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The Wearable Tech Futures

Amid all the noise about the growing Internet of Things market comes the announcement that Nike is disbanding its FuelBand team....

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Why Pivot?

In business, a pivot is a strategy change (especially in Lean Startup processes). When you look at brick-and-mortar companies like RadioShack,...

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Thoughts on the Industry Right Now

All the forecasts: have any of them been accurate? Or is it just a way to sell reports? If it is,...

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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDM-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Alcatel-Lucent Continues Fixed Broadband Growth

Not only is its growth and overall market share competitively notable, since it comes at the expense of Alcatel-Lucent's competition, but at a time when service providers are more cautious than ever with their investments, retaining the top position provides it increased leverage when the economy finally revives.

Next Generation Communications for Next Generation Resort

For Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), that partner is Alcatel-Lucent, which will design and deploy the advanced infrastructure that will support the resort's extensive needs, including a state of the art Unified Communications solution for staff and guests, as well as a contact center solution.

WiMAX or LTE, Alcatel-Lucent Says the Choice is Yours

So, while it's clear that various industry pundits and participants are staunchly in one corner or the other, network operators faced with the decision as to which 4G technology to choose can at least sleep peacefully, knowing that, in Alcatel-Lucent, they have a willing -- and more than capable -- partner whichever path they choose.

Multi-Screen, the Next Generation Unified Communications Experience

There's been much talk in the voice communication world about fixed/mobile convergence (FMC).  Though it comes with a variety of definitions, depending upon whom you ask, the basic theory revolves around seamless integration of fixed-line and mobile communications, such as the ability to move from a cellular network to a corporate IP PBX without dropping the call and having to reconnect, including the integration of corporate directories and other features from the PBX into the mobile device.  

On a broader level, it is really about enabling a multi-device communications experience, which has increasingly come into vogue with the proliferation of mobile devices over the past several years.  But, that's really only the beginning.

 

The future of communications providers really lies in their ability to extend all forms of communications and multimedia content to multiple devices, such as the television monitor, the desktop, and the mobile device to deliver a true multi-screen experience.

 

As multimedia fixed and mobile service bundles grow in popularity, service providers are constantly seeking for the next great application or service, and subscribers are constantly asking for new capabilities, often around the integration of these services across multiple devices.  Of course, service providers should be keen on taking advantage of this trend because the ability to access services across multiple devices creates a highly sticky experience. 

 

When Microsoft launched its unified communications experience back in October of 2007, the idea was to provide the ability to access communications services on anywhere, at any time, on any device.  That same basic concept is what Alcatel-Lucent's multi-screen experience delivers.  For service providers, it allows them to deliver personalized services that heighten the user experience.  For the subscriber, it enables moving between locations and devices with the ability to access their content on any of them.  Alcatel-Lucent calls it a "Networkme," or "Network to the power of Me" experience. 

Next Generation Self-Sustainable Wireless Networking

Despite the incredible innovation in the communications space, both wireline and wireless, and the rapid growth of broadband access in areas that have, until recently, been without that luxury, there are still large populations across the globe that have limited or no access.   

Alcatel-Lucent, with its Bell Labs facilities, however, is looking to respond to the need for broadband access in remote and otherwise inaccessible areas.  Specifically, the company has launched what it says is the first alternative energy laboratory and pilot site in the world targeting the telecom industry in its Bell Labs site in Villarceaux, France, part of it Alternative Energy program.

 

Through this program, Alcatel-Lucent hopes to drive broadband access into rural areas, even those that fall outside commercial power grids, by developing energy-autonomous and efficient -- green -- wireless networking technologies that will help network operators overcome obstacles to providing broadband access.

 

The facility includes a wireless base station, powered by a hybrid system comprising solar panes and wind turbines -- as such it creates a power source independent of the power grid.  Researchers are also studying the potential use of other alternative energy sources, including fuel cells and bio-fuels.

 

"The site offers Alcatel-Lucent and its customers and its industrial, institutional, and academic partners, the ability to analyze, test and validate the solutions proposed by the dynamic, but fragmented, alternative energy sector," said Rich Garafola, director of Sustainable Power solutions at Alcatel-Lucent.  "It is also a center for people within the company and outside to discuss and try out new ideas to bring the world of telecoms and that of alternative energy closer together."

