- June 29, 2009
Alcatel-Lucent's new Advertising Selection Server, also available as a hosted cloud-based service, can help mobile operators increase revenue and become part of the digital media value chain by targeting mobile ads at customers who opt-in to receive...
- June 25, 2009
Nokia Siemens Networks' bid for Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets could allow the network core vendor to break into the wireless edge in light of the Nortel bankruptcy.
- June 18, 2009
After years of failing to live up to its hype, the IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) market may finally be taking off in 2009. But the technology's fate is linked closely to the success of Long Term Evolution (LTE).
- June 11, 2009
Strong video growth for mobile and fixed networks is projected, but with carriers seeing little of the video revenue in the current business model, return on investment (ROI) for telecom network optimization is not always a sure thing for service ...
- June 05, 2009
Sprint Nextel Corporation is earning only $2 ARPU off the 400,000 mobile users who bought a Kindle in Q1 2009, according to recent analysis. But huge profit margins mean the MVNO-like deal with Amazon is paying off handsomely for the struggling ...
- May 28, 2009
The smallest local telecoms may gain the most from Obama's rural broadband stimulus package. As larger service providers pass up potential stimulus grants, rural service providers are seeing a potential boon in an otherwise tough telecommunications ...
- May 21, 2009
As confirmation hearings drag on, telecoms remain undecided about how telecom-friendly the Obama administration will ultimately be, even as regional players start to make plays for broadband stimulus funds.
- May 14, 2009
Wireless operators are making steady investments in 4G deployments, but without rethinking some fundamentals, they may have a hard time seeing good returns on services based on LTE and WiMax.
- May 07, 2009
In an exclusive interview, ARIN CEO John Curran said that despite a looming routing crisis for service providers, IPv6 must be implemented. Other, more fundamental problems are decades off, he said, and so are their solutions.
- April 30, 2009
Despite healthy margins today, providing bulk bandwidth is a losing proposition for telecoms unless they can stabilize revenue-per-bit, analysts say. But what will the future of the Internet bring?
- April 23, 2009
Deutsche Telekom cited currency woes and a tough economy as factors contributing to newly lowered earning expectations. But analysts say that increased competition is a major problem as well.
- April 22, 2009
IP transformation remains a major topic of service provider conversation in terms of how to best increase network efficiency and revenue, but transformation is a multi-pronged effort taking place on the network, product portfolio, systems and...
- April 16, 2009
Time Warner Cable expands its bandwidth cap program to make broadband profitable, but customer resistance and legal threats could scuttle the initiative.
- April 09, 2009
Emerging network virtualization technology could enable telecom service providers to cut redundant hardware and carrier network management costs to create more efficient telecom networks.
- April 02, 2009
With hosted unified communications (UC) and telephony, service providers can generate new revenues even while delivering cost savings to enterprises.
- March 26, 2009
While carriers aren't getting a big cut of the app store pie, their revenues still depend on the increasingly popular e-storefronts to cut churn and draw in new customers -- as well as sell new, ARPU-driving services.
- March 19, 2009
3G and 4G services are slowly becoming mainstream, but don't expect new arrivals to shake up the scene. And though many are benefiting from the investments, Nortel is unlikely to find much solace.
- March 12, 2009
Increasing use of femtocells and distributed antenna systems can help telecom service providers cut wireless backhaul costs by a third and increase service quality for customers.
- March 05, 2009
Verizon's choice of Alcatel-Lucent to provide its IMS backbone gives the technology a boost in 2009, but most of the IMS action is likely to take place in Europe.
- February 26, 2009
Between operational and capital savings, wireless backhaul gives operators a new level of flexibility, and the technique appears to be gaining traction in the market.
- February 19, 2009
At the Mobile World Congress, Verizon finally announced its LTE partners, Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson. While the winners divvy up the spoils, LTE loser Nortel touts its own achievements.
- February 12, 2009
Even as carriers look to cut costs, customer service remains a strategic asset, for both consumer and corporate customers. There are ways to cut costs, but analysts caution against being penny wise and pound foolish.
- February 12, 2009
Sometimes a smaller managed service provider can be a better option than a brand-name telecom carrier for your MPLS wide area network (WAN).
