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YipTV Offers Free Trials for International TV

The news of OTT video growth hasn’t abated – Netflix continues to impress with earnings, Verizon reportedly has a new millennial-aimed OTT...

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IPX Can Enable Revenue Innovation for Voice Wholesalers--Part I

When I attended International Telecoms Week (ITW) back in May, I wrote about how voice wholesalers are looking to expand their...

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Expect Cloud UC Player BroadVoice to Acquire and More Inside Scoop

BroadVoice begins to construct new headquartersBroadVoice has been having a great deal of success lately – they’re moving to a new HQ,...

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How The Marketing Behind U.S. Presidential Campaigns Works

While social media has become a big factor in political donations in the last decade or so, its worth pointing out a...

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Why Broadband May Not Be The Answer

This is a look at a typical Internet Minute: And that is the consumer stuff filled with social and real time...

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The Move to Software-based Telecom Infrastructure (NFV) is On

About a month ago Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director at TMC, asked me for my thoughts on network functions virtualization (NFV)—you can...

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Cogent Communications Multi-National ISP Success Story

Cogent Communications was founded by David Schafer in 1999, the same year as my first IP communications company Super Technologies, Inc. But,...

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Alcatel-Lucent Demonstrates Power of 100G with Softbank Telecom

By Susan J. Campbell

Network traffic has increased exponentially as consumers and businesses alike are demanding video streaming and on-demand solutions through their desktops, laptops, notebooks, tablets and smartphone devices. Alcatel-Lucent is developing solutions to help carriers meet this growing demand.

Softbank Telecom Corp. recognized the value offered in Alcatel-Lucent's 100G solutions. With help from Alcatel-Lucent, Softbank will deploy its next-generation optical networking solution with the ability to scale up to 100 gigabits per second. 
  Alcatel-Lucent is making its 100G-capable 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) featuring next-generation coherent technology available for Softbank. The carrier's network backbone will require fewer regeneration sites and enjoy a reduced operational cost and power consumption.

This Next-Generation Coherent technology from Alcatel-Lucent is designed to deliver unprecedented resilience to optical transmission impairments across the network.






Using Managed Services to Improve Competitiveness

By Susan J. Campbell

In a world where consumers continue to demand more from their network providers, those who are able to deliver on these demands will find they can thrive. Merely wanting to achieve this level is not nearly enough to make it happen, however, and key strategies must be in place to drive the Quality of Service (QoS) to deliver the optimal Quality of Experience (QoE).

For many a network operator, QoS and QoE are accomplished by implementing a managed services platform to maximize carried traffic with minimum network infrastructure. It may seem like a contradiction in terms, but if you sit back and take the entire situation into consideration - network operators want to effectively compete, but they don't want to add to their infrastructure.

This is where managed services can deliver what is needed. A company like Alcatel-Lucent provides the tools for constant monitoring, advanced problem detection, extensive diagnostic capability and vendor-independent traffic controls, capacity planning and service-level management.





Smart Buildings: The Time is Right

By Susan J. Campbell

Now that the lingo is in place, it no longer seems weird to apply adjectives such as "smart" and "intuitive" to inanimate objects. The previous generation would have likely laughed at the thought of calling a building "smart" but in this day of green initiatives and eco-sustainability, smart buildings are no longer the innovation of the future, but the desired design of today.

If you take a closer look at our treatment of the environment today, communications technology accounts for roughly 2 percent of global carbon emissions. This figure is expected to double by 2020 - especially if we continue on this current path as the demand for broadband services will also continue to grow.

It is essential to curb these emissions and reduce environmental impact through innovative solutions.





Digital Advertising Creates New Revenue Opportunities for Network Providers

By Susan J. Campbell
  As the game is constantly changing for network providers, one of the biggest challenges they face is to keep customers happy while also driving strong streams of revenue. Consumers are demanding new and better content on multiple devices and network providers are under constant pressure to deliver on quality.

The good news is there are ways to capitalized on this opportunity of new consumer demands. Consumers today want personalized, location-based information. In order to get that information and content, they must be able to provide information back to the network provider and subsequent partners.


