When I’m meeting with customers, usually I do a brief overview of our product line. While we have all the cool software and NFV and AWS based network infrastructure, we also have some more traditional products. And when our customers find out we sell Signaling Transfer Points (STP) and other SS7 products, they sometimes are astounded these nodes are still being sold.
As Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) takes hold, which means there are key communications infrastructure nodes running your business that are now out of your physical control because they are running in the cloud, the ability to understand how these nodes are performing is more critical than ever.
As more and more enterprises are turning away from CPE based equipment to cloud-based services, Infrastructure as a Service is becoming more prevalent. One of the key infrastructure nodes that will be required on these enterprise IP-based virtual networks will be SBCs. These SBCs will still be required to serve their traditional roles including securing the network border and media transcoding for the cloud-based services, such as Unified Communications, that they support.
Last year, I refrained from making any telecom predictions. And no one complained. And this year I was content to continue down that path. However, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse regarding making 2018 predictions for the Fast Mode 2018 Trends and Outlook, so I did. The full article is linked below.
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.
Topics: 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi
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.
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?
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.
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?
Topics: 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi