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Benefits of Standardization in the Internet of Things

By: Tim Carey, Industry Standards Manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s Customer Experience Division

The world of M2M is changing as solutions move from single purpose devices that transmit data to and receive commands from an application in the network to an Internet of Things where solutions permit devices to be multi-purpose and applications to be collaborative.

The Internet of Things can benefit from global standardization efforts that:

  • Enable deployment of standards compliant devices and applications with no or minimal customization thereby expanding the applicable device ecosystem and reducing deployment time
  • Provide an ecosystem that readily allow applications to share information and experiences
  • Provide an environment where communication occurs securely and the privacy and confidentiality of the user is maintained

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Successful Communications Services Have Six Features in Common

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Large enterprises increasingly resemble public network service providers as they manage access, transport and network routing while controlling devices and sessions. Whether businesses build their own or buy their communications services through a public provider, the IP communications architectures are looking remarkably similar.

“I’ve noticed that both private service operators (CIOs of large enterprises) and public service providers are implementing very similar solutions around the globe,” wrote Oliver Krahn in a recent TechZine article, 6 Steps that Improve Communications Services.
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Most Mobile Traffic Happens In-Building, and Operators Need to Beef Up Their Support

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Most mobile traffic is consumed indoors, and operators need to get a better grip on serving this market since it is a huge one.

Roughly 80 percent of mobile traffic is now consumed in-building, according to a recent Gartner study, whether mobile bandwidth is consumed in a public space, a shopping mall, or at the office. The total market for in-building services is estimated to be $4.3 billion currently, according to ABI research, and it is expected to grow to $8.5 billion by 2019.

Business leaders recognize the need, too; 72 percent of businesses are interested in enterprise cells that can boost performance on their premises. An Alcatel-Lucent infographic tells the tale.

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Most Mobile Traffic Happens In-Building, and Operators Need to Beef Up Their Support

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Most mobile traffic is consumed indoors, and operators need to get a better grip on serving this market since it is a huge one.

Roughly 80 percent of mobile traffic is now consumed in-building, according to a recent Gartner study, whether mobile bandwidth is consumed in a public space, a shopping mall, or at the office. The total market for in-building services is estimated to be $4.3 billion currently, according to ABI research, and it is expected to grow to $8.5 billion by 2019.

Business leaders recognize the need, too; 72 percent of businesses are interested in enterprise cells that can boost performance on their premises. An Alcatel-Lucent infographic tells the tale.

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What is TADS all about?

On November 12 and 13 TADS will happen.  TADS bills itself in the following way: “TADSummit (TADS) is focused on building...

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Will George Clooney's Wedding Popularize Burner Phones in Your Company?

This morning, news broke that even more celebrity nude photos of have leaked and that George Clooney handed out burner phones to...

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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.

Alcatel-Lucent Launches "Enriching Communications" e-Zine

To help drive the growth of LTE technologies and support operators looking form information on how to approach its challenges, the first edition of the online version of Enriching Communications focuses on business growth through migration the LTE.

Best Practices for Optimizing Subscriber Migration and QoE During Transition from Legacy to LTE Networks

In fact, although CDMA and EV-DO technologies offer a smooth migration path to LTE technologies, each mobile operator has to consider its own needs with regards to time to market, choice of migration path, ecosystem development, interoperability, spectrum efficiency, and CAPEX.

Evolve to a More Stable Business Model and Create New Revenue Opportunities

By embracing a the applications enablement ideal, and a high leverage network, operators will put themselves, and their partners, well on the path to a sustainable, mutually beneficial business model for the next generation communications environment. And ultimately, both will benefit from the ability to combine to deliver new, innovative, and rich set of applications to the user community.

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