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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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Saepta Wants to Be the Go to Survey Service

“From the moment you get up in the morning, you start to make decisions and I believe people love to engage through...

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Wave goodbye to all-you-can-eat mobile data plans

June 8, 2010

There was plenty of buzz about Apple's new iPhone 4. But less-noted was AT&T's abandonment of unlimited data plans. AT&T isn't the first carrier to observe that more is less when it comes to iPhone profits. As smartphone subscribers eat up rich media and interactive content, operational costs grow faster than ARPU.

Another brick in Google's VoIP wall

May 18, 2010

This morning Global IP Solutions announced that it has entered into a $68 million buyout agreement with Google. Add that to Google's February, 2010 announcement that it was undertaking an "experiment" to build 1-Gbps FTTH networks, and it's clear that Google has plans to become a serious telecom infrastructure player.

Another brick in Google's VoIP wall

May 18, 2010

This morning Global IP Solutions announced that it has entered into a $68 million buyout agreement with Google. Add that to Google's February, 2010 announcement that it was undertaking an "experiment" to build 1-Gbps FTTH networks, and it's clear that Google has plans to become a serious telecom infrastructure player.

FCC's Modest Broadband Oversight Proposal Not Cause for Hysteria

May 17, 2010

Despite the fact that everyone, from the Washington Post to career conspiranoid Alex Jones - Police State 4: The Rise Of FEMA - Don't Miss Out! Get Your Subscription Today! - is saying that Chairman Mao Tse Genachowski is enacting a diabolical master plan for crushing the free spirit of the Internet - not to mention Avatar downloads from BitTorrent - under the FCC's Wehrmacht, the FCC is not, repeat IS NOT, proposing to regulate ISPs like telephone companies.How do I know this? Because unlike most of these reporters, apparently, I actually read the FCC's 14-page statement.

FCC's Modest Broadband Oversight Proposal Not Cause for Hysteria

May 17, 2010

Despite the fact that everyone, from the Washington Post to career conspiranoid Alex Jones - Police State 4: The Rise Of FEMA - Don't Miss Out! Get Your Subscription Today! - is saying that Chairman Mao Tse Genachowski is enacting a diabolical master plan for crushing the free spirit of the Internet - not to mention Avatar downloads from BitTorrent - under the FCC's Wehrmacht, the FCC is not, repeat IS NOT, proposing to regulate ISPs like telephone companies.How do I know this? Because unlike most of these reporters, apparently, I actually read the FCC's 14-page statement.

Skype slights Mac community, Dan York bristles

May 13, 2010

Mac users just don't get no respect, as Disruptive Telephony's Dan York points out today in his kvetch about Skype's video group calling. But Skype keeps making money, despite its blinkered product strategy.

May 13, 2010

Mac users just don't get no respect, as Disruptive Telephony's Dan York points out today in his kvetch about Skype's video group calling. But Skype keeps making money, despite its blinkered product strategy.

Microsoft Kin: Another Misadventure in the World of Can't

May 5, 2010

It seems that the Kin is the dumbest smartphone in a competitive lineup of contemporary devices that almost-but-not-quite do things.

Other computer makers following Apple into the smartphone market?

January 30, 2009

While You Were Making VoIP Calls on Your TV at CES, Mobile TV Was Calling Your Phone

January 12, 2009

In his Fierce VoIP post on Monday, Doug Mohney reports that one of his takeaways from last week's CES is that your TV is morphing into a phone. Maybe so, but another - and potentially bigger - story at CES is how your phone is turning into a TV set.