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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

Dynamic Communications Essential for Railway Transportation

By Susan J. Campbell 

The concept of innovative next generation communications does not always address the potential in railway telecoms infrastructure; but by ignoring the potential in this space, opportunities for unexploited synergies between the railway telecoms infrastructure and passenger communications are lost.

A recent Alcatel-Lucent white paper, Dynamic Communications for Innovative Railway Transport, explores the business case for adopting new systems as it changes by the maturing of enabling technologies. The migration to an LTE-supported wireless backbone offering multiple services leverages key technologies that are already being tested and validated. Initially, this offering was used for innovative applications; soon it will be capable of acting as the data bearer for signaling systems in the future.

Building Effective Business Ecosystems Through Open Innovation

By Mae Kowalke

Many visions exist for what the next generation of business communications technology will look like. The potential for resources like 4G LTE networks get a lot of talk time these days. But what will it take to actually turn all these visions into reality?

Alcatel-Lucent’s stance is that there are four vital elements to driving the development and adoption of faster, better communications technologies:

4G Technology: Benefits for First Responders

By Mae Kowalke

Quick: in an emergency, what’s helps the most to save lives?

No, it’s not food, water, or shelter. According to George Ed Ryan, Director of Communications for the State of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, the most vital element related to public safety is: information.

This is especially true when it comes to preventing terrorist attacks.

Leverage the Cloud in the Back Office

By Susan J. Campbell

Taking a platform to the Cloud is a strategy that is gaining more and more attention in the enterprise segment, yet the network back office stands to gain significant value from this migration. It’s no longer enough for the enterprise to drive innovation through cloud-based applications on the customer side of the service provider business; it’s time to take it to the back office.

A recent Alcatel-Lucent Enriching Communications article, Bridging the Cloud to the Network Back Office, explores the fact that cloud services that deliver end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to cover the network and IT will differentiate. At the same time, dynamic management for the cloud incorporates a flexible data model and the automation of OSS/BSS.

Tools and Techniques for Securing Data in the Cloud

By Mae Kowalke 

The acronym CIA is probably associated most commonly with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. But, in the realm of security for cloud services, CIA stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. These lie at the core of how to most securely store and transport data in cloud.

End-to-End Security for the Smart Grid

By Mae Kowalke

Around the world, electricity distribution infrastructure is being transformed using "smart grid" technologies. Although this is happening more quickly in some areas than others, the purpose is the same: secure energy supplies and ensure they remain viable.

This goes beyond security, of course, to profits – as such things always do.

“The bottom-line benefit is more efficient use of energy,” noted Peter Johnson, Vice President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Smart Grid division, in a GridTalk e-zine article, “Protecting the smart grid with today’s solutions,” about smart grid security.

Analytics is the Key to Improving the Customer Experience

By Mae Kowalke

In a market recovering from “the great recession,” where businesses and individuals are more inclined to save than spend, and have more tools than ever with which to make informed choices, communications service providers (CSPs) face steep competition.

Nothing short of a customer experience transformation is likely to help telecommunications providers end up on the shortlist, with any hope of being selected. This type of focus requires much more than “outside the box” thinking.

In a recent white paper, Customer Experience Transformation via Analytics, Alcatel-Lucent highlighted the connection between customer experience transformation and new business models, citing observations from research firm Gartner.

The Top Bell Labs Innovations - Part II: Future Game-Changers

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor

This posting marks the fourth and final installment of my series about Bell Labs innovations. The first three highlighted: the context for Bell Labs as a prolific and globally recognized leader in the global research community; its role as critical driver of Alcatel-Lucent’s market leadership; the Labs’ rich history of invention across a broad range of disciplines; and, how it literally is “Innovating Innovation” with a culture based on continuous learning and adaptability. I will reveal my prejudice. I saved the best for last.

Cloud Computing - Compliance Relies on Partnerships

By Susan J. Campbell

Cloud computing – it has been introduced and touted to the masses as the economical, no-strings-attached approach to leveraging features and capabilities that were once only available to the enterprise. Telecom operators driving cloud communications need to be able to make decisions about where and when to comply with governance. The challenge is that compliance is relatively complex.

A recent Alcatel-Lucent Enriching Communications article, Compliance in the Cloud: Risk or Reward?, explored the challenges of compliance in the cloud.

Smart Grid Evolution Relies on Cyber Security and Data Protection

By Susan J. Campbell

Data privacy and cyber security are two of the hottest topics in the telecommunications space as consumers and business users become more mobile, accessing anything from social media platforms to bank accounts and proprietary networks on their mobile devices, all the while demanding that increased privacy and data protections are put in place.

The same is true for utility companies seeking to capture information on energy use. A recent Alcatel-Lucent article, Ensuring Smart Grid Social Acceptance by Securing Data Privacy, explores the challenges that arise in the quest for a more economic and “green” approach to energy consumption.

Smarter utilities are implementing machine-to-machine communications that allow smart meters to send information back to the utility on the amount of energy being used.

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