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Raven Guru The "Just Right" Marketing Agency

Not too big, not too small. All the experience, none of the fat.David Byrd is one of the more experienced marketers in...

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Just 18% of Computer Science Degrees go to Women

It seems, there are subtle messages we send to girls in school which may keep them from pursuing STEM study and careers....

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Stay Away From Best Buy Geek Squad?

Best Buy Geek Squad has been in the middle of a storm of media criticism as it seems the FBI has paid...

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IoT + Real Time Communications = Internet of Real Time Communications

Over the summer, I wrote about how Internet of Things will sometimes need to merge with Real Time Communications.  Dialogic even created an infographic on this...

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T-Mobile Leapfrogs U.S. Carriers Again with Digits

It was actually over ten years ago when we wrote about Mobile Stick from Bridgeport Networks (now part of CounterPath), an innovative...

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2017 to be the Year of Blockchain, Bitcoin and Fintech

Cryptocurrencies are fascinating as they act as a commodity and are simultaneously a technology application. Bitcoin mining for example gets cheaper as...

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VoWiFi and Value-Added Services

Skype for Business, Google Hangouts, various other so-called Over the Top providers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon - they all offer VoWiFi.  And...

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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.

NFV Vendor Challenges Part 2

September 1, 2015

How will the software in NFV networks interact? Via a Management and Orchestration (MANO) layer.

NFV Vendor Challenges Part 1

August 25, 2015

We’ve all likely seen the Gartner hype cycle for emerging technologies curve.  I remember many, many years ago when I first saw that curve.  I don’t even remember what it was about, but it had the Peak of Inflated Expectations, and then the dip down, and then the path to nirvana.  That curve stays relevant over time because it is so true. 

The Importance of a Software Media Server/Media Resource Broker to Handle Diverse Multimedia Resource Requirements in a VoLTE Network

August 18, 2015


It would be nice sometimes to live in a bubble where you would only have to deal with what was in that bubble. If a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network existed in a bubble, it would have known multimedia requirements in the form of the codecs and functions specified in the IR.92 and IR.94 voice and video specs. However, a VoLTE network , like us, does not exist in a bubble; that is, we both need to interact with our entire environment. It would be boring if we lived in a bubble anyway!


Exploring the Current Status of WebRTC

August 11, 2015


Last week I was doing some research on WebRTC and I noticed that a lot of the information related to this topic was not from 2015; rather, it was from 2013 or 2014. As a result I couldn’t help but wonder: Does that mean WebRTC is losing its steam, or have we entered a lull in the hype regarding WebRTC? 

My sense is that this lull period is typical of new technologies.


IPX Can Enable Revenue Innovation for Voice Wholesalers--Part II

August 4, 2015


In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about a couple of revenue generating ideas for IPX providers. So how can an IPX provider go about this?  Firstly, the IPX platform needs to be up-to-date as well as support IPX standards. Obviously Dialogic provides an IPX platform or I wouldn’t be writing about this, right?

IPX Can Enable Revenue Innovation for Voice Wholesalers--Part I

July 28, 2015


When I attended International Telecoms Week (ITW) back in May, I wrote about how voice wholesalers are looking to expand their business and innovate. IPX is an enabler for the revenue innovation that these voice wholesalers are looking for. There are a few reasons for this.

First, with IPX there is inclusion with both the various GSMA networks (i.e.

The Move to Software-based Telecom Infrastructure (NFV) is On

July 21, 2015

About a month ago Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director at TMC, asked me for my thoughts on network functions virtualization (NFV)—you can read the entire interview here.  One question he asked was why NFV adoption seems to be increasing.

My perspective on this is that, over the past few years, there have been more and more software-based network infrastructure products deployed; they are scalable, telco-hardened and cost-effective.  At the same time, cloud-based enterprise solutions such as Salesforce.com have shown powerful OPEX and CAPEX models.

There is Considerable Intelligence in Signaling Messages

July 14, 2015


I’ve written about mobile value added services (VAS) multiple times over the years.  While there is still a lot of money to be made with mobile VAS, there is no denying the fact that applications from third party businesses that use the cellular data network—so-called over-the-top (OTT) apps—are eating into traditional mobile VAS. Famously, SMS/texting revenue is declining due to next-generation communication services like What’s App, Facebook messaging, etc.

However, that doesn’t mean that all Mobile VAS is declining.


The Role of Media Servers in NG911 and e911

July 7, 2015

While we take for granted now that we can use text, video and data to communicate with each other, this is not yet the case for emergency communications. However, enhanced 911, or Next Generation 911, aims to enable emergency services to handle text, video or hi-def pictures, which is clearly invaluable for ensuring individual and communal safety. For example, the proliferation of smart phones has made it so that citizens can text police departments when in need of help. Or, they can send pictures of videos of emergency situations, which help enhance and accelerate the response of emergency services.

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