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How to Get AT&T to Fund Your IoT Idea

IoT and M2M developers - here is some exciting news.It Isn't that often that you can develop something for what is supposed...

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Access is Still Pretty Good

At all the shows, it is cloud this and cloud that - a bunch of doom and gloom on legacy telecom....

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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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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. 

Creating a Smart Grid Using Advanced Communications Technology

By Mae Kowalke

Increasingly, today’s consumers expect to be given choices in the goods and services they consume. This trend is spilling over into many areas, including the energy sector. As it does, utilities are compelled to provide real-time information that helps consumers make choices about how much energy they use, as well as where and when.

Smart communications technology is required to provide that real-time information.

Keeping Current with Technology Imperative to Quality, Profitability

By Ed Silverstein

Design and innovations are vital in response to the massive use of mobile broadband networks.

Consider the current trends. Mobile broadband network traffic is projected to double each year for the foreseeable future, according to a study from Tolaga Research.

The growth is being driven largely by the popularity of smartphones, new technology, standardization of software, and IP-based networks, according to information from Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, WEF-TIGAC Study: Increased Mobile Access can Accelerate GDP Growth in Developing Countries

By Peter Bernstein

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs on June 13 released a comprehensive white paper developed with support of the World Economic Forum’s Telecommunications Industry Global Agenda Council (WEF-TIGAC) entitled, Putting Broadband in the Palm of People's Hands. It is a fascinating read.

The report provides the supporting data on ALU’s initiatives in the area of helping developing countries deploy ubiquitous mobile networks that are environmentally friendly (while being energy efficient) which can act as economic and social accelerators with significant multiplier effects. ALU featured highlights of the study in its online publication Enriching Communications in a February 7 article, “Accelerating the Mobile Impact,” and an April 11 article, “Bringing Mobile Networking to the Masses,” emphasizing its partnerships and commitments to making promise reality.  

Multiscreen Video: Catching the Online Wave

By Ed Silverstein

The Multiscreen Video Platform lets cable operators and telcos reach subscribers, as well as new devices and diverse locations via TV and video services, according to Alcatel-Lucent.

“It helps service providers create a more personal, seamless and social experience across every Internet-connected device,” according to a solution sheet from Alcatel-Lucent.

In addition, it provides a path to next-generation pay TV and more revenue, the company said, as well as offers new media business models. Alcatel-Lucent and thePlatform, have formed an alliance for cable and IPTV providers to offer a new generation of video services to subscribers’ TVs, PCs, tablets, and mobile phones, the companies said.

End-to-end LTE Opens Doors to New Business Models

By Mae Kowalke

Today’s mobile operators are simultaneously adopting new technologies and new business models based on the idea of ubiquitous access to wireless. Investing in technologies like end-to-end (E2E) long term evolution (LTE) opens up many opportunities to grow the customer base, increase revenues, and deliver types of services not possible previously.

In a recent Enriching Communications blog, Ken Wirth, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s End-to-End Network Solutions division, said E2E LTE offers two main business opportunity advantages for wireless broadband: bandwidth and latency.

Because they are all-IP, Wirth explained, E2E LTE networks “can deliver three to four times the bandwidth offered by 3G networks.”

Innovation Key to Mitigating Effects of Urbanization: GII Report

By Beecher Tuttle

Telecom equipment giant Alcatel-Lucent was recently selected by INSEAD to take part in the creation of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2011, a collaborative report that identifies the innovation capabilities and results of 125 economies.

The goal of the newly published report is to provide a non-partisan resource for policymakers, global organizations and other international stakeholders.

Topping the list of global innovators is Switzerland, which moved up from the fourth spot in last year's rankings. Following closely behind were Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong, Finland and Denmark.

Case Studies Demonstrate Application Enablement


By Susan J. Campbell

Application Enablement is getting a lot of attention in certain portals as of late as service providers are seeking new ways to optimize their current environments to drive new revenue opportunities. While it is critical to leverage key assets that service providers already own within their networks, not all understand the value in Application Enablement and what it can do for their business model.

This AE Multimedia Use Cases explore real-world scenarios of how Application Enablement can work across multiple industries such as healthcare and insurance. For example, a loyal subscriber discovers that his favorite news portal offers a free application that allows viewers to upload live news video.

LTE and Public Safety - Alcatel-Lucent Shows the Way

There is nothing more "mission critical" than Private Mobile Radio (PMR). It is the way public safety organizations, transportation companies, utilities, governments, the military, and a host of commercial enterprises such as energy companies and industrial organizations, monitor crucial assets, and mobilize and respond to crises. It is also a vital piece of most large organization's sustainability planning.

Alcatel-Lucent's Optism Enables Mobile Providers to Drive Revenue Through Personalized Experiences

Mobile consumers everywhere are beginning to leverage personalized mobile marketing and advertising to enhance their experiences. Companies offering such services are profiting from this new approach to mobility. Alcatel-Lucent is playing a powerful role in enabling these companies to implement innovative mobile advertising services that get results.

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