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Incumbent Innovation: Changing the Face of Telecom

By: Tim Young

Innovation:  it's what makes technology, business, and even society itself move forward. It's not a tangible end-goal as much as it is a process. A journey, if you will, rather than a destination. Often, we see innovation most clearly in the work done by tiny, agile start-ups staffed by plucky iconoclasts dedicated to the idea of fundamentally changing the way things are done. Within communications and entertainment technology (COMET), we generally look for this innovation to come from cutting-edge OSS and BSS software vendors and smaller competitive carriers and over-the-top (OTT) players…

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Pipeline's 2012 Innovation Awards

By: Jesse Cryderman

Innovation isn't just a buzzword for communications service providers (CSPs) operating in today's rapidly evolving, highly competitive global market. Innovation is a necessity. Informa Telecoms & Media predicts mobile data demands will spike ten-fold over the next five years, while operator revenues will only grow two-fold, and non-core data service revenues will drop more than 25 percent. CSPs simply must do things differently to remain relevant and profitable.Pipeline's Innovation Awards have been intentionally designed to identify and highlight the most innovative communications technologies and companies in the industry…

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Connected Cars: Just Cool or Big Business?

By: Becky Bracken

It's “Knight Rider” without the silly outfit. Today's vehicles are little more than beefed-up microprocessors on wheels capable of everything from real-time location reporting to pre-heating the oven. Connected-car technology is real and it's here, now. That's not the problem. The head-scratcher for CSPs is how they can best capitalize on it. First, a look at some of the latest, most promising, connected car developments. Flo Ridalong Those ubiquitous commercials featuring the glib and perky Flo riding shotgun with everyday insurance customers illustrates one of the latest, and most promising, developments in connected car technology adoption…

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Enabling the Mesh of Pervasive Connectivity

By: Jesse Cryderman

To say that life has changed significantly in the past decade would be a gross understatement. In 2002, gas prices in the United States averaged around $1.47 per gallon, less than 60% of the population was online, and only about half of the population had a cellphone. The two leading manufacturers of alternative fueled and hybrid vehicles sold less than 30,000 units in 2002. Fast forward ten years and gas prices have risen 260%, mobile device penetration is nearly 100%, everyone is online, and Toyota and Honda sold 660% more hybrid vehicles, legitimizing a new class of vehicle among the wheels on the road…

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New Pathways to Profit with Network Visibility

By: David Heard

For network operators, the pace of growth in mobile communications is quite exciting. At the same time, however, it's also unnerving. The opportunity for innovation is huge, but succeeding in a new world of massive bandwidth demand involves substantial challenges. Operators must overcome the barriers to complete network visibility and convert network data into real, actionable intelligence. To overcome these barriers, packet acquisition can be cost-effectively embedded in optical components throughout the network, and a cloud-based software application platform can access and manage critical network data…

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M2M Innovation: Communication is the Easy Part

By: Ivan Chochlekov

For service providers who want to make M2M a profitable reality, the devil is in the details. Connectivity is now only a component of the product, not the entire product, and that single distinction changes everything. M2M isn’t even really a product, it’s more of an organism--devices, connectivity, IT, applications, and data--all operating seamlessly in real time. Any business willing to bet their supply chain, product lifecycle, and customer experience on the ability of devices to communicate will insist that it all works all the time…

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Healthcare Everywhere : How Communications IT Can Solve the Health Care Crisis

By: Becky Bracken

Accuracy and efficiency are what communications IT bring to any industry. And there is no industry more in need of a IT facelift than medicine. Modern medicine can do amazing things. But trying to get records sent to a specialist across town, or even paying a hospital bill, can sometimes seem like an impossible task. “mHealth can be one of the keys to redefining and reinvigorating our struggling healthcare systems, as well as enhancing the healthy lifestyles and longevity of our citizens,” Jon Fredrik Baksaas, CEO, Telenor Group says…

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Newswatch

By: Jesse Cryderman

It was a slow and painful death that everyone saw coming from the moment the FCC called interference: Lightsquared, Philip Falcone's multi-billion-dollar disruptive wireless network, declared bankruptcy last month. On May 14, a dejected Falcone blamed greedy creditors for the bankruptcy maneuver in a prepared statement. "Today's filing was not an option the company embraced quickly or easily, but it was necessary to protect LightSquared against creditors who were looking for a quick profit, as opposed to our goal to create long-term market competition," said Falcone…

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Letter from the Editor

By: Tim Young

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybodyhas seen and thinking what nobody has thought." - Albert Szent-Györgyi The man who said those words knew of what he spoke. A Nobel Laureate, Szent-Györgyi performed groundbreaking research on biophysics of muscle movement, explored the relationship between free radicals and cancer, and is credited with discovering Vitamin C. The sentiment, however, reaches far beyond his field, and has an impact on all fields of research in which innovation is crucial…

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