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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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California Lawmakers Plunge Some Transactions into 3rd World

California has come up with a law that hurts the very people it says it is protecting by making it difficult to...

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Globys Uses the Power of Social to Boost Carrier Sales

You may recall a commercial for Faberge Organic shampoo from decades back where the person using the shampoo said when you...

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The Expo News Update

Datapipe, a global managed IT provider, acquired Layered Tech to add to its US federal government business. Layered Tech adds security...

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Practical and Smart IMS

Last week, I wrote about the drivers behind the recent increase in IP multimedia system (IMS) deployments. As communication service providers...

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Just Plain Craziness - and Charter-TWC

January 14, 2014

I reside in Tampa, where a retired police office shot a man to death in a movie theater at a matinee over the man texting during the movie. Then a Georgia sheriff holds a kid at gunpoint because the line was moving too slow at McDonalds. The world is going crazy.

I expect the DC circuit to side with Corporations like Comcast (in 2010) and Verizon (today).

Net Neutrality Loses

January 14, 2014

As expected Verizon won, "the DC circuit, in which the appeals court struck down the FCC's net neutrality rules because the the FCC had no mandate under the rules it used to issue that ruling." TechDirt has a good look at how both sides - carriers and net neutrality.

In 2005, with the Brand-X case and the FCC, this ruling was written. "Given that the Commission has chosen to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers, the Communications Act expressly prohibits the Commission from nonetheless regulating them as such. Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order." [ARS]

4 Moves in January

January 9, 2014

Colocation provider, FiberMedia Group, combined with Bay Area Internet Services under the new name: vXchnge. BAIC was acquired by the Stephens Group, which also owns FiberMedia.

FYI, a nice chart of the top retail colocation companies. Equinix is at about $2B of annual revenue at the top of this space and Savvis is second at approximately $1 Billion.

Coolest Thing about 3-D Printing

January 8, 2014

WCS Buys Alteva Subsidiary

January 8, 2014

From an email from WCS (Wholesale Carrier Services, Inc.) today. "WCS announced that it acquired substantially all the assets and infrastructure of USADatanet, a subsidiary of Alteva Communications, Inc. in all-cash transaction. This key addition to WCS' network and engineering/IT assets marks a major milestone in WCS' strategic evolution to a true next-generation global facilities-based carrier that delivers converged voice and data communications services through a patented software-as-a-service supply chain platform."

This statement confuses me: "The acquisition brings new capabilities to WCS including state-of-the-art hosted PBX/IP Centrex platform and full ACS/call enter functionality; integrated audio conferencing bridge and voice platform with an integrated T.38 IP Fax platform.

AT&T Buying Customers from T-Mobile

January 6, 2014

The Marketing to One

January 6, 2014

Whether it is wearable tech or consumer electronics, are we entering a time of marketing to one?

The Verge has an article about the impact of Kickstarter on CES in Vegas this week. The most telling quote, "If Sony sold 85,000 watches, we'd call it a failure. When Pebble does it, it's a rousing success." Think about that.

Pay to Play

January 3, 2014

One common question, "How do you get listed in a research study?" My answer: It's pay to play. And people look at me, thinking, "What a cynic." Well, I am rather cynical, but that doesn't mean what I said wasn't true.

Take a look at any research study about UCaaS or some other buzzword service. Is it a comprehensive list of the true players in the space?

Are You Missing the Point?

January 3, 2014

As we enter the trade show season - all 11.5 months of it - here's something to think about: what are you doing with your marketing? You spend here and there on this and that, maybe you track it (maybe you don't), maybe you just look at the sales numbers to see if IT is working or not.

In my RSS feed, many (many) bloggers have given up. They haven't written anything in over a year.

The Ridiculousness of My Cloud

December 30, 2013

"Finally a cloud of your own" by Western Digital. You can watch the commercial here. WD My Cloud personal cloud storage is a funny idea. People can't secure their home wireless router.

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