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What's With the MSO Consolidation?

Charter was the first company to make a play for TWC. Now reports are in that Charter is chasing Bright House....

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Expect Security Funding Bubble to Pop in 3-5 Years

Security is one of the hottest areas in tech right now. Indeed, there is infinite possibility in this space because technology...

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SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick's Day

Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day.  Let’s finish his day.  Right now, he’s in a rush to...

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Verizon Invites the Channel Once More

Jon Arnold wrote up a good review of Verizon's Broad Cloud offering (VCE). One glaring problem is that it targets in...

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Media Servers and St. Patrick's Day

Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network.  Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s...

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What Can You Learn from Target?

I was reading a couple of articles about Target. The retailer has not been doing well lately, including closing all Canada...

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Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day.  When...

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Open API Establishes New Relationship Between Network Providers, Third-Party Partners

Inconsistent policies, practices and requirements across multiple networks can make application development a costly and lengthy process.   Supported by a mediation platform, Alcatel-Lucent's Open API Service allows developers, content providers and advertisers to access multiple network capabilities through a single, published set of standards-based APIs. The APIs cover all development needs and enable consistent support policy evaluation and enforcement across all networks, according to company officials.   As a result, end users get new services, ACPs get their services and content to market faster, and network providers get new revenue streams   "Alcatel-Lucent's Open API Server portal brings developers and wireless carriers together in a mutually beneficial way that's also simple. We interface with developers on behalf of telcos to reduce the complexity and cost of sharing APIs in a secure way," blogged Alcatel-Lucent's Mark Hudson.   For service providers, this streamlined approach reduces the operational complexity associated with managing a large number of external developers by funneling all third party applications through a central, controlled, and secure environment.

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.

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