• Country Music and Wi-Fi Offload

    This past Sunday night, I went to the Academy of Country Music’s (ACM) 50 th awards at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, Texas. If nothing else, this certainly represented the most cowboy boots in one place I’ve ever seen. So why am I...
  • MVNOs vs MNOs, are the MVNOs taking over? Certainly the French Riviera.. for now!

    So long Barcelona, this week the mobile industry will travel to Nice on the French Riviera for the MVNO World Congress, #MVNOIS, where a much thriving community of operators and enablers, aka the MVNXs, are gathering. Europe is the pioneer of the MVNO...
  • IoT vs. M2M

    At Mobile World Congress, the Internet of Things (IoT) and those promoting that sort of thing came out of the woodwork. In fact, these types of companies are likely causing Mobile World Congress to change from a show dedicated to the mobile telecom industry...
  • What is GitHub?

    What is GitHub? If you love writing code, you may want to get to know GitHub if you haven’t already. GitHub was formally launched in 2008 and has drawn in more than 9 million users and over 21.1 million repositories . GitHub has been described...
  • The NFV End Game Part 2

    If it’s true that NFV will end the “end-to-end solutions coming from a single vendor” and usher in the “best of breed” approach, then it means significant changes for this industry. Some large players that have end-to-end...
  • What is a TADHack?

    If you have been following our social messaging, you probably noticed that we are going to be participating in TADHack-mini London , which will be focusing on WebRTC . You may have wondered or are wondering, “What is this?” So, I am going...
  • The NFV End Game and Ushering in a New Wave of Players

    The clock is ticking and it’s about to strike midnight. NFV will usher in an era of change for the telecom industry yet again. The players will change, just like they changed with the ushering in of VoIP. Nortel is no more, Alcatel and Lucent merged...
  • What is MSRP?

    Figure1. Illustration of MSRP and PowerMedia XMS for video voicemail application. What is MSRP? What are the advantages? Message Session Relay Protocol (MSRP) is a protocol for text or multimedia instant messaging (SMS), which exchanges a series...
  • SmartPhoneMan and His Interaction with Media Servers on St. Patrick’s Day

    Last week we made it about halfway through SmartPhoneMan’s day. Let’s finish his day. Right now, he’s in a rush to get home for the fantasy baseball draft. Everyone is scattered across the country and uses different methods to call in...
  • The Latest Look at Media Servers

    We’re delighted with the informative byline article that our own, Jim Machi, senior vice president of product management and marketing at Dialogic, had published in Internet Telephony recently. A true thought leader, Jim has been publishing articles...
  • Media Servers and St. Patrick’s Day

    Last week I wrote about the important role media servers play in the network. Today is St. Patrick’s Day and let’s see how SmartPhoneMan interacts with Media Servers. SmartPhoneMan is just like you and me. He keeps a smartphone on him all...
  • Why Would Any Network Need to Support Transcoding and Transrating?

    How do you take a sample of analog voice and digitize it? This is what a codec basically does, and there are several different codec flavors used in telecommunications networks to transport voice and video across IP networks. What is the reason for this...
  • Media Servers Will Play an Increasingly Important Role for Telco Apps

    Media servers play an important role in enabling many of the real-time communications applications many of us use every day. When you retrieve a voice mail, have an email read back to you while in the car or get on a conference call, a media server is...
  • The MWC 2015 Reality

    A month ago I wrote a blog about what I’d expect to see at Mobile World Congress. At that time, I expected to see 5G messaging, NFV, some VoLTE and video. So how did I do? Based on being there just on Monday, and based on the fact that I don’t...
  • Why Carriers and WebRTC Don’t Have to be the Same Magnet Polarization and Can be Partners Part II

    Last week, I started exploring why WebRTC is interesting for carriers and wrote about extending existing applications with WebRTC to keep the offerings fresh. But WebRTC may also be a way to compete with OTT apps that are riding on top of their network...
  • Why Carriers and WebRTC Don't Have to be At the Same End of the Magnet, Part 1

    While WebRTC seems to be emerging as an enterprise play, because of it’s contact center enhancement capability , I’ve been asked more than a few times why WebRTC might be good for service providers or carriers. This is an especially important...
  • Network Outages and the Economic Impact of Churn

    Network outages happen! A Heavy Reading survey of mobile operators found that they are spending significant dollars – over $15 billion a year - addressing service and network outages. The same survey identified that the three major causes of network...
  • 5 Critical IMS/NGN Softswitch Attributes to Achieve True Geographical Redundancy

    Over the top (OTT) voice application providers continue to challenge the traditional voice carriers making it critical for them to differentiate their offerings by delivering high quality and reliable services. An important consideration to support this...
  • Moving Forward with NFV and OPNFV

    There has been and continues to be a lot of hype around NFV. The benefits are highlighted above – namely CAPEX and OPEX reduction because of a move to software running on COTS servers in cloud based environments, and the resultant expected new service...
  • What does 4G mean for the average mobile user?

    While the mobile industry is firing up for the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where it will present its innovative mobile technologies, networks and solutions, we’ll probably be overwhelmed with buzz words like 4G, 5G, VoLTE, Internet...
  • Is Your IMS/VoLTE Future Still Unclear? You Need to Take This First Step Regardless

    According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) more than 80 operators are investing in Voice over LTE networks and 14 of those are currently in production. For operators like SK Telecom, SingTel, T-Mobile US and KDDI and several others, VoLTE...
  • What to expect at MWC 2015

    Mobile World Congress is right around the corner . While there are some constants, such as crowds, lots of walking, even more meetings and those ubiquitous cheese and/or jamon sandwiches for lunch, there are changes in messaging from year to year. This...
  • Changing the SIM game?

    The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM that “gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan...
  • WebRTC and the Enterprise

    I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought it read “How WebRTC can SAVE the Enterprise.” So I was like “wow, that’s an interesting thought”...
  • What is 5G?

    In my 2015 predictions blog, I predicted we’d start to see much more about 5G. As I said in that blog, 5G is a concept that seems to have sprung from “OK, We Rolled out LTE, Now What’s Next?” coupled with “A Major Mobile...