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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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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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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.

What do I really think of NFV?

July 30, 2013

I’ve been writing a lot about NFV the past few months, and I’ve gotten a few comments like this one: “What do you really think about NFV?”  I get where these questions are coming from; my blogs about this topic have been largely educational – not editorial. NFV education is what the market needs, since this is a confusing topic with too much NFV/SDN hype coming out and too little actual information.  Indeed, this is why Dialogic partnered with Heavy Reading on an NFV whitepaper. ]

Top Questions from the Awesome NFV Webinar

July 23, 2013

On July 11th, Dialogic held a webinar with Light Reading called “The Rise of NFV and the Software Telco.” If you missed the live webcast, you can still download it on-demand, or read this whitepaper from Heavy Reading.  I actually like it so much I read it 17 times so far!  We had a great response to the webinar. Here are the top three questions from webinar attendees.

Q: How will virtualizing an SBC provide SIP trunking migration?

WebRTC Expo Aftermath: Too Many Phone Calls, Not Enough Innovation

July 16, 2013

Dialogic spent  the last week of June at the first-ever WebRTC Conference and Expo in Atlanta. The conference attendees had a lot of energy and excitement around WebRTC. It was reminiscent of the early VON shows from the late 90’s when voice over network was still a new technology.

I gave a keynote at the conference about enabling Value Added Services via the use of a WebRTC-enabled media server.

Webinar: What You Need to Know Before Using NFV

July 3, 2013

Over the past few weeks, I have written three blogs about network functions virtualization (NFV) – what NFV is, how NFV compares to software defined networking (SDN), which network elements could be NFV’ized, and the benefits of NFV.

NFV is an important topic since it addresses the challenges service providers face to reduce operational costs and elevate performance while simultaneously staying nimble and increasing deployment flexibility. NFV moves operators closer to the so-called “software telco.”

To hear more about the criteria service providers should consider to determine if a network element is a good candidate for network virtualization, register for our July 11th webinar with Light Reading’s Jim Hodges here.

Will Carriers Ever Be Able to Make Money from OTT Players?

July 2, 2013

During a press interview last month a reporter asked me this question: “Will carriers ever be able to make money from OTT players?” I had two responses.

First of all, carriers are already making money from them in a way. That is, the subscribers pay monthly data rates primarily so they can go use the OTT apps. The carriers are becoming much like utilities; the more electric devices you have in your home, the more electricity you will need.

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).

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