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Wearable Tech Expo 2014 Kicking off in NYC

My team is at the Jacob Javits Center setting up for Wearable Tech Expo 2014 which will take place Wednesday and Thursday...

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #7

Tsahi Levent-Levi’s white paper, “Seven Reasons for WebRTC Server-Side Processing,” details a variety of WebRTC-related scenarios that necessitate a media server....

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How signaling spikes affect networks: 3 real-world examples

By: Josee Loudiadis, Director of Network Intelligence, Alcatel-Lucent

Data and signaling growth are usually good news for network operators, since growth often translates into higher revenues. But when growth is averaged over a month or quarter, the daily highs and lows of network activity are smoothed out. And signaling spikes remain hidden within the averages. These spikes can overwhelm available signaling capacity, which impairs the customer experience, as well as the operator’s reputation.

What happens when a spike occurs? Typically, a CPU Overload alarm appears on various mobile nodes. And the Network Operations Center (NOC) immediately starts praying that the burst is short-lived and doesn’t go over maximum peak-rate capacity. Because when that happens, all consumers are denied service access. Then, the process of identifying the source of the problem begins. This can be arduous, because it often involves applications completely out of NOC control. And the issue can’t be resolved easily without solid network analytics that enables engagement with application and device developers.

That’s the reason signaling information is a crucial part of the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Apps Rankings report and why LTE World 2014 devotes an entire pre-conference day to the topic. It’s also why this blog offers a closer look at how some real-world disruptive signaling spikes got started — and were finally resolved.

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The Expanding Channel Programs

Not only do I see more cloud service providers looking to the channel for sales, I see other channel programs expanding....

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When Does WebRTC Need a Media Server? Reason #6

In a recent blog about the current state of WebRTC, I mentioned that readers should check out an excellent white paper...

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The Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: It's Not All About Data- Mobile Voice and Messaging Share Plans Offer Plenty of Appeal

Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe continues the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series by examining the degree to which consumers are interested in share plans that include unlimited voice and messaging but don’t include data.

The last Six Degrees blog explored consumer attitudes toward two different mobile share plan options: sharing data only and sharing voice, messaging and data. This blog will explore attitudes toward a 3rd option: sharing unlimited voice and messaging — but not data — across multiple devices or subscribers.

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200G Optical Networks: What you need to know

By: Earl Kennedy, IP Transport Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Optical network operators have already made the move to 100G. But skyrocketing bandwidth demand means many are already pondering what’s next. With a 200G optical solution hitting the market, you probably have questions about when to move to 200G optical – and what you need to know when you make that move.

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Personal Brand

February 10, 2014

Ring Central and J2 are Popping

February 10, 2014

Ring Central saw a bump in the stock price in Wall Street's response to RC's earnings report. Quarterly revenue increased 37% year-over-year to $45.3 million. Total revenue was $160.5 million for the full year of 2013, up 40% from the full year of 2012.

CEO Vlad Schmunis announced that "TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, has selected RingCentral's cloud-based services to deliver advanced communication solutions for its business customers." RC has a similar deal with AT&T.

Google Enters the Video Conference Space IRL

February 10, 2014

So Google is bringing Hangouts to your living room or your office. Google has launched a hardware package for video conferencing that is $1000. TechRepublic breaks it down, but simply it is Intel i7 processor in an ASUS computer with an HD camera, a combined speaker and microphone, and a remote control.

The service costs $250 per year and has connections to Vidyo and UberConference.

We Don't Have a Polycom or Dropbox Problem

February 7, 2014

To all the folks in marketing in the IT and telecom industry, get better!

Get better at telling the story. Work really hard at crafting the Positioning story. Sweat over the unique value proposition.

Is Verizon Warring on AWS, Netflix?

February 5, 2014

A bunch of articles that were forwarded to me today -- Mashable, GigaOm, and a blog -- all about the consumer experience with FiOS, Verizon's fiber-to-the-home service, is throttled to certain destinations like AWS.

The blog post shows a chat session where a VZ tech confirms the limiting bandwidth for home users to cloud providers like AWS and Netflix. (Netflix utilizes AWS.)

I don't have FiOS.

Tidbits and Things Part 134

February 5, 2014

On December 16, 2013, Littlejohn & Co., LLC, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, announced the acquisition of Hostway Corp. a leading provider of hosted information technology solutions to over 500,000 small and medium-size businesses and enterprise customers. Littlejohn will serve as an active shareholder and board of directors in support of the Company's plan to capitalize on the tremendous demand for hosted IT solutions. [via Hostway pr]. Hostway announced a new CEO today, Robert Boles.

Does Broadsoft Have a Problem?

February 3, 2014

M5 Networks before being purchased by ShoreTel migrated from a Broadsoft platform (M6) to its own software. Sure, they had to hire 100 developers to replace the Broadsoft but still.

The biggest noise out of the Cloud Comm Alliance is that the licensing fees for the platform are like paying vigorish to a loanshark. RingCentral execs used that vig as a reason that some CCA members should migrate to the RC platform instead.

The Chatter is that 2 CLECs are Combining

February 3, 2014

Chatter on Atlanta Biz Journal and on stock boards is that Cbeyond is prepping for a sale. The last month has seen many CLEC jobs get axed - 100 at Cbeyond, 400 at EarthLink and a bunch at XO. Also, CBEY fired a banker -- that's always a sign of M&A. (The only signal they didn't give was to hire Andy for PR.)

AT&T To Take on OTT

February 2, 2014

AT&T and Beats Music rolled out a music service during the Super Bowl. AT&T is taking on Pandora, Spotify and Apple iTunes.

Bloomberg reports that "Music-streaming services need 5 million to 10 million paying customers to be profitable after paying licensing fees to rights holders, according to Roger Entner, an analyst with Recon Analytics in Boston."

The cellcos are losing ground (and margin) to OTT (over-the-top) companies like Spotify, WhatsApp, Snalchat and more. AT&T has been funding hack-a-thons for a couple of years to get an app store off the ground.

Banking Today (facts)

February 2, 2014

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