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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

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:

WebRTC: The Revolution Won't Occur Without a Media Server

June 18, 2013

Next Thursday at the WebRTC Conference and Expo, I’ll present a conference keynote that might not be exactly what attendees expect to hear. Most people heading for Atlanta next week understand and embrace WebRTC as a truly disruptive technology; however, we can’t expect this great technology upheaval to happen without serious work behind the scenes.

When many of us think of WebRTC, we think of browser-to-browser voice or video calls. And that capability is important and will be a key use case with WebRTC, but WebRTC is much more than the browser-to-browser call use case.

Six Network Elements Ripe for NFV

June 11, 2013

Network function virtualization (NFV) is the it-phrase of the moment. The telco market is abuzz with speculation about how the rapid spread of NFV will cut costs, increase flexibility and scalability, and speed time to market for new services. But which functions are best suited for an NFV makeover? Anything that doesn’t need a physical connection or where the physical connection can be somewhere else is a prime candidate for NFV. 

NFV and SDN: Where Telco and IT collide?

June 4, 2013

When new terms and buzzwords are introduced to the industry, it’s understandable to be confused. There is hype, more hype, and then many different definitions as the terms get bandied about.  It happens all the time. Right now, the hype is rising around software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

LTE Interworking: Is it really necessary?

May 28, 2013

Last week, Dialogic hosted “Interacting with LTE Networks,” a webinar that covered signaling and media interactions trends for 2G, 3G and LTE networks.  There Are many signaling interworking scenarios to consider. For example, there is a spec called TS 29.305 that covers interworking between Diameter and SS7/MAP.  This would occur when LTE and 3G/2G network interactions need to occur.

LTE Network Interactions

May 14, 2013

According to a recently released GSMA Wireless Intelligence infographic, there are 163 live LTE networks today, and that figure is expected to grow to more than 400 live LTE networks by the end of 2017.  However, there are still hundreds of 2G and 3G networks that these LTE networks will need to connect to, not to mention the million or so (depending on source) WiFi networks. 

The signaling interworking between  Diameter, SS7 and Radius is an important issue that needs to be solved. 

The Evolution of International Telecoms Week (ITW)

May 7, 2013

ITW, as described on its website is “the annual meeting point for the wholesale telecommunications community and offers various networking opportunities through meeting rooms, an integrated exhibit and bilateral table area, numerous breakfasts, lunches and cocktail receptions and provides a wide range of conference sessions for attendees to benefit from.”

This market is evolving. ITW was historically about DM interconnect minutes. But now, VoIP minutes and wireless minutes are becoming increasingly important.

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