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We ask the experts: How can exceptional QoE be achieved in VoLTE networks?

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

What does voice over LTE (VoLTE) offer your subscribers? Better voice quality, including HD voice. Rich communications with messaging and video. And whatever inventive applications you choose to introduce. In other words, VoLTE can provide a superior quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers and give you a competitive edge — particularly when your service operates at its best. 

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In my last blog[CCE1] , our experts explained why an end-to-end strategy is the key to maintaining peak VoLTE performance. Now we’ll look at how this strategy gets put into practice to optimize real-world service offerings. The information here is based on interviews with Luis Venerio who works with our VoLTE Readiness Services team. And his observations come straight from his experience on VoLTE deployments that serve millions of subscribers.

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Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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Mobile Internet Enabled through White Spaces

By Susan J. Campbell

Service providers the world over are experiencing continued data traffic growth on their mobile networks. To help offset the strain this traffic is placing on these networks, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken unused wireless TV spectrum (white spaces) and made them available for open, free and unlicensed use.

This regulatory change suggests that anyone can easily become a wireless Internet provider, users will begin to see new and inexpensive or free Wi-Fi-like services emerging, and suppliers will gain new customers from sources other than traditional operator markets.

Gaming Goes Mobile, Multi-player and into the Cloud

Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor

It is not just fun and games in the video gaming market, it is big business. A recent Gartner report estimates that the combined global gaming “ecosystem” (digital console, portable, online and mobile) will exceed $74 billion in 2011. This represents a 10.4 percent increase over the $67 billion in 2010, and  Gartner projects the market to reach $112 billion by 2015. 

Bell Labs: Alcatel-Lucent's Innovation Engine

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor

Let’s start with the basics.

The term innovation comes from the Latin innovatus, the noun form of innovare "to renew or change." It refers to the creation of better and/or more effective products, processes, technologies or ideas that impact markets, governments and society as a whole. Today it also connotes an unleashing of ingenuity that results in substantive not incremental positive change — a single word that packs a powerful punch.

In a business context, innovation also represents both current value (in the form of libraries of intellectual property), and the ability to generate incalculable future value. 

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.

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