Multimedia Integration Services Have New Micro-architecture of the MSFT Media Room IPTV Offer

By Susan J. Campbell

New service offerings will be the lifeblood of service provider business as consumers continue to demand better and richer content on a variety of screens. Those service providers who cannot deliver will find customer churn increasing. To avoid this problem, Alcatel-Lucent has developed a set of solutions.

These Multimedia Integration Services have been developed to help service providers to introduce a wide array of new service offerings, while also helping them to deepen their connections with subscribers by making it easier to access content wherever they are, and on any screen they prefer.

With Alcatel-Lucent's multimedia strategy, service providers can enjoy seamless connections between the various multimedia deliver systems available. A comprehensive strategy will focus on the delivery of a wide array of services to any location and will support these solutions.





Alcatel-Lucent to Host 100G Press Conference

By Erin Monda

Alcatel-Lucent, a leader in the fixed, mobile, and converged broadband networking industry, will host a live Web conference on June 9 to announce its latest advances in optical transport technology. The company intends to help service providers overcome capacity challenges presented by bandwidth intense services and applications.

A company spokesperson provided me with this insight into the announcement:  "We believe that the data tsunami is really the issue of the decade. The solution we plan to present next week will help our customers overcome their bandwidth challenges today and pave the way to offer new solutions in the future."
  Alcatel-Lucent considers higher-speed Ethernet to be critical in managing traffic demands. And it remains a pack leader when it comes to 100 Gigabit Ethernet capabilities. Last year, it was the first company in the industry to provide a serving router for the edge, where service providers need it most.




Reduce OPEX While Improving QoS with Self Organizing Networks

By Susan J. Campbell

Operational expenditures (OPEX) are a necessary evil in the larger organization. When it comes to managing the network however, network operator decision makers can improve the quality of service delivered to the customer base - a key focus in a market dedicated to developing customer loyalty - while also reducing OPEX when the network is able to organize itself to achieve maximum efficiency.

Alcatel-Lucent's self-organizing network (SON) technology is specifically designed by Bell Labs to reduce network planning, deployment and optimization costs as it automates the configuration and optimization of the femtocell. The result is higher throughout and faster, more reliable data connections that ensure the experience is optimized for all involved.

With this higher throughout and more reliable data connections, the femtocells can increase the uptake of 3G services, thereby generating additional revenues from services the network operator already offers.





Alcatel-Lucent Offers New HLN Website

By Susan J. Campbell

Throughout the service provider industry, the main point of focus is to support the growing demands on the network. Consumers want more rich content all the time and service providers must be able to meet this demand or face quality problems and customer churn.

In this quest to provide customers what they need, service providers are completely re-thinking their business model. A strong network foundation is necessary to offer the differentiated service experience necessary to meet demand and maintain customer loyalty.

To empower service providers to maintain the architecture necessary to achieve the necessary performance level to thrive in this challenging market, Alcatel-Lucent has developed the High Leverage Network (HLN).





Top Ways that Self Organizing Networks Drives Network Efficiencies

By Susan J. Campbell

Self-Organizing Networks (SON) sounds like an IT manager's dream - something that is self-monitoring and needs very little attention, which also drives optimal performance and efficiency. In truth, this technology is a key element for reducing operational costs, quickly adapting cell sites to network conditions and improving network quality.

SON from Alcatel-Lucent is designed to reduce network planning and deployment costs, while also improving network performance and operational efficiency through the automation of the configuration and optimization. 

The SON platform works by empowering the Alcatel-Lucent Small Cell solution to automatically configure itself to its surrounding network. It also enables for the periodic monitoring, updating and optimizing of its neighbor relation lists and handover parameters. Such an approach has been proven to reduce handover failures by as much as 80 percent.





SON Operations Explained in Alcatel-Lucent Paper

By David Sims

Recently Alcatel-Lucent produced a Flash presentation on self-organizing networks, inter-cell interference coordination. Needless to say the graphics are punchier than what you'll find in this article, but we'll give the play by play, you can hit the original for the bells and whistles.

The entire licensed frequency band is available to all LTE cells of an operator. When the terminal enters an area of high interference, this requires that any two neighbor cells always have different frequency patterns, or colors (you'll want to check the graphics out on this one). So Step One is the initial coloring: Each cell picks a color and checks with its neighbor to see if there's a conflict.

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