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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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Alcatel-Lucent Enables Intelligent Traffic Management

By Susan Campbell

In this increasingly wireless world, the demand for applications, quality content and seamless service continues to increase. Service providers hoping to leverage opportunities, while also expanding their network must be able to deliver intelligent traffic management if they want to deliver the Quality of Experience that subscribers demand.

Alcatel-Lucent has produced a white paper on this topic entitled: Intelligent Traffic Management: Protecting the Subscriber's QoE while Securing the Integrity of the Wireless Network. This paper highlights an environment for the service provider that is much more transient and unpredictable as compared with traditional mobile voice networks. As a result, service providers are facing unique and complex challenges to maintain subscriber QoE, while also ensuring the integrity of the network.


Alcatel-Lucent Demonstrates the Power of Moving Any G to LTE

By Susan Campbell

Bandwidth demand is exploding throughout the marketplace, and at the same time, subscriber revenues are flattening. To react, mobile network operators are being forced to transform their networks, while also preparing for the arrival of 4G/LTE. To stay competitive, these providers must be able to transition quickly and efficiently, while still reducing costs. This overwhelming challenge can be overcome with the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Backhaul Solution.

A recent Alcatel-Lucent white paper, Any G to LTE Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Backhaul Solution, explored the challenges facing Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) today, including more users, more traffic, more devices, more applications and more machine-to-machine communication.


Alcatel-Lucent: Providing Solutions to Take TV Everywhere

By Susan Campbell

There is a dynamic change taking place in the television consumption model and for those of you who want your preferred viewing available at any time and from any device, you’ll be sure to get excited about the concept of TV Everywhere.

In a recent Alcatel-Lucent white paper: TV Everywhere: Taking Television to the Internet, the company explores the potential of enabling this model to bring a number of additional services and capabilities to subscribers throughout the marketplace. It is bound to be a driving force for Comcast and Time Warner as they enable existing TV subscribers to watch preferred television content online and on-demand, without additional charges.

The world is growing increasingly wireless as consumers and business users alike want real-time access to innovation solutions all the time. To deliver a compelling TVE experience, the top layer of the TVE ecosystem will contain various content providers and broadcast studios producing content for Linear TV broadcasters.

Understanding the Benefits and Limitations of TCP

By Beecher Tuttle

The explosive growth of streaming video traffic has elevated Transport Control Protocol (TCP) to the position of a ubiquitous technology.

Service providers can leverage TCP, along with HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS), to effectively transport non-real time video. These technologies have become increasingly popular because they provide a number of benefits, including familiarity and a widely deployed infrastructure.

That said, TCP is not an ideal solution for every environment. The technology carries with it certain inherent limitations that need to be understood for service providers to take full advantage of its benefits.

TV Everywhere Allows TV Distributors to Capitalize on Subscriber Potential

By Susan Campbell

Can you image a world with TV Everywhere? This concept goes beyond televisions made available in your favorite restaurants and bars. Instead, TV Everywhere is a concept that allows you to access your favorite TV content on any screen, at any time and from any location. Alcatel-Lucent is working to make this a reality.

TV Everywhere is an initiative launched by Comcast and Time Warner designed to enable existing TV subscribers to watch their preferred television content online and on-demand without any additional cost.

Driving the Change to LTE: Consumers Demanding Advanced Capabilities

By Susan Campbell

There is a growing demand in the global market for advanced services. In fact, research has demonstrated that not only is this demand growing, users are willing to pay for such services. The top three advanced services in terms of demand are live messaging, next-generation music, and enhanced mobile video. Enterprise users are demonstrating that they prefer mobile collaboration, mobile cloud computing and multi-party video.

An Alcatel-Lucent Enriching Communications e-Zine article: “Users Seek Improved QoE with LTE” focused on these concepts and the importance of Long Term Evolution (LTE)-enabled applications and services as providers seek to meet consumer demand.

Mobile Operators Find White Knight in Femtocell Technology

Global telecoms giant, Alcatel- Lucent, seems to be consolidating its leading position in the rapidly expanding Femto / small cell market with this month’s deal to deploy the technology across Telefonica’s Spanish operation.

To paraphrase an old saying: “Cometh the hour, cometh the technology” and it seems as though Alcatel’s offering has arrived just in time to help head off the perfect storm of soaring data traffic that is threatening to engulf existing mobile infrastructure. There simply aren’t enough traditional base stations to cope with forecast traffic demands and, if mobile operators are to maintain the quality of reception for their customers, then rolling out small cells would appear to a solution which is destined to rapidly gain traction.

The idea of using small base stations connected to broadband as a way of improving mobile reception in residential and smaller office environments is by no means new. The technology has been around for years. The reason it hasn’t been rolled out before is all down to the cost of the microchips it requires. Recent advances have enabled the chips to be manufactured much more cheaply so that it is now economical for dwellings and small offices to take advantage of what Femtocells have to offer.

Typically they have a range of about 10 metres and, apart from the fact that they enable mobile devices to pick up a signal which might previously have been physically impossible, they provide operators with an inexpensive and quick way of boosting capacity.





Alcatel-Lucent Delivers Robust Infrastructure Solutions to Enable Mobile Banking Services

By Susan Campbell

The market growth potential in the wireless space is substantial, especially in the financial services space. In fact, mobile service availability outstrips the availability of banking services in key developing markets. And, while consumers have limited options when it comes to transferring money securely, most of these users do have access to mobile networks.

According to the Alcatel-Lucent article, "Bringing Financial Services to the Unbanked with Mobile Money Services," market analysts have estimated that 4 billion people in developing markets throughout the world are unbanked. Of this population, 1 billion have a mobile phone.



Alcatel-Lucent Drives LTE/4G Development for Advanced Service Delivery

By Susan Campbell

As consumers and businesses users throughout the world continue to demand mobile video and multimedia, wireless networks are under intense pressure. In fact, mobile operators are finding that their networks are struggling to keep pace and still deliver the quality of service that consumers demand.

To start to pave the way for the necessary change, Alcatel-Lucent suggests that mobile operators gain a comprehensive view of their market, business models and network strategies. The converged all-IP network can pave the way for LTE and 4G, but mobile operators need to scale their bandwidth while managing costs and protecting their application enablement capabilities; take advantage of new revenue opportunities through advanced services; and deploy a flat IP architecture that will support LTE (Long Term Evolution) and 4G services.

Delivering advanced services is a great pathway to new revenue opportunities for mobile operators.



Transforming to a High Leverage Network involves Four Main Areas of Focus

By Mae Kowalke

Today’s service providers are challenged to profitably respond to emerging growth opportunities. Doing so means evolving to converged, all-IP networks. That might seem easier said than done, but there is good news: by leveraging technology and information already in place, it is possible achieve success smartly, nimbly and with reasonable return on investment.

At the heart of a successful evolutionary strategy is what Alcatel-Lucent calls the High Leverage Network™ or HLN. Basically, HLN is a framework for transforming the service provider's business by scaling bandwidth more efficiently and by leveraging network intelligence and customer knowledge to deliver innovative services.

HLN is the key to creating and delivery new cloud services, multi-screen experiences and multimedia applications,” Alcatel-Lucent. “As new opportunities emerge, an HLN becomes the foundation for creating more value from new ideas and services faster than ever before.”

According to the Alcatel-Lucent white paper, "Seizing the Opportunity: The Business benefits of a High Leverage Network,” transforming to a High Leverage Network  involves four main areas of focus, all of which inter-relate:

Network evolution – Current network infrastructure is evolved to deliver faster service innovation and enhanced ROI.









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