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API of the Week: BetterWorks Boosts Business Performance

As digital transformation continues to gain traction, companies are looking for the competitive edge only achievable by integrating leading edge software solutions...

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Change: Musical Chairs

This has to be the busiest year ever for musical chairs. People are company hopping like crazy. And companies have been...

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Voice Revenue Decline - Scary or Under Control?

In March, Chetan Sharma released a 2015 US Mobile Market update report.  There are many interesting points in this report, but one thing...

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Tech Culture Awards Status

One of the most exciting projects we’ve been working on here at TMC is our Tech Culture Awards… This award program...

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Brexit Could be Yuuuge for China

A freer people are a happier people In the past eight years world history has changed in an unprecedented way. Just this...

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Bitcoin, Blockchain and FinTech to the Brexit Rescue

The One Industry Unaffected by Brexit is RansomwareIt’s undeniable that there is a chance that after seeing Britain leave the EU that...

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The Struggle of the Channel Managers

One big struggle of the channel managers is to get agents to sell deeper into accounts. The providers would like more...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

December 16, 2014

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling traffic on LTE/IMS networks as well as enabling secure signaling interworking of LTE/IMS networks with other networks.  The DSCs first rolled out were the Diameter Routing Agents (DRAs) which were really designed for load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling traffic. And these have seemingly worked well since we have not heard of any major Diameter signaling storms since the first LTE networks were deployed. Whether it’s because the DRAs are deployed or because the existing equipment could handle it is somewhat up for debate, but clearly in the early days of LTE rollouts there were a couple of high profile outages related to signaling storms.

2015 Predictions

December 9, 2014

Last week, I graded myself on the predictions I made for 2014.  This week, I’ll make my predictions for 2015.  It may be the same as asking a Magic 8 ball, or in the case of that picture, using a Magic 8 ball phone app which you use by turning the phone over and shaking it…

My first prediction is that you’ll start to hear about 5G

Grading 2014 Predictions

December 2, 2014

 I made some bold predictions last year.  Now is the time to face the music and grade myself.

1. Last year I predicted we’d start to see much more messaging and “cool apps” with voice inclusion.

SS7 Signaling Still Alive and Well

November 25, 2014

As operators migrate to IMS and LTE, and thus IP architectures, SS7 signaling has seemingly been left behind.  After all, Diameter is all the rage today as that is where all the growth is.  There are lots of Diameter market size reports but alas, no new SS7 market size reports that I can find.  In fact, I think the last one was many years ago and I probably have it. 

The era of the hardware-based media server is over -scaling software-based media servers

November 18, 2014

As the telecom world moves closer and closer to software- based infrastructure, many questions are being asked about scalability of these software-based infrastructure solutions. After all, when there are hardware cards full of Digital Signal Processors  (DSPs) you could simply plug in more boards or add more systems (at greater cost) to get to the scalability desired.  In the software world, when using a single machine, the scalability is directly related to the power of the processor used in the box. 

Recognizing the Similarities Between WebRTC and VoIP

November 11, 2014

Next week I’ll be giving a keynote at the WebRTC Conference and Expo V.  When I last gave a keynote at this show, in June of 2013, WebRTC was full of promise. Back then, WebRTC was a disruptive technology that would revolutionize the world.  But I challenged the industry then to create meaningful applications or else WebRTC would flounder and take time to become accepted. 

Outlining the FUture of SEamless COmmunication at FUSECO

November 4, 2014

Next week Dialogic will be on a panel at the Fuseco Forum in Berlin, which is a forum about the “future of seamless communication”.  We’re on the “Towards 5G” panel with Vodafone, Orange, Telenor and the European Commission, which should be interesting.  5G today is a nebulous set of letters since I can’t send you someplace to read about the specs since no specs exist today.  5G is a concept that seems to have sprung from “OK, We Rolled out LTE, Now What’s Next?” coupled with “A Major Mobile Next Gen Network Comes Along Every 10 Years, So We Need the Next One in 2020”. 

The Contact Center's Seemingly Oxymoronic Play: How to Decrease Costs Yet Improve Customer Service

October 28, 2014

I was recently asked to talk to some of our many contact center customers about the new contact center trends.  It struck me that all the trends I’ve seen over the years all pivot around one theme – how to both improve customer service yet also decrease costs.  This is not an easy thing to do, yet it’s always lurking in the background with contact centers.  And this is one of the reasons, if not the key reason, contact centers embrace new technology. 

Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

October 21, 2014

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in some markets due to competing OTT services.  However, overall, the mobile VAS market is expected to grow at over 10 percent until 2018.  While I couldn’t find anything recently on the Internet that I could point to regarding market size, suffice to say globally it’s between $10B to over $20B per year, likely over $20B. So it’s sizable, still important, and worth fighting for if you are a mobile operator.

IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story

October 14, 2014

Service providers typically have infrastructure from multiple vendors installed in their networks.  Mostly this is by design since they don’t want to be locked into a single vendor, but some of this is also determined by consolidation that they have done, etc.  Either way, there is equipment from various infrastructure providers that make a telecommunications network run. 

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