- February 11, 2009
If Sean Hannity can run a dating site just for his fans, surely there's enough interest out there for a geek-friendly "Match.com." (Please note, the only reason I would ever visit Hannidate would ...
- February 05, 2009
A host of telecom network optimization techniques promise more efficient networks and data transmission, but falling bandwidth prices complicate the calculations.
- February 05, 2009
A new appliance from Packet Design gives enterprises visibility into their service providers' MPLS networks. With MPLS WAN Explorer, companies can make sure that providers are delivering proper service levels and the right network architecture
- February 03, 2009
While consumer groups have pushed for a delay of the digital TV changeover, carriers will see their own expensive properties being pushed back months from utilization, which could delay everything from infrastructure rollout to precious investment ...
- February 02, 2009
Wireless service contracts and prepaid calling cards are high on the agenda for a consumer activist group that hopes the Obama Administration and a new FCC will act to protect consumers from what it considers excessive fees.
- January 28, 2009
Gartner has published its first Magic Quadrant for the global network service providers since the summer of 2007. As you probably know, the Magic Quadrant is a market assessment tool that rates ...
- January 27, 2009
Managed wide area network (WAN) optimization services are primed to boom, if carriers can match their services to the needs of businesses.
- January 22, 2009
Despite Nortel's current bankruptcy woes, most of its customers are likely to give it a chance, as long as a viable plan is made public -- and soon.
- January 13, 2009
Being the default search provider may be of only marginal value, but wireless deals may set the stage for advanced search services down the road with the potential to drive real revenue.
- December 16, 2008
Internet companies are finally making concessions to service providers, but the process is slow – and far from the public eye.
- December 10, 2008
Projections vary widely about whether the telecommunications industry will continue solid growth despite the global recession. Wireless is in a strong growth position, but service providers face challenges over how to make more money from their ...
- December 09, 2008
Rogers Wireless offers some lessons learned from marketing its consumer fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) service. Carriers must understand what their subscribers are looking for from the service: lower costs or better indoor coverage.
- December 04, 2008
Driven by video-hungry consumers and telecoms looking to shave costs, the 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) cost-per-bit is likely to drop below the 10 GbE cost, giving the technology a quick boost toward going mainstream.
- December 02, 2008
Despite the wider economic meltdown, telecoms have some news to be thankful for, including clean balance sheets and wireless services that few customers can live without.
- November 25, 2008
A new Nemertes Research study says the Internet's structure is changing to handle multimedia content delivery just as IPv4 address shortages create network architecture problems that could slow core router performance.
- November 18, 2008
If telecom service providers are to monetize their IP networks, they need to continue transforming their operations support systems (OSSs) even during a down economy, and consider a new wholesale infrastructure model.
- November 17, 2008
The economic meltdown that is interrupting a new technology spending cycle will also create telecom industry winners that could change the provider and vendor market landscape forever, a new economic forecast says.
- November 13, 2008
3G is here to stay, so wireless carriers need to find the best strategies to maximize their profits.
- November 10, 2008
While trying to figure out how to drive more average revenue per user (ARPU) from networks increasingly converged on IP, telecom service providers now have to add...
- November 06, 2008
With the FCC's approval of the Sprint-Clearwire merger, a major hurdle for a nationwide rollout of WiMax has been cleared. Now the merged company just needs investors to pony up some cash to build out the 4G network.
- October 30, 2008
With the proposal for a free national Internet access network moving forward, many industry veterans are unconcerned, except for worries the network might add interference to the airwaves.
- October 23, 2008
As LTE and WiMax battle for 4G hype in the press, the era of 3G data connections is just now beginning, presenting carriers with a number of unanswered revenue questions.
- October 16, 2008
With sound strategies, carriers can come out on top, even in the economic downturn.
- October 09, 2008
4G backhaul bandwidth requirements will push telecoms to adopt microwave technology to cut leased-line costs.
- October 02, 2008
Skype and other VoIP applications are eating into voice revenues, especially by making inroads into enterprises. But the real danger to telecoms will come when Skype and VoIP go mobile.
