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  • The IoT needs more wireless spectrum

    Two big waves in the wireless world are driving the need for more spectrum, the radio signals that carry data to our phones, tablets and other mobile devices.  

    04 June 15 08:27 Written by By Bret Swanson
  • How will iPhone 6's Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE affect enterprise networks?

    While the cosmetic features like screen size and processing power of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus attracted the most attention, their use of Wi-Fi and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for voice and video calling could eventually have a major impact on how phone calls are handled in the enterprise.

    18 Sept. 14 05:53 Written by Colin Neagle
  • The PSTN transition to VoIP: Going green

    We've discussed some of the advantages of transitioning the PSTN to IP, but there we haven't yet covered the environmental implications of the pending transition. At their annual partner conference Perspectives14, GENBAND hosted a discussion which addressed the power costs behind the PSTN, pointing out the benefits an IP transition.

    25 June 14 07:18 Written by Larry Hettick
  • Some customers aren't sold on US transition to IP networks

    Many U.S. residents who have written the FCC to voice concerns about the move from copper-based telephone networks to Internet Protocol are concerned about the potential effects on health from mobile-headset radiation and what happens when the electricity goes out.

    17 April 14 04:23 Written by Grant Gross
  • Facebook and Minnovation

    Facebook's big announcement was a big "so what?" and minimal innovation at its finest

    05 April 13 14:11 Written by Mark Gibbs
  • Review: TelyHD Business Edition

    A group of my colleagues from different offices recently attempted a multi-party videoconference, brutally showing the continued need for a better method of video communication.

    13 March 13 15:01 Written by Keith Shaw
  • LinkedIn open sources its database change capture system

    OK, lots of interesting stuff for you this week. First up, LinkedIn has open sourced a system called Databus, a real-time database change capture system that provides a "timeline-consistent stream of change capture events ... grouped in transactions, in source commit order."

    27 Feb. 13 15:25 Written by Mark Gibbs
  • Opinion: Predicting the tech future

    For my recent column of predictions for 2013 I polled a huge number of IT people to see what they are expecting, and ended up getting more than 400 responses.

    15 Feb. 13 23:19 Written by Mark Gibbs
  • What does SDN mean for telecom infrastructure?

    Software-defined networking (SDN) has the potential to transform the telecom industry by improving the ability of carriers (both wired and wireless) to flexibly deliver bandwidth "on demand." It is critical that carriers improve both their network flexibility (improved customer value) and reduce their high operational costs as over-the-top providers (e.g., Google, Amazon, Skype, etc.) challenge the carriers' ability to grow their revenues and impact their margins.

    11 Dec. 12 20:17 Written by Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research