Mobile Operators Have to Get Personal

Knowing that, it is incumbent upon network operators to not only ensure their networks are capable of delivering their existing offerings, but to also ensure their viability into the foreseeable future. Which is why many, including Verizon Wireless, are already looking at deploying LTE (Long Term Evolution) technologies as a way of mapping out their network growth plans.

Delivering the Future with LTE

Alcatel-Lucent understands that LTE is the future of mobile communications, and has designed a solution to guide mobile operators through the transformation to that all-IP network. To find out how you can leverage Alcatel-Lucent's expertise to beat the competition to the next era of wireless communications, join them at the Mobile 2012 Virtual Tradeshow.

Alcatel-Lucent Maintains Outlook

Earlier this week, Alcatel-Lucent announced its Q1 earnings, which showed a reduction in first-quarter revenue, and a slightly lower gross margin on revenue. While not entirely unexpected, the results caused shares in the Franco-American telecoms gear maker to sink on the news.   Still, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen, maintained a positive keel, pointing to recent wins in 3G and LTE and increased business from the Asia-Pacific and North American markets.   "This quarter was about putting together the new Alcatel-Lucent. I am pleased with the customer response to our new direction and strategy", he said. "As we discussed before, 2009 will be a year of transition."   "While expected, given seasonality and tough market conditions, we are not pleased with the operating loss incurred in the first quarter," Verwaayen added. "Our guidance for the year remains unchanged and we are taking appropriate actions".     In December, when Verwaayen announced the company's strategic plan, he told analysts that Alcatel-Lucent expected the market for global telecom equipment and related services would be down between 8-12 percent.

Rich Tehrani: ng Connect Interview

Rich Tehrani has an interesting recent blog post titled, ng Connect Improves the User Experience, in which he publishes an interview he conducted with Chris Carfagnini, Director of Emerging Technology & Media for Alcatel-Lucent.   Presented here, is Rich's entry in its entirety. For more insights from Rich Tehrani, please visit his Communications and Technology blog.  
  ng Connect Improves the User Experience Device and service convergence continues to accelerate and as it does, the complexity involved in creating new products and services increases. A counter to the trend of increasing complexity is the new multi-industry ng Connect Program, founded by Alcatel-Lucent which is establishing a rich and diverse ecosystem of infrastructure, device, content and applications for both mobile and fixed broadband networks including 4G, LTE, GPON and other ultra high bandwidth technologies.   The group accelerates the deployment of new devices and services by helping to determine interoperability across industries such as automotive, entertainment, wireless and consumer electronics. The value proposition for members include access to research, reduced development costs and a first mover advantage across markets. For carriers there is the increased use of broadband, reduced OPEX and churn and accelerated time to market.   For consumers the benefits include better integration of disparate entertainment systems, a higher level of value for devices which are part of this initiative, enhanced payment options and perhaps lower cost for a variety of next-gen services and devices.   The interview is below.   What is the ultimate goal of the ng Connect Program? The primary goal is to facilitate improved end user experiences on all forms of ultra high bandwidth broadband connections.

Alcatel-Lucent Tops IPTV Market Report for Access, Middleware

Multimedia Research Group (MRG) recently released the most recent edition of its bi-yearly IPTV Market Leaders Report, and has ranked Alcatel-Lucent as the global number one in the domains of IPTV access and IPTV middleware.   This is the second straight such distinction for Alcatel-Lucent.   MRG's report identifies leaders across the following IPTV segments:   ·         Access ·         Video Headend ·         Video-on-Demand ·         Middleware ·         Set-top Box, and ·         Content Protection/Digital Rights Management.   MRG measured the market position of over 100 vendors tracking the actual numbers of active IPTV subscribers that use (or are supported by) their respective products.   "We are delighted to be recognized -- once again -- as the global IPTV access leader by one of the most influential analyst firms in the industry," says Dave Geary, President of Alcatel-Lucent's wireline networks activities.
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