- October 01, 2008
As service providers begin testing the viability of bandwidth caps and metered usage, broadband subscribers have become vehemently opposed to such restrictive measures, according to a new survey.
- September 25, 2008
Long Term Evolution (LTE) could invigorate the femtocell market, but the conditions have to work in the technology's favor for LTE to take root.
- September 15, 2008
New Juniper SRX dynamic services gateways allow carriers to use capacity virtually for flexible services and network capability, giving operators a software-enabled way to offer different combinations of services to different customers.
- September 15, 2008
Cisco is expanding its Carrier Ethernet solutions to build off its existing platform, which is designed to help telecom service providers avoid forklift upgrades but handle fast-growing metro-area video, mobile backhaul and business services traffic.
- September 11, 2008
Alcatel-Lucent claims its 5130 Geographic Messaging Services Platform (GMSP) will enable wireless providers to monetize location-based services in an easy and reliable manner.
- September 04, 2008
After learning some hard lessons about failed partnerships and mergers, Sprint appears ready to turn its fortunes around with Clearwire and WiMax.
- August 28, 2008
With a focus on results and enabling services, TM Forum signs paperwork to acquire IPsphere Forum.
- August 27, 2008
Mobile video is the gold ring wireless operators want to grab, but fewer than half of all video-capable mobile phone users have ever seen it. Operators need to promote it wisely if they want to see the money.
- August 26, 2008
Preparing for the Democratic National Convention, wireless service providers tapped into a variety of techniques, ranging from centralized command centers to distributed antenna systems, to make sure their users of all political stripes don't miss a...
- August 21, 2008
As Sonus touts SIP as the key to telecoms becoming next-generation networks, some believe the IP telephony giant may already have missed the boat.
- August 14, 2008
Poor practices in telecom worker safety can have tragic consequences. The right tools coupled with the proper training can help telecoms protect their employees.
- July 31, 2008
Unhappy with their internal efforts at monitoring and optimizing the performance of critical applications over the WAN, large enterprises are open to buying managed optimization services from their network service providers.
- July 22, 2008
As Sprint's WiMax plans slowly move forward, LTE may become the de facto 4G standard for mobile enterprises.
- July 15, 2008
In this podcast, IPv6 expert and Cisco technical leader Chip Popoviciu shares his advice on how service providers can turn an IPv6 upgrade into a new revenue opportunity. Popoviciu is co-author of the new book Global IPv6 Strategies.
- July 08, 2008
By simplifying branch office networks, managed multi-service gateways are gaining traction and giving service providers new revenue opportunity.
- July 03, 2008
As Ethernet backhaul standards emerge, mobile providers are eager to reap its cost benefits and greater throughput. But a lack of clocking and synchronization standards will force them to temporarily adopt workarounds that cut into their cost ...
- June 27, 2008
Juniper Networks is making headway selling Carrier Ethernet routers to cable operators, whose networks are looking more like those of traditional telecom service providers.
- June 25, 2008
Telecom service providers are making progress in becoming more customer-centric, but their services and device strategies still miss the mark.
- June 19, 2008
NXTcomm 2008 saw a lot of incremental telecom advances, as ideas years in the making start to penetrate market, explains analyst Ron Westfall in this video.
- June 18, 2008
Telecom service providers and equipment vendors made a wide variety of announcements at its annual NXTcomm08 trade show, with no particular technology dominating the news and enhancements to existing technologies winning over new ones.
- June 12, 2008
Consumers will ditch their landlines even faster as they cut expenses in a weak economy, but telecoms that play up landlines' strengths may persuade many to stay.
- June 05, 2008
Companies are pushing the FCC to hand over some remaining spectrum for a free, nationwide, ad-supported network, but one expert questions the math.
- May 29, 2008
While older customers remain satisfied with in-store service, consumers under 42 are likely to switch, according to new Forrester research.
- May 22, 2008
Seeking an answer to the iPhone and declining voice revenue, carriers embrace Android while continuing to support LiMo.
- May 15, 2008
AT&T ranked highest among the telecoms (15th overall) in an Aberdeen Group survey of the companies most influential on businesses.
- May 08, 2008
Sprint's WiMax should beat competitors to market, LTE's shadow looms large with its broader provider base. Experts wonder whether WiMax can save the company.
