, everyone has not moved to IMS yet, and want to keep their existing networks going.  In fact, as I’ve written about before, 3G subscribers continue to grow as LTE subscribers also grow. 

Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) ≠ Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

September 15, 2015

Many people in our industry confuse a Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) with a Diameter Routing Agent (DRA). While a DRA was the first and most publicized function of a DSC, and an important one at this, it is not the only function.  With that in mind, Dialogic created a simple “Usages of a Diameter Signaling Controller” Infographic to point out the key uses of a DSC.

Use case 1: DRA

NFV Reality

September 8, 2015

My past two blogs have been about NFV Vendor challenges. From the xSP side, I continue to see what I’ll call extreme interest in our NFV plans.  The xSP’s want to deploy NFV for the reasons the industry has been talking about – CAPEX reduction, OPEX reduction, and New Service Delivery – and they want to deploy it as fast as possible. For instance, AT&T has stated that 5% of its network will be virtualized by the end of this year.

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