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Pros and Cons of Hosted vs. On Premise Phone Systems

Purchasing communications infrastructure equipment for your business, whether it’s data routers, SBCs or phone communication systems is difficult.  There are many vendor...

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Making Sense of Blockchain and Nothing Can Be Hidden in it?

The Bitfury Group and First Block Capital, on January 11, 2018, announced they had invested in Emercoin and would support the ground-breaking...

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Openpath Intros Next-Gen Access Control System

As everything in our lives has become smart; the phone, speaker, lights, cities, thermostats and doorbells, the reality is that pretty much...

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ZiipRoom Intros Must-Have Videoconferencing Solution

Friction or resistance is generally used to slow things down. In fact, a car's braking system is a great example of something very...

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Small Businesses Have Unique Needs When it Comes to Communication Systems

If you have a small business, chances are you have a business communication phone system someplace on premise.  That PBX communication system...

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ChatBots are Marching

Chances are you have talked to a Chatbot and didn’t even know it.  Like most contact center innovations, Chatbots have been driven...

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Why is the PSTN Long Tail So Long?

Even though VoIP and IP communications in general is now dominating all landline communications, why is the PSTN still there?  Why doesn’t...

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Comparing Different Types of Mobile Ads

November 22, 2016

Now that access to the internet via mobile devices is past 50% compared to access via desktop, it makes sense that internet models of making money is becoming prevalent in the mobile world. Unlike ads in traditional platforms such as TV or radio, these ads get especially crafty on mobile. Here are the different types of ads that are shown on mobile devices.

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The Growth of Mobile Advertising

November 15, 2016

Given that more than 50% of consumers are accessing the internet via mobile devices now, it stands to reason that the internet model of advertising would come to mobile access. After all, websites are now designed specifically for mobile devices in addition to desktop, so why wouldn’t desktop internet models of making money also apply?  That is, seeing ads pop up on your browser screen after you’ve done a search. 

LTE And (Over) A 1000 Words

November 8, 2016

If you go to the Global mobile Suppliers Association website, you can get some very interesting information in the form of white papers and other content. In fact, you can get the picture above if you click here.  And that picture really does say a 1000 words.

First of all, and this no news, LTE has been the fastest growing mobile system ever. 

NFV Needs to Get Out of the Muck

November 1, 2016

Almost two years ago, this Heavy Reading whitepaper came out. Today, NFV MANO is still an issue that is holding back NFV.  Don’t get me wrong, the concept of an orchestration layer to manage different VNFs from different vendors is good.  The promise of best of breed VNF software being plugged into an overall NFV solution is great.  

LTE and Voice = VoLTE

October 25, 2016


Every year, Ericsson puts out a nice overall Mobility Report in June.  I’m finally getting around to reading it now.  There is some really nice information in there about IoT growth and 5G.

However, this one graphic really struck me.  

Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

October 18, 2016

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our boards and wanted to talk about them.  I still remember the event that tipped me - someone asked me if a PEB bus could go to 5 feet in length.  (Note: I knew the answer back then, but I don’t remember what it was – probably no, though).

Anyway, I recently wore my Dialogic shirt in an airport for the first time in 15 years and voila, I got stopped by someone. 

SS7 Staying Power

October 11, 2016


Back in April, I wrote a blog about LTE subscription growth and ended that blog with “by the end of 2020, half of all mobile connections will NOT be LTE.  In fact, in 2015, 3G still grew.”  On June 9th, the GSA put a press releaseout about LTE, but that press release also contained the words “3G/HSPA subscriptions grew by 48 million” in Q1 2016.  So even though all we hear about is LTE these days, 3G remains important.And with 3G growth, there is also SS7 growth.  SS7 has been in the background of 3G signaling and continues to be an important element in any 3G buildout.

LTE and Voice - Destined to be Together?

October 4, 2016

We all love LTE – we love the speed, we love the easy on-ramp to the internet, and we love the quality of video it enables to mobile devices of all sorts.  But voice with LTE – many of us haven’t yet been given the chance to experience.  They are destined to be together – voice in LTE is a type of data, and the mobile service providers will need to reduce expenses and retire the old 3G networks (which can be used for voice), in favor of a single network.  The LTE Voice Summit next week in London explores these issues.

Coming of the Mobile Advertising Age

September 27, 2016

Many of you probably know about the yearly Internet Trends report that comes out from Mary Meeker.  There is always a lot of thought-provoking information in there, and if you are interested in macro trends and their potential impacts, that’s a great place to start.

One area she covered is mobile advertising.  Given that mobile is an on-ramp to the internet, and by many estimates access to the internet via mobile devices is past 50% now compared to access via desktop, it makes sense that internet models of making money would or should become prevalent in the mobile world. 

Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - Enterprises

September 20, 2016


From an enterprise value-added services perspective, voice conferencing could be a good one.  Enterprises still need to host conferences, so conferences that can be on-demand would provide value. Adding video to a voice conference, and enabling collaboration to that conference, would be even better.  Expanding out a traditional service like this is a good example of a VAS that a service provider could offer and get paid for. 

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