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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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Open API Marries Developers, Service Providers to Same Value Chain

Bringing together developers and service providers together to support the rapid creation and secure testing of new services is the crux of Alcatel-Lucent's integrated application enablement innovation suite.   I recently had the opportunity to speak with Alcatel-Lucent's Jeff Cortley, who explained that the fundamental dilemma today for networks is the magnitude and breadth of applications, video, etc., which are making more demands on the network, and subsequently requiring operators to continue to invest in more capacity and bandwidth.   "The current model for how revenue is partitioned doesn't really incent and motivate the carrier to keep making that investment," said Cortley, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Subscriber Data Management business. "One aspect of high leverage networks is, how do you drive down the cost per bid of the network and, therefore for the same investment that you're making today, you have the same capacity to support this growth, but then also put more capability in the network to allow it to be more responsive and provide more control for applications that are running across the network."   According to Cortley there is willingness by the developers who are in fact very anxious to take advantage of some of these capabilities, but at the same time, they are also apprehensive in what it will take for them to become partners with large entities and setting up commercial agreements. They must also address logistical issues in order to ultimately take advantage of the opportunities brought on by this evolution of application enablement.   "The answer here is there needs to be a paradigm shift where there's a more equitable distribution of revenue across the value chain, and the way that we can get there is by having the network be more open to the application and content providers and have them leverage the value that the carriers can offer and therefore have them share some of that revenue rather than just ride over the top and consumer bandwidth without the carrier fully participating in that value chain," Cortley said.

Driving Global Eco-Sustainability through ICT Innovation

But, just as reducing the environmental impact of technology will not happen overnight, the discussion around how to best achieve such goals and who should lead the charge is not a one-time conversation. As such, in the January issue, editor-in-chief Ruth Killeen has put together another series of articles to further explore how the ICT sector can drive eco-sustainability not only within its own markets but, ultimately, on a much broader scale across global technology markets.

Check out the Open API Application Gallery!

Since July, developers who have been using Alcatel-Lucent's Open API Service technology to enhance their work recently released a slew of exciting, sophisticated, next-generation applications.

Mobile Apps to Thrive with Open API

As any network operator and developer in the communications technology space will tell you, services that helps them do their job more quickly and efficiently is always a welcomed addition. And as Web applications increasingly become the hot new tool for developers, more and more end users are deploying Alcatel-Lucent's Open API Service.

Alcatel-Lucent Helps Lay Foundation for Relationships between Developers and Service Providers

By Susan Campbell

As a service provider, it is likely that you understand the challenges you face in this new mobile society. Consumers want access to multimedia options anywhere and at any time. To meet these challenges, you need to align a new strategy with a new business model and embrace opportunities that allow you to deliver the solutions that customers want.

By partnering with Alcatel-Lucent, you can gain access to comprehensive solutions and partnerships as a result of the company’s Application Programming Interfaces (API) bundles, as well as an associated revenue sharing model that is designed to transform application development through the elimination of upfront costs for developers.

The Green Touch Initiative from Bell Labs: A New Shade of Green IT

Quite simply, today's networks are 10,000 times less energy efficient than their theoretical minimum, meaning that if networks were built from a purely energy conservation perspective, we could run today's networks for three years using the power required to run them for one day currently - and that's already acknowledging there needs to be some balance between performance and energy efficiency in order to meet user demands.

Smart Choices: Establishing a Solid Foundation for an Effective, Future-Ready Smart Metering System

Smart metering solutions provide power companies with a new, evolutionary way of monitoring and controlling power consumption in a real-time environment. Properly implemented solutions will not only create efficiencies on power grids, but can deliver financial benefits to utilities, who will have deeper insight into and control over their power networks.

The Key Benefits of Managing Security at a Network Level vs. a Device Level

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Cliff Grossner of security solutions marketing at Alcatel-Lucent. He explained that while certain kinds of security can be derived from managing security at the end point, Alcatel-Lucent's brand of enterprise security is more about managing security from the network.   "If you manage it from the endpoint you always get a fragmented view of the current security status of the enterprise, so that's always incomplete," Grossner said. "However, when you manage security from within the network, you then get the ability to have security that's applied consistently corporate-wide, applied consistently across voice data and mobility and also provides a very independent chain of control for the security team. That's also very important.

Transforming ICT for Sustainable Telecom Applications and Services

In fact, Bell Labs is set to announce a major new initiative on January 11, 2010, which it says has the potential to drive a fundamental transformation in network technology, resulting in a significant reduction of the ICT carbon footprint.

Top 5 Attributes of a Strategic Managed Services Provider

Given the competitive nature of the telecom industry, the benefits of a managed services partnership lend themselves well to creating a strategic advantage, as long as operators are diligent as they choose their partners. Given the risk involved, there is no alternative.

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