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Where’s my WiFi, Dad?

Kids have everything these days. Ok, maybe not everything, but they have a lot more than I ever had growing up. That’s generally how it goes from generation to generation. The next generation benefits from the progress of the previous generation.

I laughed when my son sardonically exclaimed, “where’s my wifi, dad?” but it also hit a nerve. He was joking but it got me thinking, maybe I need to ensure that he appreciates all these free services that I’m paying for. Continue Reading

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Kill the Spreadsheets! Automate VPN IP Assignments and Tracking over MPLS/VRF and vLAN

Advancements in virtual private networking have extended system capabilities for service providers. Providers can divide LANs into multiple discrete segments using either Virtual Local Area Networks (vLANs), leverage Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) or Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) to host Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that support service operations over multiple instances. Continue Reading

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“To Geo or Not to Geo…”?

I’m often asked by operators whether georedundancy is a necessary requirement for provisioning systems. While I’d like to be able to give a clear yes or no answer, the reality is a little more complicated.

Georedundancy refers to the physical separation of data centers between geographic locations. The argument for georedundancy is that it provides resiliency against catastrophic events and natural disasters, such as fires, tornadoes, or other situations that might cause you to lose a data center for a period of time. By physically separating your servers in geographically diverse data centers, you can be sure to have one location up and running, even if the other one fails. Continue Reading

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What’s En Route for 2017?

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

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Broadband Service Trends – A Year In Review

2016 has been a dynamic year for network service providers. We’ve compiled a number of articles regarding the current state and future outlook of broadband service innovation. Let us know what you think of 2016 and what you are thinking about for service innovation in 2017.

Learn more about how Active Broadband can enable service innovation with policy and charging control at http://www.incognito.com/products/active-broadband/. Continue Reading

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Prepaid Services — Increasing Revenue and Improving QoS without Inflating CAPEX

Like any good business, communication service providers (CSPs) are constantly searching for new ways to increase average revenue per user (ARPU). For a long time this was achieved by offering new service options such as IPTV or mobile subscriptions, which could be packaged into an Internet services contract to increase monthly charges. The challenge with this method of back-to-base is that at a certain point subscribers are going to turn down service enhancements that either aren’t affordable, or they may decide they don’t need anything beyond triple-play and become a static source of revenue. In addition, the trend towards all-IP services has resulted in long-time subscribers dropping traditional video and phone subscriptions in favour mobile data and over-the-top (OTT) content. Continue Reading

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Improve CSR Performance Through Gamification

This blog was co-authored with Maik Hassel, Product Manager at Incognito

What are your biggest support costs? For most service providers, maintaining high quality support through a call center can be difficult — and expensive. Although the purpose of a customer service representative (CSR) is to provide assistance to subscribers, containing costs is one of the major goals at most call centers. Continue Reading

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Best Practices for Usage Based Billing

For those of us who have been involved in usage based billing since the early 2000’s, 2016 feels like “deja vu all over again”. While this is the year Internet service providers globally began to embrace usage tiered services, Canadian service providers pioneered usage based billing over 5 years ago and there are many lessons to be learned from their pioneering efforts. Continue Reading

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4K, HDR, and Your Network

Every major technology player in the market, from makers of mobile phones to TVs, action cameras, drones, and video streaming applications, have already released support for 4K video. Google just announced its latest gadget collection, which includes the new Pixel phone that will back everything up in the cloud with unlimited space — including all your 4K videos. It has also launched a new $90 Chromecast Ultra that will make 4K streaming possible and affordable for more people than ever before.

I think you get the picture — and it’s a 4K picture. Continue Reading

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