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Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running...

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Charter Ditches Wholesale

Charter made some moves recently including bidding from Bright House Networks, bidding for TWC and re-branding its business services. It lost...

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Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

This past Sunday night I attended the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards, hosted at the AT&T Stadium outside...

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Why Aren't You My Customer?

COMPTEL had a sales training session for attendees with Stephen Schiffman. Schiffman has written 50+ books in his 35 year career...

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How Imagine Communications is Bringing Video Distribution to the cloud and Beyond

At the end of 2014 I declared Imagine Communications one of the companies to watch in 2015, specifically stating: The video industry...

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The Race to Gigabit is About Business

The cable companies racing to Gigabit networks isn't about delivering ultra-fast broadband to consumers. The Gigabit announcements get them good PR...

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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.

The Eco-benefits of Green IT for the Dynamic Enterprise

Ultimately, there are a number of ways any business can leverage green IT to increase its business operations while reducing its environmental impact - from effective planning strategies to more efficient infrastructure to the business process enabled by IP communications. All of these are central to not only an eco-sustainability strategy today, but to the evolution to a more dynamic enterprise environment.

Take the Quiz to See How Dynamic Your Enterprise Is

Businesses are quickly learning that they need to invest in technologies that enable a constant flow of information between colleagues, partners, and customers - to become a dynamic enterprise.

Using IVR systems as a competitive advantage

The secret to business success is really no secret at all: It's all about providing high quality customer service, whatever your particular industry. In fact, a survey conducted by Alcatel-Lucent back in 2007 found that three-quarters of 4,200 respondents said they would continue to business with a company with which they had a great contact center experience.

Best practices for cost effectively supporting the explosion of intelligent applications and wireless devices

The new year is upon us, and with that comes the hope and expectation of a number of live LTE-based network rollouts, particularly from Verizon Wireless, which is expected to turn up LTE in as many as 30 markets by the end of the year.

How Outsourced Network Management Will Help You Take Control of Your Business Transformation

For these operators, that also means devising new strategies that will allow them to successfully accomplish these different, yet intimately intertwined tasks that define their success. In today's new world of constantly evolving communications technologies - which impacts the entire value chain, from infrastructure and hardware vendors to network operators to subscribers - the need to more rapidly than ever adapt to new demands and new technologies often means enlisting the help of trusted partners.

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