- May 01, 2008
Early trials have seen success, but femtocells must overcome several technical hurdles before becoming mainstream in cellular networks.
- April 25, 2008
Qwest rolled out two high-speed, fiber-based Internet services, but plans for IPTV to go with them aren't on the roadmap yet.
- April 24, 2008
IPTV won't completely change the television game anytime soon, but it puts telecoms in a strong competitive position as they seek to broaden their portfolios.
- April 24, 2008
Nemertes Research gave 11 major and emerging telecom service providers awards for excellence in advanced communications services following its enterprise surveys.
- April 23, 2008
If 2007 was the year of headlines about massive corporate data breaches that put private customer and employee records into the wrong hands, 2008 could be the year when corporate entities get their act together on data loss prevention (DPL). ...
- April 17, 2008
Burnt once by a telecom meltdown, backhaul providers are better prepared to weather a possible recession while keeping prices in check.
- April 08, 2008
IPTV media centers like Microsoft's Mediaroom are becoming an important way for telecoms to deliver added services and garner revenue.
- April 04, 2008
In an environment where change is the only constant, service providers are faced with consolidating operations from a variety of acquisitions while they're reinventing themselves as visionary "next-gen" providers, even though the successful ...
- April 03, 2008
Telecoms looking for service revenue turn to open source as enterprises demand SIP trunking and support for Asterisk PBX.
- April 01, 2008
Juniper hopes to cut down wireless backhaul expenses while boosting speed with its new MX 7000 multi-access gateway appliance.
- March 25, 2008
A new tool from Xangati helped EATEL cut customer service trips and call times by letting level 1 help-desk agents peek into customer connections.
- March 20, 2008
In networking news on a larger level, Verizon Wireless has officially won the coveted C block in the FCC's closely watched wireless auction. From a statement Verizon issued: "We are very pleased ...
- March 18, 2008
A wireless price war may be brewing now that all the major carriers have begun to offer unlimited voice plans. But in the future, carriers will rely on the Internet, mobile TV, and even advertising to help stave off low margins.
- March 11, 2008
A recent mobile voice quality audit finds a variety of issues cause customers to change service providers, ranging from network problems to environmental noise to handset voice-level mismatch.
- March 04, 2008
Even as telecoms start deploying fourth-generation wireless connectivity, third-generation technologies can profitably fill a niche for some providers.
- February 26, 2008
Net Neutrality legislation, stymied for years by lobbying efforts, returns to Congress' agenda. Barring a major shift in political ends, however, it's unlikely to go far in the next year.
- February 26, 2008
The telecommunications and enterprise networking industries are expected to see steady growth in both services and equipment through 2011, according to a new Telecommunications Industry Association market report, thanks to IP, broadband and wireless.
- February 12, 2008
NEC and Kineto Wireless have proposed a new femtocell standard in hopes of spurring development and deployment. But such a move, according to at least one analyst, might be premature for the young technology as service providers still test the ...
- January 30, 2008
ISPs, in an effort to maintain their networks and curb piracy, are experimenting with a variety of methods previously used by colleges to clamp down on their downloading problems.
- January 18, 2008
Broadband is driving video and video is driving broadband in faster and faster circles, which puts video deployment high on service providers' ...
- January 10, 2008
Cisco's green guru Paul Marcoux leads the company in cutting costs by being more earth friendly.
- January 08, 2008
Nokia Siemens' purchase of customer management provider Apertio might kick off the year of user data consolidation.
- December 20, 2007
We looked for the 5 most popular topics on SearchTelecom this year, and here are our readers' favorites.
- December 19, 2007
What did people most look up in SearchTelecom's WhatIs glossary? Easy-to-understand information for industry insiders and the merely curious. Here are your top 10 terms of the year.
- December 17, 2007
Cisco is paying attention to the fact that consumer use of technology is now driving network development rather than the enterprise, and shifting its focus accordingly.
- December 12, 2007
Cisco has boiled down its strategy for the next three to five years to three words -- TelePresence, collaboration and video -- and plans to use its networking expertise to stay in the middle of the emerging IP video market.