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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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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.

Alcatel-Lucent Recognized for Breakthrough Data Center Switching Solution

In the quest for faster, more robust data center networking solutions, enterprise IT managers are increasingly turning to 10Gb Ethernet. This trend is not lost on Alcatel-Lucent, which earlier this year introduced a new data center switching solution that landed the company Interop 2011's 'best of' award in the data center and storage category.

Delivering Next Generation Multimedia Residential Services

Consumers subscribing to residential services want multimedia delivery. While this is great news for network operators seeking to turn such services into incremental revenue opportunities, doing this successfully requires more than just lowering cost. This process also requires a High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture to extract the necessary value from the network, while also enhancing the user experience.

Optism™ Creates Mobile Advertising Success for Volkswagen, Nissan and adidas

Optimism about mobile advertising abounds. For instance, the June 23 press release by ABIresearch states that its new market study found that, "In 2010, not quite $2 billion was spent on mobile advertising. In 2012 that figure will be more than $7 billion. And by 2016, the forecasts suggest that about as much money - $24 billion - will be spent on mobile advertising as much as is currently spent on all online advertising put together."

High Leverage Networks: How and Why

Developing a High Leverage Network requires a two-pronged approach: develop new business models and introduce or improve personalized service offerings. These go hand-in-hand and must be pursued simultaneously.

Want to Drive Smartphone Success? Focus on the Customer Experience

The CXT Program, otherwise known as the Customer Experience Transformation program, that must be put in place ensures that you can achieve the all-encompassing goal of delivering optimal satisfaction for your customer base.

Small Cell Technology Solutions Help Wireless Service Providers Succeed in Challenging Market

By Mae Kowalke

Wireless service providers today are going through a transformative, challenging period in their evolution. Increasing demands for bandwidth and quality of service are driving the need to transform from 3G networks to LTE. In the midst of this transformation, existing architecture must be maintained and leveraged to its fullest ability.

More and more providers are turning to metro cells as a way of extending life for 3G networks and serving low-density areas where wireless coverage would not otherwise be economically viable.

“Metro cells offer a valuable option for solving some of today’s most pressing wireless network problems,” said Nikolas Olaziregi, Alcatel-Lucent’s Corporate CTO Technology Strategy Advisor, in a recent TechZine article, "Metro Cells are In Sight." “They can provide performance and capacity uplift where needed, almost overnight, while lessening the obstacles associated with macro cell site acquisition.”

In the article, Olaziregi defines a metro cell as “an operator owned and managed wireless access node, using licensed spectrum and providing open access.”

Metro cells are a low cost option for better coverage and capacity in a targeted area. They are easy to deploy, and because they have low emissions are less subject to regulation than macro cell sites. When utilized strategically, metro cells can help reduce a network’s total cost of ownership (TCO).

The key with small cell technology is to understand how such solutions can fit into the larger network.










Wireless Providers Using Cloud to Deliver Multi-Screen Services for Content Providers, IPTV Operators and Multimedia Players

By Mae Kowalke

Many service providers in the wireless space are finding that opportunities expand and doors open when cloud services are embraced as the present and future for content providers, IPTV operators, and multimedia players. Although it takes a fundamental shift in thinking about business models, new revenue streams emerge when cloud capabilities—existing or newly added—are exposed externally.

In a recent TechZine article, "Seeding the Clouds with Multimedia Services," two members of Alcatel-Lucent’s Multimedia Practice Services Group (Yacine Mahfoufi, Marketing Director and Raul Hernandez, Product Marketing Director) explored cloud opportunities in these three areas—content providers, IPTV operators, multimedia players—and addressed ways of overcoming challenges to those opportunities.

For multimedia players, cloud migration is a top priority for the next few years.

“These players are used to accessing advanced technology, such as virtualization and web farming and for their content creation needs (for example, 3D, editing, and content sharing),” Mahfoufi and Hernandez noted. “Some media players, such as studios and post-production companies, are already utilizing cloud-based storage services or processing capabilities to manage their end-to-end digital delivery chain.”





 

Right now, what multimedia players need is new revenue from a variety of business models, including multi-screen video streaming services.



Experiencing TV Everywhere: Taking Television to the Internet and Beyond

By Susan Campbell

The idea of experiencing television at any time and on any device is not only appealing for a number of TV viewers in the consumer market, it is also an exciting innovation for Time Warner and Comcast. The two US-based cable TV operators are working together to make TV Everywhere (TVE) a reality. When this platform comes to fruition, existing TV subscribers will be able to watch their television content online and on-demand, with no fees added to their current bill.

A recent Alcatel-Lucent article, "TV Everywhere: Taking Television to the Internet", explores the potential of TVE, stressing that while this initiative is still in its early stages, it definitely has the potential to change television from what know it is today. Similar initiatives have already been launched in Europe to warm responses, indicating the impact could very easily be global.



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