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Mobile fax? Why do you need that?

Fax is an enduring technology. While you may think that fax is declining, some reports show that the market is actually...

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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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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.

Success Depends on the Customer Experience Transformation

By Susan J. Campbell

Data usage patterns clearly demonstrate that consumers today have a rapidly increasing appetite for advanced communications and multimedia capabilities. Emerging broadband and data services are fueling this appetite as they promise a new and better customer experience. The communications industry is feeling the pressure to deliver on this promise or lose market share.

A recent white paper by Alcatel-Lucent, Listen Up: Is Servicing Customers a Cost or An Investment?, explores this phenomenon. It has become clear that simply expanding the network to handle increased demand is not enough.



Give Me Captivating Conversation, Not Captive Communications

By Susan J. Campbell

The communication definition is rapidly changing with the increased use of SMS, video, MMS and social networking. It is vital that users have access to a better way to support highly mobile, multimedia lifestyles. All-IP networks are based on IMS architecture and provide the answer for more captivating conversations. Service providers can leverage unprecedented opportunity to reinvent communications for richer and totally new conversations.

Creating Success by Transforming Customer Experiences

By Mae Kowalke

Without customers, there would be no business.

Service providers know this implicitly, of course. But as the market gets even more competitive, the stakes are increasing to make sure every customer interaction results in a better customer experience.

Inspiring loyalty, generating opportunities and attracting new customers – they are all goals of services providers.

Internet of Things: Opportunities in Machine-to-Machine Communications

By Mae Kowalke

All signs point to continued growth in the machine-to-machine (M2M) communications sector. M2M, technologies that allow both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same ability, helps companies be more efficient by automating tasks, but it also has applications in the consumer market.

In the language of M2M, devices capture events and relay that data through a network to an application, which translates the event into meaningful information. For example, in retail a sensor may be triggered when a particular item is out of stock, and someone who monitors inventory is alerted that the item needs reordering or refilling.

Accelerating the Positive Impact of Mobility in Developing Nations

By Beecher Tuttle

Widespread access to mobile communications is a well-known signifier of economic and social prosperity in the developing world. In fact, a recent study by the World Bank found that every 10 percent increase in mobile penetration correlates to a 1 percent increase in a developing country's gross domestic product (GDP).

Bell Labs, the research arm of telecom giant Alcatel-Lucent, believes that an appropriate mix of action and investment can accelerate the impact of mobility well beyond this model.

Research experts from Bell Labs and the World Economic Forum’s Telecommunications Industry Global Agenda Council recently conducted a series of studies that show how certain strategies can boost the impact that mobile communication services can have on a nation's GDP, by up to 36 percent.

Achieving LTE Transformation and Reduced OPEX through Wireless Network Optimization

By Mae Kowalke

Long term evolution (LTE) has emerged as the dominant technology for enabling 4G wireless broadband networks. The question for operators is no longer which technology revolution to join, but rather how to optimize their networks and reduce operating expenditures (OPEX) using LTE.

Focusing on network optimization is the key to successfully adopting LTE. With this lens, it is possible to create a migration strategy that addresses service level agreement (SLA) key performance indicators (KPIs) and other business concerns.

Enabling Enterprise Opportunities with Smart Sensors

By Mae Kowalke

In most industries, metrics of some sort are used to gauge the success of a particular endeavor. Often, sensors that measure things like humidity, pressure and temperature play a role in metrics. Enterprises and organizations in a myriad of fields, including healthcare, green building, supply chain and oil & gas use sensors to enhance their operations. 

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