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Mobile fax? Why do you need that?

Fax is an enduring technology. While you may think that fax is declining, some reports show that the market is actually...

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We ask the experts: How can exceptional QoE be achieved in VoLTE networks?

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

What does voice over LTE (VoLTE) offer your subscribers? Better voice quality, including HD voice. Rich communications with messaging and video. And whatever inventive applications you choose to introduce. In other words, VoLTE can provide a superior quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers and give you a competitive edge — particularly when your service operates at its best. 

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In my last blog[CCE1] , our experts explained why an end-to-end strategy is the key to maintaining peak VoLTE performance. Now we’ll look at how this strategy gets put into practice to optimize real-world service offerings. The information here is based on interviews with Luis Venerio who works with our VoLTE Readiness Services team. And his observations come straight from his experience on VoLTE deployments that serve millions of subscribers.

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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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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.

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.

"How Does Dialogic Fit In with WebRTC?"

May 1, 2013

This blog represents the last of the series of questions we received from attendees of our February 20th WebRTC webinar.  Quite a few of the questions we received during the webinar asked about Dialogic products that could be used to build WebRTC solutions, along with general questions on making the technology work for various use cases.  One solution our customers have found valuable is the  PowerMedia XMS, which is a software media server and IP multimedia system (IMS) media resource function (MRF).  Since WebRTC is poised to dramatically lower the barriers to rich multimedia communication sessions across so many use cases, we believe that WebRTC adoption will drive demand for the scalable, mixed media environment for audio and video.

Why would you want a software based session border controller?

April 30, 2013

Why would you ever want a software-based session border controller (SBC)?  Is it even feasible? Right now, SBC’s are boxes that often implemented at the edges of IP-based networks.  It might seem unlikely for a hardware node of that critical network element morph to become a piece of software.

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