• June 24, 2010 24 Jun'10

    Going all-IP calls for converged telecom network monitoring systems

    When each service lived in its own access network, multiple and disparate telecom network monitoring systems were manageable. But as IP networks enable operators to offer network-agnostic services, they will need a more unified monitoring system.

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    Easier setup for Carrier Ethernet gives rise to new telecom services

    At a time when many service providers are scrambling to build and monetize new telecom services, peering point provider Telx has simplified interconnections for its customers' Carrier Ethernet services.

  • June 08, 2010 08 Jun'10

    Does tiered pricing require more visibility into mobile data usage?

    AT&T's tiered pricing plan offers operators a way to monetize surging mobile data usage, but carriers must balance the promise of increasing ARPU with the need to give subscribers visibility into their data usage.

  • June 04, 2010 04 Jun'10

    LTE networks: Reality check on vendors, deployments and EPC technology

    4G long-term evolution (LTE) is front and center in terms of telecom industry buzz, but finding out where the market stands is like playing a game of telephone. It's hard to figure out what's fact and what's fiction.

  • June 03, 2010 03 Jun'10

    Wholesale telecom services: Emphasize services, not access

    If Tier 1 operators want to recover the billions of dollars that wholesale telecom services units used to reel in, their approach to wholesale will have to mirror their consumer and enterprise strategies -- focus less on access and more on services.

  • May 27, 2010 27 May'10

    Choosing LTE vendors in a hot M&A environment

    Carriers have to consider the financial health of LTE vendors to ensure investment protection. A confluence of factors -- a worldwide recession, reduced carrier spending, and a young and volatile LTE market -- makes it difficult for carriers to ...

  • May 20, 2010 20 May'10

    App stores, 'bill shock' drive need for smarter real-time billing

    A recent case involving a Boston-area teen and his $18,000 cell phone bill highlights the need for smarter real-time billing systems to avoid "bill shock" as more third-party retailer apps flood the market.

  • May 13, 2010 13 May'10

    NTT America's IPv6 migration: How it didn't create routing hell

    The reckoning day for IPv4 address exhaustion and IPv6 migration is nearing: IPv4 numbers will run out in about 480 days, according to John Curran, CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), who addressed operators at a recent ...

  • May 06, 2010 06 May'10

    Rapid IP traffic growth drives need for greater 10 GbE port density

    As NTT America saw its carrier customers fend off IP traffic growth by gobbling up 10-Gigabit Ethernet, port density became a problem for the wholesale IP backbone transit provider. With the Cisco ASR 9000, NTT America halved its edge router ...

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    FCC authority over broadband regulation in flux: 3 options available

    Following a Court of Appeals ruling that basically curbed FCC authority over broadband regulation and net neutrality efforts, the commission basically has three options. In this Q&A, telecom consultant Tom Nolle , president of CIMI Corp., explains ...

  • April 22, 2010 22 Apr'10

    Passive probe improves optical network monitoring, TDM to IP glitches

    Wholesale VoIP services proved to be a boon for one operator, but troubleshooting TDM to IP glitches threatened success. Replacing manual diagnostics with a passive test probe paid off with improved optical network monitoring and faster resolution ...

  • April 16, 2010 16 Apr'10

    AT&T learns from gaming, looks to modularity to expand experience

    Service providers are expanding their roles in customers' lives, to become "experience providers," all while they transform themselves internally. AT&T is launching a new video service, looking to online gaming for inspiration, and using SOA to ...

  • April 15, 2010 15 Apr'10

    Q&A: Ruckus CEO sees smartphone Wi-Fi key to 3G offload

    In this Q&A, Ruckus Wireless talks about how carriers' deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots is maturing as smartphone Wi-Fi capabilities offer mobile network operators opportunities for 3G offload, helping them cope with bandwidth-hungry applications.

  • April 08, 2010 08 Apr'10

    Network offload: Wireless business model evolves via Wi-Fi, femtocells

    The pressing need to offload 3G traffic from overloaded cell towers and backhaul networks has led carriers to incorporate both Wi-Fi hotspots and femtocells into their overall telecom network management programs.

  • April 08, 2010 08 Apr'10

    Telecom network management: Wi-Fi, femtocell 3G offload pace quickens

    Mobile data consumption is forcing wireless carriers to move quickly with alternative approaches to telecom network management that they had once snubbed or leisurely shelved -- an overdue embrace that is pushing new business models for femtocell ...