Posted on 28 August 2012.
In some situations using a non-standard solution may have governmental, technical, process based, financial or other commercial competitive advantages. This route works great if you have the time, money, and resources to develop, maintain, and support a ‘home-grown’ innovation. Certainly an organization can maximize that investment by patenting the solution and then seeking possible revenue [...]
by John Osborne, General Manager - Research & Development and Operations Research at The Kroger Co. Posted in Reality Check
Posted on 21 November 2011.
Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reader Forum section. In an attempt to broaden our interaction with our readers we have created this forum for those with something meaningful to say to the wireless industry. We want to keep this as open as possible, but we maintain some editorial control to keep it free of [...]
by Steven Glapa, Senior Director of Field Marketing, Ruckus Wireless Posted in Infrastructure, Infrastructure: Site Equipment Solutions, Networks, Opinion, Reality Check, wi-fi, Wireless, Wireless Internet, Wireless Network Infrastructure, Wireless Technology
Posted on 01 November 2011.
It’s intriguing to consider a world where copy machines contact the supplier when the machine’s ink supply is low, patients at risk for heart attacks are remotely monitored in their homes and careful drivers are rewarded with cheaper coverage because their insurance companies know they regularly obey the speed limit.
by John Elliott, Senior Director Mobility Services Product and Offering Development Lead, Accenture Posted in Carriers, Customers, Devices, Infrastructure, M2M, Networks, Opinion, Reality Check, Reality Check, Wireless M2M Telemetry
Posted on 25 October 2011.
The rise of Diameter traffic is analogous to the early days of SS7 traffic growth. In the 90s, service providers began struggling with an exponentially growing mesh of SS7 connections as they added more equipment to support subscriber growth. The solution was to standardize around a core routing function called the signal transfer point to create a reliable, scalable SS7 network.
by Jason Emery, Director of Product Management, Tekelec Posted in Infrastructure, Networks, Opinion, Reality Check, Reality Check, Wireless Network Infrastructure
Posted on 25 October 2011.
Anytime there’s talk about the promises of LTE, look around the room. You’re bound to find someone wondering how we’re really going to deliver on these promises. From a marketing perspective, LTE is impressive as mobile users will be able to take advantage of faster data speeds and cool, new devices. From a technical perspective, LTE presents several challenges. The good news is that there are some innovative solutions available to solve these challenges.
by Jeff Shamblin, CTO, Ethertronics Posted in Carriers, Chips, Devices, Networks, Opinion, Reality Check, Reality Check, Wireless Technology
Posted on 27 September 2011.
Consumers and reviewers desire sleek, thin smartphones and tablets, and they applaud big, high-resolution displays and batteries that last the better part of a week. Finally, they desire a seamless interaction between the software and hardware in the device. But even the most cutting-edge form factors and features in a device won’t fulfill their expectations and overall experience if the device doesn’t also provide reliable voice calls and consistently fast data speeds.
by Barry Matsumori, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Ethertronics Posted in Chips, Devices, Mobile Devices, Networks, Opinion, Reality Check, Reality Check, Wireless Technology
Posted on 20 September 2011.
This was a very full week in telecom. First, Research In Motion Ltd. announced earnings, and their stock lost all of their July and August recovery, and then some. To summarize the call: a) Darn that PlayBook (RIM tablet) – version 2.0 will be a lot better, we promise (RIM management all but said they are going to have a fire sale on the Play Book tablet by the end of this year); and b) BlackBerry 7 products are awesome, and the carriers will sell a lot of BB 7 once they clear through the inventory of BB 6 (the words “sell thru” have become the mantra for RIM). If Apple Inc. had actually launched a device this summer, imagine what the quarter would have looked like for RIM! This was the window to clear the inventory – October is not the time. If they want to keep any carrier interest in their products beyond enterprise users, they will need to clear a lot of BB 6 inventory (maybe a Straight Talk/Wal-Mart Stores Inc. edition?).
by Jim Patterson, founder and CEO, Mobile Symmetry Posted in Carriers, Networks, Opinion, Reality Check, Reality Check, Wireless
Posted on 13 September 2011.
Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We’ve gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.Last week, we discussed AT&T Inc.’s dilemma – whether to fight a multi-front battle against all comers, or to focus on Verizon Communications Inc. On Friday, T-Mobile USA [...]
by Jim Patterson, founder and CEO, Mobile Symmetry Posted in Reality Check, Towers, wi-fi
Posted on 06 September 2011.
Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We’ve gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.“Unless enjoined, the transaction likely will have the following effects in mobile wireless telecommunications services in the relevant geographic markets, among others:a. actual and potential competition between AT&T [...]
by Jim Patterson, founder and CEO, Mobile Symmetry Posted in Reality Check, Towers
Posted on 30 August 2011.
Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We’ve gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.In less than 200 words, CEO Steve Jobs rocked the tech world with a sudden yet not surprising resignation. Immediately, people began eulogies. I, like several among you, [...]
by Jim Patterson, founder and CEO, Mobile Symmetry Posted in Reality Check