The first fiscal quarter is a crucial time for any business executive. This is the time when meetings are held and strategies are set into motion, helping to shape the trends of the year ahead.
As the telecom industry continues to speed past an exhilarating 2016, it’s time to look at the new year. Here are my top three predictions for 2017: Continue Reading
When there are 100,000 people gathering in one place, you know something big is happening.
That’s exactly what happened at the largest gathering of the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona last week. Players from every “walks of the mobile life”, that’s the the mobile ecosystem, were there: network service operators, technology providers, app developers, and industry verticals at the forefront of adopting and developing new business models that leverage the mobile infrastructure to unleash growth. Continue Reading
Greetings and Happy New Year. Back from my brief holiday break and ready to work, it’s time once again for me to look through my industry periscope in search of what’s on the horizon in 2016. Here are my predictions for the year ahead: Continue Reading
New Orleans played host to the 2015 SCTE EXPO – an annual cable telecommunications conference promoting technical knowledge in the industry. We stopped by to learn and engage with other peers in the industry. New Orleans is famous for many dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. For convenience sake you can usually order a sampler. So in my recap of the event, here’s a sampler of things to reflect on from the expo: Continue Reading
We’ve heard a lot of talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) and all its benefits for subscribers and service providers alike, but there has been an increasing level of confusion going around the communication service provider industry between IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. This confusion stems from misconceptions when referring to both the similarities and differences between the two distinct concepts. Continue Reading
Throughout the last year, enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) is a topic that has risen to the forefront for many communication service providers. Even people outside of the broadband industry understand the importance of connected devices, because the reliance on IoT is growing every day. We now have Internet-enabled light bulbs, dead bolts, smoke detectors, refrigerators, mirrors, and yes, even toothbrushes. Continue Reading
Key industry trends — like SDN, NFV, vCPEs, CCAP, TR-069, bandwidth congestion management, and converged service orchestration — are set to change the way communication service providers maintain operations throughout the world. With such constant change, keeping up-to-date and understanding all the latest innovations is starting to become a full-time job. And let’s be honest — introducing next-generation multi-service, multi-device hardware and software systems into existing operations is a confusing and cumbersome task. Continue Reading
Are you like me, fed up with paying for more than 500 channels of TV but only watching a couple of them? And that’s only if I can actually find a couple of hours to sit down in front of a TV during a busy work week.
Well, maybe there’s help on the way.
For a show like Mobile World Congress (MWC), technologies are undoubtedly out on full display — from network infrastructure gear to devices, and from software to applications. You expect to see lots of gadgets at a mobile technology show, and vendors come out in full force, year after year, to show off their latest shiny innovations. Continue Reading
Yes, that was the theme of this year’s Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA) conference. This annual event was held in sunny Montego Bay, Jamaica, over the first week of February.
The warmth of the people and the optimistic attitude is contagious, and the intimate ‘up close and personal’ style has always been the hallmark of the conference. For that, one has to applaud the fine work that CCTA puts into the event, drawing together operators, vendors, programmers, solution providers, marketers, and technologists alike — and this year, over 270 attendees and 80-some exhibitors. Continue Reading