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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 PSTN is dead. Or is it?

October 8, 2013

The PSTN is dead. We all know this because all we hear about is IP and government-backed PSTN sunset requirements. Right? If that is actually the case, then when Dialogic sells a softswitch, why do we also still usually sell media gateways as part of the overall solution?

Location Insight Could Yield Different Kinds of Revenue

October 1, 2013

A few weeks ago, I first heard the term "Location Insight Services," or LIS, from Telco 2.0’s recent research. LIS basically take location-based services (LBS) to the next step. Location-based services involve tracking your cell phone, for instance (with your consent). Mobile service providers can determine your whereabouts and know where your phone is because of the tower it’s connected to or because of GPS.

The Interworking Protocols Mobile Users Don't Know They Need

September 24, 2013

The proliferation of LTE networks is making life pretty sweet – and fast – for mobile users right now. Consumers are spending more time watching videos from their smartphones and tablets, all the while never knowing the complex signaling protocols that are giving them a seamless experience, regardless of whether they’re roaming in and out of 3G and 4G territory. LTE’s signaling protocol, Diameter, makes the interactions with other networks possible, and it might be the most important enabler mobile consumers never heard of.

Let’s say you walk into a Starbucks.

Where is the 4G?

September 16, 2013

Last week, I was in the U.K. and I had a bit of a frustrating experience. I have 4G service in the U.S., and I own a 4G-capable smartphone. I know there is 4G service in the U.K., yet I couldn’t get the service working.

How the Rise of LTE is (Quietly) Changing User Behavior

September 10, 2013

One of the big, glittering bright spots in the mobile industry right now is shining straight out from LTE. Global deployments are ramping up – there are about 200 commercial LTE networks right now – and subscribers are signing on in huge numbers. Rapid growth always carries consequences, but some of the most significant repercussions are those that users barely notice, even though they are directly affected by them. Because of its speed, LTE delivers an attractive mobile on-ramp to the Internet, which is changing the way smartphone and tablet owners use their devices. 

IT Expo Gets Down to Earth

September 3, 2013

Last week, I attended IT Expo in Las Vegas, which is the last real horizontal communications tradeshow in the U.S.  The show covers a variety of topics and does it well. I would say the theme of this show was “getting down to earth,” which is a weird theme considering the show was in Las Vegas, which is about as fake as it can get. But the show did a very good job of covering the implementation of topics, such as WebRTC, mobile video, UC and cloud.

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.

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