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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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The Internet of Things and Other Major Themes from MWC 2014

February 25, 2014

Mobile World Congress is buzzing along. It is a mass of mobile communications humanity, all crisply dressed and swiftly moving along like a flash flood in an Arizona wash through both the Barcelona subway system and the venue at the Fira.

The 2014 Mobile World Congress theme is “Creating What’s Next.” That’s a good theme, but so far, I didn’t see anything unexpected in terms of “next.”

Overall themes I’ve seen on my first day of the event:

The Shazaam! of SS7 - SIP Signaling

February 18, 2014

We’ve been getting a lot of interest in signaling gateways, especially as they relate to SIP. A signaling gateway is similar to a media gateway in that a “conversion” occurs. In the case of a media gateway, there is some kind of voice or video media conversion, usually from one type of codec to another. And typically these involve a signaling conversion in addition to a media conversion.

Diameter, NFV and More Expected at MWC

February 11, 2014

Jim Hodges from Heavy Reading has come out with an interesting report about signaling (Diameter) in next-generation networks. In it, he makes the point that signaling is now front and center in supporting complex service interactions. Diameter signaling controllers (DSC) are rising in importance, and their parts -- including Diameter routing agents (DRA), Diameter edge agents (DEA) and Diameter interworking function (IWF) – are important nodes in the LTE/IMS networks.

Signaling has always supported certain mobile value-added services, and many Dialogic customers purchase both media and signaling from us, creating a litany of value-added service applications. With the faster networks using Diameter, namely LTE networks, we’re bound to see many more interesting applications emerge. 

Mobile Price Wars and Apps - Yes, Apps!

February 4, 2014

There’s been a lot of talk recently in the United States about mobile price wars, such as Quartz’s and Reuters’ reports on T-Mobile’s aggressive move to win over customers from AT&T and Verizon. If the combined voice/data average revenue price per user (ARPU) is dropping everywhere – as it is in Europe according to GSMA Intelligence research, and in the U.S., according to Chetan Sharma Consulting – where will service providers go for new revenue? Clearly a price war is one way to try and win new customers, and thus increase revenue, but it’s not going to increase the ever important ARPU.

What can service providers do?

Mobile and Voice App Update

January 28, 2014

Last week I wrote about chatty apps, which keep contacting the network for continual updates, so users won’t FREAK OUT because they don’t have the absolute latest info.  But what is the status of what is going on with mobile apps anyway?  Is the craze of downloading apps to your smartphone over?  Or do we have all the apps that we need?

Dealing with Chatty Apps

January 21, 2014

When I was at LTE North America, I ran into Monica Paolini of Senza Fili Consulting who had just published a report about chatty apps and mobile signaling.  The report outlines the financial impact of all the signaling from chatty apps because the chatty apps utilize the network and network capacity and could cause congestion. Therefore, the network might not be able to maximize the amount of subscribers, or the network might have to add more infrastructure to handle the traffic.  Either way, there are costs to the carrier.

Billions and Billions of Faxes, Oh My!

January 14, 2014

I haven’t written a blog about fax in two and half years. So why am I writing one now?  I can bet some of the readers of this blog have never even seen a fax machine, since your company probably sends and receives faxes through a multifunction peripheral device (basically a printer and scanner and fax machine all in one). You might chuckle that people well, still fax.

A Winning Use Case for WebRTC in 2014

January 7, 2014

I started off 2013 with a blog about WebRTC. A lot happened with WebRTC in 2013, and the final story is yet to be written, so I’ll also make it the focus of my first blog of 2014. We see WebRTC-enabled media servers playing an important role in the evolution of browser-to-browser communications. If you want to do a WebRTC voice or video conference, you’ll need a WebRTC-enabled media server.

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. 

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