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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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Is WiFi Withering Under LTE?

August 27, 2013

The August 19th edition of Mobile World Live featured a survey from EE saying “LTE is knocking public WiFi usage.” The article went on to say that WiFi usage among LTE users has decreased by 37 percent since April.  At a high level, this makes sense. Since LTE has speeds that make it equivalent to a mobile on-ramp to the internet, and assuming a relatively flat monthly data rate, then why not just stay on LTE if it’s fast enough and if it costs the same? You would too, right?

Part two: Choose your own endpoint for the best conference experience

August 20, 2013

As different endpoints come into play and different types of networks come into play, the mixing of the different codecs and the robustness of the underlying media server become even more important. As WebRTC begins to take hold, adding yet another type of codec and signaling into the conference, the mixing gets even more complicated. Sometimes, this mixing results in weird-sounding conferences, with such technical difficulties as echoing, differing loudness of participants, or some participants’ lines being dropped. 

Part one: How WebRTC can finally kill the boring, ineffective conference call

August 13, 2013

Phone conferences are boring, right?  You get your 800 number, call in, enter your pin code, and just like that – you’re dumped into what is far too often a painful conference call. How many times have you heard someone on a call ask, “Can you say that again?” Conference call participants don’t ask this question repeatedly because the sound quality is poor, but because the entire conference call format is boring and there are too many other distractions happening on their side of the phone. They’re emailing and instant messaging instead of engaging and collaborating.

If there's no "mobile" in your video development strategy, you're losing revenue

August 6, 2013

I’ll be speaking at the upcoming IT Expo West show in Las Vegas on August 27, where one of the topics I’ll be presenting on is, “How to make video part of your mobile strategy.” Mobile video is one of the most significant parts of the smartphone experience. YouTube’s most recent statistics report shows that mobile viewership makes up more than 25 percent of its global watch time, with more than one billion views a day. On certain carrier networks, mobile video traffic is responsible for as much as 70 percent of all mobile traffic, according to ByteMobile analysis. Further, the average iPad user generates three times the data traffic that an iPhone subscriber does.

What do I really think of NFV?

July 30, 2013

I’ve been writing a lot about NFV the past few months, and I’ve gotten a few comments like this one: “What do you really think about NFV?”  I get where these questions are coming from; my blogs about this topic have been largely educational – not editorial. NFV education is what the market needs, since this is a confusing topic with too much NFV/SDN hype coming out and too little actual information.  Indeed, this is why Dialogic partnered with Heavy Reading on an NFV whitepaper. ]

Top Questions from the Awesome NFV Webinar

July 23, 2013

On July 11th, Dialogic held a webinar with Light Reading called “The Rise of NFV and the Software Telco.” If you missed the live webcast, you can still download it on-demand, or read this whitepaper from Heavy Reading.  I actually like it so much I read it 17 times so far!  We had a great response to the webinar. Here are the top three questions from webinar attendees.

Q: How will virtualizing an SBC provide SIP trunking migration?

WebRTC Expo Aftermath: Too Many Phone Calls, Not Enough Innovation

July 16, 2013

Dialogic spent  the last week of June at the first-ever WebRTC Conference and Expo in Atlanta. The conference attendees had a lot of energy and excitement around WebRTC. It was reminiscent of the early VON shows from the late 90’s when voice over network was still a new technology.

I gave a keynote at the conference about enabling Value Added Services via the use of a WebRTC-enabled media server.

Webinar: What You Need to Know Before Using NFV

July 3, 2013

Over the past few weeks, I have written three blogs about network functions virtualization (NFV) – what NFV is, how NFV compares to software defined networking (SDN), which network elements could be NFV’ized, and the benefits of NFV.

NFV is an important topic since it addresses the challenges service providers face to reduce operational costs and elevate performance while simultaneously staying nimble and increasing deployment flexibility. NFV moves operators closer to the so-called “software telco.”

To hear more about the criteria service providers should consider to determine if a network element is a good candidate for network virtualization, register for our July 11th webinar with Light Reading’s Jim Hodges here.

Will Carriers Ever Be Able to Make Money from OTT Players?

July 2, 2013

During a press interview last month a reporter asked me this question: “Will carriers ever be able to make money from OTT players?” I had two responses.

First of all, carriers are already making money from them in a way. That is, the subscribers pay monthly data rates primarily so they can go use the OTT apps. The carriers are becoming much like utilities; the more electric devices you have in your home, the more electricity you will need.

Three Ways NFV Cuts Costs

June 25, 2013

Network functions virtualization (NFV) will let service providers make the leap to software virtualization and general-purpose hardware. The ideas on which NFV are based are not new. But what is new with NFV is the move away from hardware to handle key segments of the network – for a truly software-powered telco network experience.

Here are three ways that NFV delivers cost savings for service providers:

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