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Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Sonos BOOST, For Music in Tough to Reach Places

I’ve been using Sonos as an in-home streaming solution for many years and since it relies on WiFi it provides infinite levels...

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IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story

Service providers typically have infrastructure from multiple vendors installed in their networks.  Mostly this is by design since they don’t want...

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Notes from Connections 2014 Part Deux

More notes from BSFT Connections 2014 in the desert by friends of my at the show. These notes are from ANPI's...

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Best practices for managing events, policy and traffic on your network

Through its two components - the Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Detector (deployed in the packet core) and the Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Central (deployed in the NOC) - the 9900 WNG delivers a significant advantage to wireless operators looking for an edge over their competition, providing advantages in a number of areas, including operations, planning, security, engineering, marketing, and revenue assurance.

Top Benefits of Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing in a Business Environment

Rapid advancements in communications technology have been accompanied by an equally swift multiplication in security threats, a growth in cybercrime as well as the introduction of new security regulations.

 

Despite security concerns, according to a recent study, a majority of executives polled by Deloitte - 60.9 percent - believe cloud computing will be a transformative technology in the industry and can drive financial benefits, or at least be useful for certain kinds of enterprise services.

 

Web 2.0, which allows information to be sourced from many locations and displayed as composite parts of new applications, is changing the way enterprises use the Internet for business interactions with employees, customers, partners and suppliers, according to a recent Alcatel Lucent whitepaper.

 

Company officials contend that cloud computing "is on the horizon with the promise to reduce costs by creating virtual computing 'clouds' in cyberspace."

 

New business models enabled by Web 2.0 and cloud computing are indeed creating more challenges by externalizing business processes and moving them to cyberspace where there is less control of private data and the traditional enterprise perimeter can no longer provide a sufficient defense.

 

The new business models are being rapidly adopted without mastering how to make the technology less vulnerable, according to Alcatel Lucent officials. As companies embrace mobile communications, enable employees to work from remote locations, and co-market and sell with partners, the enterprise IT team needs to respond with new security methods to keep the enterprise secure.

 

As such, an advanced and secured communications network is the key to enabling an enterprise to respond to this new business environment and become a dynamic enterprise.

 

According to the Deloitte survey, cloud computing enthusiasm was somewhat tempered by executives' concern over security and privacy, as 34.6 percent cited these issues as the largest considerations for adopting cloud computing in their organizations.

 

However, by following a user-centric security blueprint, enterprises will be positioned to leverage new business models made possible by Web 2.0, cloud computing and mobile communications technology.

 

According to Alcatel Lucent, this blueprint describes the elements required to:

 

·         Secure the voice and data fabric of the network given new requirements for security;

·         Empower employees of the enterprise to maximize productivity;

·         Drive down the cost of securing the enterprise; and

·         Deliver the information concerning security that must be managed.

 

They will also be able to continually evolve to respond to new and increasingly sophisticated security threats, the growth of cybercrime and the introduction of new regulations.

Enabling the Application & Content Provider: Collaboration for Innovation

By offering their partners access to their network intelligence, network operators can foster a more trusting, more equitable relationship with ACPs, prompting them to not only develop more applications and content faster, but to tailor them to targeted subscribers, creating a more viable and predictable revenue model.

Alcatel-Lucent Turns Focus to Green IT, Launches Eco-Sustainability Site

To supports its global eco-sustainability campaign, Alcatel-Lucent has recently launched its new Eco-sustainability Web site, which details its corporate mission to promote environmentally aware communications technology across the globe.

Competition vs. Collaboration: Strategies for New Revenue Generation

The idea is that working in tandem with other industry experts facilitates more rapid development of products that will be more widely available, more reliable, and more cost effective to develop. In addition, market acceptance is increased due to the collaborative nature of the product(s) - there is less hesitation resulting from the perception of single-vendor bias.

What is the impact of new IP applications on wireless networks?

Depending on the specific applications and their automatic or manual refresh sequences, and the nework dormancy timer (the maximum time before a connection is automatically deactivated after non-usage), and, of course, download speeds, a recent Alcatel-Lucent white paper describers how different variations on a single application can result in significant differences in transmission loads and the number of signaling events in a one-hour actual RF airtime span.

Top Attributes of an Enterprise Network Transformation Partner

It's no surprise that enterprises today that are looking to improve operational efficiency and increase customer satisfaction are relying more and more on a hosted model solution. 
  As voice and data networks remain critical tools for companies to grow revenue and satisfy customers, businesses have an increasing need to outsource the management of the technology to equipment vendors and manage service providers   After all, partnering with communications solution providers is a good choice to help lead enterprises to next generation networks.   Experts at Alcatel-Lucent said the benefits of working with managed service providers that have the right experience to manage and transform enterprise voice and data networks give enterprises strategic advantages in today's marketplace. To maintain a competitive edge, enterprises must evolve their networks to take advantage of the various capabilities being introduced and supported around the world, the company said.   "Network transformation can lead to altered network topologies that align with the structure of the applications, services and business processes that are also evolving within the enterprise," Bruce Rowland, a consultant with Alcatel-Lucent, wrote in a company white paper. "The impact of these transformations typically spans significant improvements in costs, reliability, security, manageability and performance."   Such transformations include WAN optimization, the switch to VoIP and unified communication, enterprise security refresh, a contact center refresh and the move toward a wireless enterprise.   But how do enterprises ensure they are making the right network transformation? By teaming up with the right partner, a critical component to a company's success. Alcatel-Lucent outlined the following characteristics companies would find in an ideal partner:   • Works directly with the chief information officer • Manages external IT partners and suppliers • Understands enterprise network technology • Understand enterprise communications • Understand voice and data carriers, both fixed and mobile • Understands carrier equipment and networks of the carriers • Experienced working in a multi-vendor environment • Has no vested interest in the enterprise's other expense streams • Experienced in management • Experienced in transformation   But no matter whether companies choose a system integrator, network service provider or network equipment manufacturer for a partner, the process requires a thorough examination of the potential partner's experience, references and position in the marketplace, Alcatel-Lucent said.   "With a single network outsourcing partner, the enterprise can build a powerful relationship that will reduce costs and improve service while allowing it to concentrate on products and customers.

Speeding Evolution to Stay Competitive - The Right Blend of Network Bandwidth and Speed During LTE Migration

These days, seeing young consumers with high-tech gadgets like an iPhone or other smart phone device with Internet capabilities, is pretty common.  As the desire for those very devices increases, so does the demand for increased bandwidth-intensive services.

 

And because consumers' usage patterns keep evolving, wireless operators need to develop a new strategy to support various multimedia offerings at a lower cost.

Top 10 Ways to 'Free Your Network' and Successfully Work with Third Parties

Telco interest in working with third-party service providers and developers is growing fast, and with good reason.   In the 15 years since the Internet became a global phenomenon, there has been an intense growth in the number of services that customers are able to access through their telecommunications connection, most of which have been created and supplied by third parties.   Network providers basically today have two choices - a) to be providers of only a small number of mostly commoditized services, b) or to work with third parties to add value to the customer's overall experience of using Internet and Web services.   The shift to third-party services is accelerating as more software platforms are making it easier build and upload new ideas to the Web's expanding community of users. Look no further than Facebook to realize the wide range of ways in which open platforms are being used to leverage businesses and expose them to greater opportunities.

Leveraging Multi-industry Ecosystems to Speed Service Innovation

ABI Research predicts that Verizon Wireless, for example, will spend close to $30 billion on spectrum and infrastructure, and while LTE technology will present Verizon and other operators with significant reductions in operating costs, they will still need to find new revenue streams support their business models to compete effectively.

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