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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

3G is Still Coming, but LTE is Already Here

After all, building out their networks is not an inexpensive venture, nor an easy one. So, for many new and growing operators, making the move to LTE networks makes sense now.

Network Operators Can't Forget Backhaul

Alcatel-Lucent has a long history as an end-to-end infrastructure vendor, and is driving the move to all-IP networks with its broad set of solutions, which includes its Mobile Evolution Transport Architecture (META), which integrates multiple transport technologies into a single end-to-end network architecture to accommodate the growth in network traffic for its customers.

Alcatel-Lucent Continues Fixed Broadband Growth

Not only is its growth and overall market share competitively notable, since it comes at the expense of Alcatel-Lucent's competition, but at a time when service providers are more cautious than ever with their investments, retaining the top position provides it increased leverage when the economy finally revives.

Next Generation Communications for Next Generation Resort

For Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), that partner is Alcatel-Lucent, which will design and deploy the advanced infrastructure that will support the resort's extensive needs, including a state of the art Unified Communications solution for staff and guests, as well as a contact center solution.

WiMAX or LTE, Alcatel-Lucent Says the Choice is Yours

So, while it's clear that various industry pundits and participants are staunchly in one corner or the other, network operators faced with the decision as to which 4G technology to choose can at least sleep peacefully, knowing that, in Alcatel-Lucent, they have a willing -- and more than capable -- partner whichever path they choose.

Multi-Screen, the Next Generation Unified Communications Experience

There's been much talk in the voice communication world about fixed/mobile convergence (FMC).  Though it comes with a variety of definitions, depending upon whom you ask, the basic theory revolves around seamless integration of fixed-line and mobile communications, such as the ability to move from a cellular network to a corporate IP PBX without dropping the call and having to reconnect, including the integration of corporate directories and other features from the PBX into the mobile device.  

On a broader level, it is really about enabling a multi-device communications experience, which has increasingly come into vogue with the proliferation of mobile devices over the past several years.  But, that's really only the beginning.

 

The future of communications providers really lies in their ability to extend all forms of communications and multimedia content to multiple devices, such as the television monitor, the desktop, and the mobile device to deliver a true multi-screen experience.

 

As multimedia fixed and mobile service bundles grow in popularity, service providers are constantly seeking for the next great application or service, and subscribers are constantly asking for new capabilities, often around the integration of these services across multiple devices.  Of course, service providers should be keen on taking advantage of this trend because the ability to access services across multiple devices creates a highly sticky experience. 

 

When Microsoft launched its unified communications experience back in October of 2007, the idea was to provide the ability to access communications services on anywhere, at any time, on any device.  That same basic concept is what Alcatel-Lucent's multi-screen experience delivers.  For service providers, it allows them to deliver personalized services that heighten the user experience.  For the subscriber, it enables moving between locations and devices with the ability to access their content on any of them.  Alcatel-Lucent calls it a "Networkme," or "Network to the power of Me" experience. 

Next Generation Self-Sustainable Wireless Networking

Despite the incredible innovation in the communications space, both wireline and wireless, and the rapid growth of broadband access in areas that have, until recently, been without that luxury, there are still large populations across the globe that have limited or no access.   

Alcatel-Lucent, with its Bell Labs facilities, however, is looking to respond to the need for broadband access in remote and otherwise inaccessible areas.  Specifically, the company has launched what it says is the first alternative energy laboratory and pilot site in the world targeting the telecom industry in its Bell Labs site in Villarceaux, France, part of it Alternative Energy program.

 

Through this program, Alcatel-Lucent hopes to drive broadband access into rural areas, even those that fall outside commercial power grids, by developing energy-autonomous and efficient -- green -- wireless networking technologies that will help network operators overcome obstacles to providing broadband access.

 

The facility includes a wireless base station, powered by a hybrid system comprising solar panes and wind turbines -- as such it creates a power source independent of the power grid.  Researchers are also studying the potential use of other alternative energy sources, including fuel cells and bio-fuels.

 

"The site offers Alcatel-Lucent and its customers and its industrial, institutional, and academic partners, the ability to analyze, test and validate the solutions proposed by the dynamic, but fragmented, alternative energy sector," said Rich Garafola, director of Sustainable Power solutions at Alcatel-Lucent.  "It is also a center for people within the company and outside to discuss and try out new ideas to bring the world of telecoms and that of alternative energy closer together."

Mobile Operators Have to Get Personal

Knowing that, it is incumbent upon network operators to not only ensure their networks are capable of delivering their existing offerings, but to also ensure their viability into the foreseeable future. Which is why many, including Verizon Wireless, are already looking at deploying LTE (Long Term Evolution) technologies as a way of mapping out their network growth plans.

Delivering the Future with LTE

Alcatel-Lucent understands that LTE is the future of mobile communications, and has designed a solution to guide mobile operators through the transformation to that all-IP network. To find out how you can leverage Alcatel-Lucent's expertise to beat the competition to the next era of wireless communications, join them at the Mobile 2012 Virtual Tradeshow.

Alcatel-Lucent Maintains Outlook

Earlier this week, Alcatel-Lucent announced its Q1 earnings, which showed a reduction in first-quarter revenue, and a slightly lower gross margin on revenue. While not entirely unexpected, the results caused shares in the Franco-American telecoms gear maker to sink on the news.   Still, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen, maintained a positive keel, pointing to recent wins in 3G and LTE and increased business from the Asia-Pacific and North American markets.   "This quarter was about putting together the new Alcatel-Lucent. I am pleased with the customer response to our new direction and strategy", he said. "As we discussed before, 2009 will be a year of transition."   "While expected, given seasonality and tough market conditions, we are not pleased with the operating loss incurred in the first quarter," Verwaayen added. "Our guidance for the year remains unchanged and we are taking appropriate actions".     In December, when Verwaayen announced the company's strategic plan, he told analysts that Alcatel-Lucent expected the market for global telecom equipment and related services would be down between 8-12 percent.
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