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Wireless Network Evolution

By: Tim Young

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been engaging in what has become a little annual tradition. A notification hits my phone that a new iOS update is available, and I proceed to ignore it for a couple of weeks. The nicely rendered red dot—a symbol that my South Carolina upbringing will forever cause me to associate with liquor stores—graces my settings icon for days and days while I attempt to ignore its beckoning. The dot contains a single digit crafted in the Helvetica font. After the update, that font will be replaced with a slightly different font, which will cause inexplicable anger for some…

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Love Your Silos

By: Scott St. John, Pipeline

Get rid of the ominous swivel chair. Automate. Break down silos. Integrate. We've all heard the story before. Service providers need to leverage a combination of both new and legacy resources from disparate silos to be competitive in today's marketplace and improve their customers' experience. But the reality is, many service providers are still struggling to evolve and our traditional thinking may be fundamentally flawed. The emergence of new technologies and key technical trends such as the adoption of open source standards, big data analytics, and virtual networks and network functions (SDN and NFV) are changing the game…

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Vodafone: The Next Phase of M2M

By: Andrew Morawski

The M2M market has changed dramatically in the past few years. It is no longer a niche technical term or delegated only to the IT department. It has evolved into a driving force for innovation in our cities, homes, cars and workplaces and its potential is being recognized by leaders in every industry – where it is being used to transform businesses as a whole. To examine this new phase in the evolution of M2M, Vodafone recently published its third annual Vodafone M2M Barometer Report which revealed rapid, significant progress toward a truly connected world rich in transformative, sophisticated M2M applications…

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3 Core Fundamentals Affecting the Network of 2020

By: Steve Hateley

The telecommunications landscape is shifting under operators’ feet. Digital technology puts more services at consumers’ fingertips than ever before, lifting buyers’ expectations for personalization, independence and speed of delivery.At the same time, connectivity is no longer a telco-exclusive problem, as businesses from entertainment to healthcare are embracing digital services. Meanwhile, entirely new verticals are springing up with mobility and connectivity at their heart – just take one look at how Uber and AirBnB have created the “sharing economy…

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How Important is Network QoE?

By: Ann Hatchell

It’s a simple dynamic: smartphones are quickly taking their place as the central hub people use to manage their digital lives.  Their versatility, portability and sheer ability to seemingly do pretty much everything have made them indispensable to consumers and business users. Accordingly, 77% of consumers surveyed by Hot Telecom use more than 1 mobile device and over 40% of them use 3 or more mobile devices on a day-to-day basis. But that’s just the first part of the equation.  The corollary is that people, precisely because they depend on their mobile devices so completely, demand a high-quality, consistent network experience everywhere, all the time, no questions asked…

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SDN at the Edge

By: David Liu

Businesses and consumers are always clamoring for more services, more bandwidth, and lower prices, and service providers large and small must find ways to deliver. Subscribers are used to dialing up new capabilities on their smartphones with the click of a button, and they want Internet services to have the same ease of use. For their part, service providers want to enable customer self-provisioning, new services, and automated provisioning not only as competitive differentiators, but also as a way to reduce costs and speed time-to-revenue or time-to-payback for new services…

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Fog Computing: Intelligence for IoT

By: Tony Merenda

The Internet of Things promises to be a transformative technology, potentially replacing or augmenting nearly every item in our daily lives (and likely introducing others not even dreamed of yet). The Fitbits and Nest thermostats of today are merely the beginning – Gartner foresees that as soon as 2020, the IoT may already include 26 billion connected units. The world to come is one in which every home, office, and place of business will be dense with IoT devices, from smart appliances to smart products to RFID tags and sensors, not to mention that each individual may be covered in IoT wearables everywhere they go…

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Unified Performance & Fault Management

By: Prabhu Ramachandran

Communication service providers (CSPs) need service orchestration to improve their business agility by streamlining operations and helping them realize the benefits of new technologies such as SDN and NFV. However, full service orchestration requires unification of all FCAPS functions across the end-to-end service. This large scope often makes a single phase implementation impractical. This article focuses on a practical, initial step CSPs may take to progress towards service orchestration — unifying performance and fault management (PM and FM) across end-to-end services…

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Three Key Questions for Monetizing the Connected Home

By: Hubert Selvanathan

With the connected home market continuing to grow in size, the question is no longer, “Should I play in this market?” but “How can I best monetize this opportunity?”  As the number of market players and the sheer volume of dollars being thrown at the connected home rapidly skyrockets, so too does the market complexity.  There seem to be as many business models, ecosystems, and pricing strategies as there are offerings and players in the market, with no signs of simplification on the horizon…

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Letter from the Editor - October 2015

By: Tim Young

“Evolution never looks to the future.”-  Richard Dawkins, The Blind WatchmakerFor years, we’ve referred to wireless evolution and the evolution of the network, but I don’t know that I’ve ever referred to the words of an actual evolutionary biologist. Dawkins is mostly known to broad audiences for his role as an atheist firebrand, but his influence on the field of biology has been substantial. He points out that evolution, unlike human design, is a response to present conditions rather than an anticipation of future conditions…

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Monthly News Digest

By: Scott St. John, Pipeline

Advances in innovation This month, Analogix launched a product called the SlimPort® NANO∙CONSOLE which enables Android users to connect their smart phones to external monitors. The Analogix product allows users to use their Android device as a TV, gaming console, PC and more; and it rivals products currently on the market, such as Google Chromecast - with several unique differences.  Unlike Chromecast, the Nano∙Console connects to the Android device via the Slimport® and to the user's screen of choice via HDMI…

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