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Network Slicing – An A La Carte Network Service in 5G?

by Jim Machi

Oct 17, 2017 9:16:00 AM

I’ve been meaning to write about network slicing for a while.  When 5G was first being written about, network slicing was one of many hot topics about 5G. 5G, after all, is going to solve every potential mobile cellular issue we’ve ever come across. At least it seems that way.  And network slicing represented a certain nirvana.  By the way, 5G will be THE ANSWER until 5G specs are done, and it starts to get deployed, and then the hype will start for 6G.  And then we’ll have a new answer. Until then, let’s talk about how great 5G is.

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Topics: 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi

MVNO’s Need Their Own Infrastructure To Differentiate

by Jim Machi

Aug 8, 2017 10:11:50 AM

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are increasingly investing in their own infrastructure. Why?  Because running on someone else’s mobile network and trying to differentiate via marketing / branding isn’t good enough anymore.  So MVNO’s are putting in some of their own infrastructure to use with the host network to create functional differentiation in addition to the marketing differentiation. 019 Telzar in Israel has recently done this, and it resulted in a 50% increase in its customer base in 5 months. Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs) have also emerged to supply the infrastructure differentiation to the MVNO’s, so the MVNO itself doesn’t have to invest in the infrastructure.

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Topics: WebRTC, Fax, Modem, TDM, VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, IPX, Signaling

Future of the Multifunction Peripherals (MFP)

by Jim Machi

Aug 1, 2017 9:01:00 AM

MFP’s (Multifunction Peripherals) take up valuable real estate in an enterprise office environment.  As the world goes more digital and more green, it stands to reason that there will be less printing, less scanning, and less faxing. But they will remain essential to the office for when you do need to print, scan, or fax. So, what can you do with them to maximize the real estate?

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Topics: WebRTC, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Communications Application Development

Intersecting Real-Time Communications with IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence

by Thomas Schroer

Jun 21, 2017 7:57:32 AM

The intersection of real-time communications applications, analytics, and intelligence opens the door to innovative solutions that provide value added capabilities for both businesses and consumers. Artificial and augmented intelligence and machine learning techniques consist of applications that replicate human capabilities as well as enhance them.

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Topics: 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, Internet of Things, Communications Application Development, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence

Do We Really Need 5G Right Now?

by Jim Machi

May 30, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Last week, I wrote about how great of a tool the Cisco VNI is for mobile trend analysis and how it might not be best to use as THE ONLY definitive future forward-looking mobile trend predicter. The reason I really started looking at the Feb 2017 report, though, was because I wanted to see what it said about WiFi offload. I just went off on a tangent last week.  This week, I return to the topic of WiFi offload.

My thesis has been that if WiFi offers lower costs for operators (who willingly support WiFi offload), then why do they not support this even more, as opposed to spending money on 5G? 

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Topics: 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi

Six Cool Smart Connected Devices

by Thomas Schroer

May 24, 2017 12:07:32 PM

I reached out across the globe to some of my coworkers who are up on all things IoT and AI, and asked them to share some cool innovations they’ve recently come across. Here’s six that they wanted to share.

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Topics: 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, Internet of Things, Communications Application Development

What’s Going on at MWC 2017

by Jim Machi

Feb 28, 2017 2:44:42 AM

I’ve been at Mobile World Congress one day so far.  Here's what I've seen in terms of messaging.

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Topics: Events, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Internet of Things

ITExpo 2017 – Where Communications and IoT Intersect

by Alan Percy

Feb 15, 2017 9:33:16 AM

If you keep up to date with the latest innovations in communications technology, ITEXPO has always been one of the places to learn, meet key vendors, and network.  With a regular winter event in southern Florida every year, it’s hard to say “no” to attending.  This year did not disappoint, especially with the addition of a co-located Internet of Things (IoT) event and even more to see and experience during your trip to Florida.  A few key observations:

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Topics: WebRTC, Events, VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, Signaling, Internet of Things

Scoring My 2016 Predictions

by Jim Machi

Dec 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This is the time of year I typically grade myself on the predictions I made this time last year.

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Topics: WebRTC, Fax, Modem, TDM, VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, NFV/SDN & Cloud, Internet of Things

Ad Blockers vs Mobile Advertisers

by Jim Machi

Nov 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In September, I wrote a blog on why mobile advertising is expected to grow based on Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report. Something to be considered is that there is also an opposing force to this: ad blockers. When you think of ad blockers, you probably think of it as an extension on your browser on your desktop that can only block ads when browsing on your computer. Ad blockers have kept up with the times and now provide smartphone-wide ad blocking...mostly with the exception of native ads.

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Topics: WebRTC, Fax, Modem, TDM, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi