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Innovation Allows Broadband to Get to Fast Faster

By Susan Campbell

Demands on broadband providers have been nothing short of intense the last few years. The predicted “data storm” has arrived and users now expect more flexibility, capability, quality performance, and access to rich applications and features. This can be a challenge for service providers trying to meet the need, but is also creating new opportunities and revenue streams when challenges are overcome to improve service delivery overall.

A recent Alcatel-Lucent blog, Connecting the World – from Innovation to Reality, highlights these opportunities. Author Dave Geary, President Alcatel-Lucent Wireline, points out the socio-economic benefits of broadband. And, while we’re aware of the increase in mobility and growing demand for access, there are also a few other stats that may be surprising for some vendors, including that wirelines still mater.

High Leverage Networks: How and Why

Developing a High Leverage Network requires a two-pronged approach: develop new business models and introduce or improve personalized service offerings. These go hand-in-hand and must be pursued simultaneously.

Alcatel-Lucent Demonstrates Power of 100G with Softbank Telecom

By Susan J. CampbellNetwork 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...

Alcatel-Lucent Offers New HLN Website

By Susan J. CampbellThroughout 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...

Partnership with BT Leverages Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network Services

Alcatel-Lucent this week announced a five-year agreement with U.K.-based BT for the evolution of its 21st Century Network (21CN). Company officials said that this project leverages Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network architecture and transformational services. It is expected to further evolve BT's infrastructure and will...

Multimedia Consumption Increasing, Drives IP Network Change

By David SimsIncreasing consumption for multimedia is driving the need for fully transformed, IP networks. Operators need to keep pace with consumer demand for fully transformed IP networks.Of course the telecom value chain has changed significantly in the last 10...

Bucking the Status Quo

Businesses across industries today cannot stay in business if they simply maintain the status quo. Network operators in particular must innovate to keep pace with user expectations for services and quality.  To satisfy the ever-growing demand for high-bandwidth content and enhanced...

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.

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.

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.

Enhance Network Relevance to Strengthen Customer Relationships

In addition to the network infrastructure, operators have significant resources that can be leveraged to deliver applications and content more efficiently and reliably and, importantly, to the users that need or want them. It is these resources that can be leveraged to extend the value of the network to developers and content providers, increasing the ability to generate recurring revenue.

How can I minimize the risk of new investments while increasing my network bandwidth, capacity and speed?

It's a model that works well for both sides. The network owners are able to increase the return on their network investments thanks to increased "rental" traffic, and the "renters" gain access to subscribers in areas in which they don't own network assets without having to invest time and capital in building out their infrastructures.

Best Practices for Managing OPEX in Today's Challenging Climate

Instead, services become the differentiating factor, which is where providers will focus their investment, and service providers of the future may not even own any network assets. Instead, their efforts will be entirely focused on the customer - acquisition, interaction, and retention.

Address Legacy Network Phase-out While Developing Solutions from Embedded Network Assets

Such investment is also the only path to being able to support end user demands for more interactive broadband services, including multimedia services, as well as tighter integration between telecom and other media.

Which Web 2.0 Services End Users Want and Are Willing to Pay For

The key for service providers is being able to identify the services that will be most attractive, and for which users will be able to pay.

Create an Optimal Partner Ecosystem for Delivering New Services and Applications

This understanding of how to leverage third parties is a key component of Alcatel-Lucent's application enablement vision, which includes network evolution to a high leverage network, and collaboration with the application developer community - and, ultimately, managing the integration of new applications in the network environment and identifying ways to effectively monetize those relationships.

Monetizing Web 2.0

So, now that Stage One is well underway, with the user community deeply into the process of integrating Web 2.0 capabilities into their daily routines, the question becomes, how can businesses monetize Web 2.0? How can they join the broadband economy?
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