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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Using Multimedia Content Management Solutions to Drive New Revenue While Increasing QoE

The evolution of networks, content, applications, and devices, combined with user's understanding of the capabilities available to them and their new expectations that result from this enlightenment make it critical for providers to be able to leverage flexible service delivery and management infrastructures.

Driving Innovation Through Multi-Industry Ecosystems

Indeed, ecosystems provide an opportunity for businesses that would have had little cause to work together under traditional business models, to generate added value for the members of a growing number of ecosystems as well as their end users.

Best Practices for Managing and Maintaining a Multi-Vendor Network

Every investment in today's cost-conscious climate goes through a lot of scrutiny. That said mobile operators face no shortage of challenges in today's market environment.   In their bid to improve their profitability and maintain their competitiveness, many mobile operators are rolling out new services meant to generate revenue and increase usage. They need to juggle diverse traffic types, keep track of complicated service level agreements and speed time to market - all while reducing capital and operating expense and generating new revenues.   Yankee Group estimates backhaul costs account for approximately 30 percent of network-related OPEX, while Heavy Reading noted recently that mobile carriers are increasing their spend on backhaul by 15 percent to 25 percent annually to meet demand for a high-quality HSDPA or EV-DO end-user experience.

How the Recession is Impacting Consumer Spending on Network-based Services

What it means is there is an ongoing opportunity for network operators, whose services are viewed as a much more fundamental part of everyday life than other leisure activities. Indeed, broadband service can be considered recession-proof.

Best Ways to Use the Content Management Enabler to Serve Multiple Devices and Screens

In an era when content is typically a few clicks away and consumers' thirst for media grows, network providers are increasingly looking to expand their next generation communications with multimedia services. While the popularity of social networking offers SMBS and large companies a host of revenue opportunities, end users are starting to explore the multi-screen concept to capitalize on some of the benefits.   One such company that can help fulfill end users' hunger for "always on," anytime and anywhere services is Alcatel-Lucent. The Paris-based company, which focuses on fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, developed a multi-screen experience that helps the movement of content and services across a multitude of devices.   Today, multimedia services are often characterized by companies' ability to grab end users' attention for lengthy periods of time. According to a recent Alcatel-Lucent white paper, video, for example, has the longest shelf life. And network providers can monetize that form of media by extending it from TV to mobile, PCs through mobile triple play offerings, remote access to user-generated content in home networks, and building upon existing video services to add value and other personalized information.   As people adopt modern day devices like PCs, notebooks, netbooks, and smart phones for greater convenience, traditional TV is no longer a viable means to reach consumers.

Speed Introduction of New Intelligent Applications and Time to Revenue

By collaborating closely with third-party developers and content providers - and by allowing them greater access to network resources, including QoS capabilities, network-based storage, and key subscriber and device data - operators will not only create long-lasting relationships with these providers by increasing their networks' value to them, but will also allow intelligent, contextual applications and services to be more efficiently developed and rolled out, lowering all-important time to revenue.

Alcatel-Lucent's "Enriching Communications" - The State of the LTE Market

The first online-only edition of the publication focused on the migration of 2G and 3G wireless networks to 4G technologies, specifically LTE. The process of network transformation from legacy environments to more agile, flexible, and stable 4G technologies has been a key area of focus for Alcatel-Lucent, including a particular emphasis on consulting customers on how to best approach the Broadband Stimulus component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Best Practices for Improving Time to Market of New Products and Services

These capabilities, made available to in-house developers or third-party partners, will allow for increased efficiency in the development of new services that can run on different platforms to support a wider user base.

Alcatel-Lucent's touchatag Announces Urban Game Challenge for Developers

This week, Alcatel-Lucent has taken steps to extend its touchatag service to a wider developer community, announcing a competition, called "Vienna Jungle Scrum," inviting developers to submit their entries for the most innovative Near Field Communications (NFC) urban game for mobile phones.

Lowering Network Costs While Increasing Your Broadband Footprint

In addition, high leverage networks, which can be implemented in stages - again to accommodate budget constraints - allow for the convergence of network infrastructures both vertically (across network layers) and horizontally (across residential, business, and mobile users), allowing for a single infrastructure to support multiple access technologies, providing a lower TCO - ultimately driving down cost of operation.

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