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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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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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Simplifying Staff Workflow via a Single Virtual Resource Pool

By Mae Kowalke

Effective staff workflow management is perhaps the most consuming challenge, and the biggest opportunity, within customer-centric organizations. Getting the balance right between efficiency and customer service levels sometimes means walking a very fine line.

Luckily, new technologies are making the opportunities inherent in workflow management easier to capitalize on. Presence solutions in contact centers are a great example. To understand the power of presence (the ability to quickly identify which resources are available and where they’re located), a brief look at customer service trends is necessary.

To meet the expectations of modern customers, many contact centers are finding it necessary to think outside the box—literally. It’s fairly common today for such organizations to expand the boundaries of customer service operations beyond call center walls.

“By transforming knowledge workers across the enterprise into on-demand experts, contact centers are able to more effectively meet the challenges of increasing productivity, improving the customer experi­ence, and contributing to the enterprise’s bottom line,” Alcatel-Lucent wrote in a recently-published whitepaper about the approach its subsidiary Genesys is taking to UC and presence.

Unified communications solutions, with presence capabilities being a major feature, are helping drive this transformation.









Creating Differentiated Applications and Services for LTE Networks

By Susan Campbell

What would you do be able to do with a connected car? Alcatel-Lucent had a hand in taking mobile broadband truly model by working with partners to create and launch the first LTE Connected Car, as featured in this company video. Owners can truly leverage everything they enjoy – and more – with their PC or smartphone while in the Connected Car.

Capabilities leveraged with the LTE Connected Car span the categories of entertainment, infotainment, security and driving-related services. These services include video-on-demand; gaming; home control; enhanced communications services; eCommerce; WiFi  hotspot; advanced navigation; enhanced safety, convenience and security; and road and vehicle monitoring.


Flexible, Yet Integrated Customer Engagement Strategies via eServices Solutions

By Beecher Tuttle

In an effort to compete in today's competitive market, enterprises need to ensure that they are consistently offering a high-level customer service experience. To make certain that they offer adequate support, many companies have begun providing current and prospective customers with a myriad of different ways to stay in touch, including, email, instant messaging, SMS and a number of different social media sites.

While this transition away from traditional communication mediums is a step forward, it can create a somewhat disjointed customer experience if not integrated properly.

Alcatel-Lucent recently addressed this issue by launching an expanded set of eServices solutions for customer service and sales departments. The portfolio of products, which were built upon the new Genesys G8 platform, includes Genesys Knowledge Management, Genesys Web Callback and Genesys SMS.

Using Video to Reduce Costs and Improve Collaboration in the Enterprise

By Mae Kowalke

Any large organization struggles at some point to ensure that teams work together efficiently and that the flow of information is smooth without any roadblocks. Enterprises are no exception. Encouraging effective collaboration can be difficult, and expensive. But it need not be.

 Video is one technology that enterprises are now giving more consideration as a driver of efficient, cost-effective collaboration.

How to Drive Exceptional Customer Experiences Using Web 2.0

By Tracey Schelmetic

Web 2.0. You've heard of it. Maybe even dabbled in it personally. But is it right for your business? If you're very, very brave, chances are you're a veteran with it, marketing via social networking and building online communities.



Best Practices for Monetizing New Telco Applications

By Mae Kowalke


Like several other major wireless service providers, AT&T is in the gradual process of converting its networks to Long Term Evolution (LTE), the fourth-generation mobile communications standard that promises faster speeds and more advanced capabilities.

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To make LTE migration possible, AT&T has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent. Together, the two companies have an ambitious goal to create, as AT&T Operations CEO John Stankey put it in a recent video, “one of the best wireless networks in the world.”

Since AT&T has been committed to GSM for a long time, the transition to LTE is natural, Stankey said.


Service Providers Challenged to Deliver Next Gen Services to Wide Range of Devices

By Susan Campbell

One thing that is constant in the mobile services industry is the reality of fragmentation among devices. As there is no common operating system or theme among the variety of devices out there, application developers must be able to create solutions that appeal to consumers across multiple platforms. At the same time, service providers must be able to deliver these applications to a full range of subscriber devices.

These challenges can be difficult to overcome without a proven partner to help along the way.

How Smart Desk Phones Are Revolutionizing Enterprise Communications

By Mae Kowalke

Next gen communications technologies, including smart desk phones, are revolutionizing operations at enterprises. The ability to converge voice and data networks and provide real value to clients represents a major opportunity for companies like Alcatel-Lucent.

Two examples from recent Alcatel-Lucent case studies and white papers illustrate innovative ways new communications technology is being deployed to make a real-world difference.

First, there is Alcatel-Lucent’s campus safety systems, which provide peace of mind of educators, staff, students and parents. By monitoring high-risk areas, solutions like Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch My Teamwork Land Mobile Radio Conference and Collaboration system enable administrators, safety personnel and first responders to work seamlessly together in the development and implementation of robust emergency response plans.



Alcatel-Lucent: Consumers Want Access to Same Content on Any Screen, Around the Clock

By Ed Silverstein

Consumers today want to be able to have a multi-screen experience. They also want to have simplified content delivery. Combining both of these needs, there are some key ways that service providers can improve the users’ multi-screen experience.

Alcatel-Lucent says that consumers just don’t want to be able to watch content.

Improve Visibility into Operations Using Business Activity Monitoring Tools

By Tracey Schelmetic

It's a challenge every business faces eventually: keeping your customers during an economic downturn. You may not have the marketing budget to prospect for more customers, and you may not have the budget to launch new, flashy product lines, but you have no choice about one thing: you need to keep the customers you have. In other words, you need to figure out how to prevent churn, oftentimes with fewer human and technology resources than you had just a few months ago.

So what advantage is it that the companies who manage to do just this have over the companies that don't? Best-in-class performance, according to a white paper from Aberdeen Group.

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