Next Generation Communications Blog

WebRTC Disruption is Reaching IMS and Catching the 3GPP's Attention, But Where is eMRF?

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the uniting body of telecom standard development organizations, has taken notice of WebRTC. And that...

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This is How You Do Social Media!

I received a surprise package at my doorstep today from Bright House. It seems that my tweeting about the Tampa Bay...

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The Wearable Tech Futures

Amid all the noise about the growing Internet of Things market comes the announcement that Nike is disbanding its FuelBand team....

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Why Pivot?

In business, a pivot is a strategy change (especially in Lean Startup processes). When you look at brick-and-mortar companies like RadioShack,...

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Thoughts on the Industry Right Now

All the forecasts: have any of them been accurate? Or is it just a way to sell reports? If it is,...

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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDM-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Alcatel-Lucent IMS - Eco-Efficiency with New Revenue Opportunities

By Beecher Tuttle

Today's service providers are faced with quite a predicament. Consumers' insatiable demand for innovative, next-generation communication services has put a great deal of pressure on them to build out networks that are capable of handling the load.

Unfortunately, the economic recession has made this process difficult for service providers, which need to minimize their own operating expenses just like every other business. On top of all of this, operators must keep a watchful eye on the negative impact that their technologies can have on the environment.

Mobile Internet: The Opportunity of 'White Spaces'

By Mae Kowalke

After analog TV broadcasting in the U.S. was converted over to digital in 2009 as directed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the freed-up spectrum, referred to as “white spaces” became available for free, unlicensed use.

This change opened up a big opportunity for just about anyone to become a provider of Wi-Fi-like wireless services for commercial and retail customers. Existing operators are likely to face increasing competition from new providers.

Service Provider Solutions: Transforming the Customer Experience

By Mae Kowalke

All service providers know that, ultimately, their success or failure hinges on outstanding service. Keeping customers happy is the first defense against churn. But this is often easier said than done.

Alcatel-Lucent takes a straightforward approach to this challenge, advising that providers should do whatever is takes to make it easy for customers to remain loyal.

Benefit from Converged Wireless IP Management

By Mae Kowalke

It’s no secret that the telecom market is experiencing increasing demand for mobile broadband access that delivers a high quality of service (QoS). To meet this demand while keeping total cost of ownership (TCO) down, many operators are deploying 3G technology in dense urban areas, and complementing that elsewhere with EDGE services using 2G technologies.

As demand continues to grow, however, this approach will no longer be adequate. Bandwidth-hungry services increasingly require higher throughput, requiring IP backhaul via LTE.

A Solution to Rogue Traffic in Your Network

By Mae Kowalke

In recent years, wireless broadband data demand has grown exponentially, driven largely by the introduction of new, smart devices and applications. All this demand is putting a lot of stress on wireless networks – so much so that monitoring and analytics tools designed for legacy systems are not longer suitable.

Advanced tools are needed for intelligent traffic management in an end-to-end wireless IP environment where rogue traffic can be a big issue and where subscriber quality of experience (QoE) is vitally important. 

The Financial Impact of Content Peering on the Internet Economy

By Peter Bernstein

With all of the industry discussion around the coming tsunami of data traffic, particularly video, there has been much global discussion about necessary network build-outs to accommodate what everyone agrees is coming. This includes intense focus on the notion of shared proportionality in terms of cost causers and cost bearers. Given the criticality of the debate/discussion, Alcatel-Lucent thought it would be a good time to look at one critical component of traffic and financial flows, namely CONTENT PEERING. 

Network Security for Smartphones: Psychological and Economic Considerations

By Mae Kowalke

The recent phone hacking scandal in Britain illustrates just how insecure smartphones and other mobile devices can be. The proliferation of smartphone apps available for platforms like Apple’s iOs and the Android OS have opened up gaping network security holes, and hackers have predictably swooped in to take advantage.

Affordable, simple mobile security solutions are desperately needed. This presents a big opportunity for network services providers, especially those getting into the business of cloud services and end-to-end 4G LTE.

How and Why IPv6 Will Be Used in the Future

By Mae Kowalke

Internet Procotol Version 4 (IPv4), the communications protocol used to route data packets across computer networks, remains the foundation of most Internet communications. However, it is steadily being superseded by IPv6, which was published by the Internet Engineering Task Force in 1998.  

IPv6 was developed ostensibly to deal with the problem of IPv4 address exhaustion, but it is also a more robust and flexible protocol better suited for today’s network communications.

Securing IP Communications Requires a Network with a High IQ

By Beecher Tuttle

If this year has taught us anything, it is that network security is a vital part of the health of any organization. This is especially true for service providers, which are facing cyber threats that they couldn't have imagined just a few years ago.

The ever-increasing reliance that businesses have on mobile devices, next-gen communication services and Web apps has made security even more paramount for service providers. These broadband technologies provide additional revenue opportunities for carriers, but they also give hackers, malware purveyors and spammers greater opportunities to find cracks in network armor.

Cloud Solutions Can Give Network Service Providers the Tools to Compete

By Beecher Tuttle

The cost-effective, scalable and highly flexible nature of cloud-based solutions has made them extremely popular among businesses large and small. With cloud services, enterprises and SMBs can deploy low-cost, business-critical applications that can be securely accessed from any Web-enabled device, giving employees the ability to take work outside of the four walls of their office.

The inherent benefits that cloud solutions provide businesses have helped the market grow exponentially in recent years. In fact, Forrester Research estimates that the total U.S.

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