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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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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. 

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.”

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