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Managing the Chaos of IoT

We are quickly approaching a world in which most everyday devices will communicate with a vast ecosystem of other hardware that is connected and integrated with the Internet. In fact, we are almost there today.

Right now, anyone can pick up “smart” or Internet-connected lights, Fitbits, home appliances, cameras, and other hardware from the store around the corner at a reasonable price. This is a segment of technology that is continually developing, and will continue to grow rapidly over the next few years as costs decrease and more opportunities flourish. Continue Reading

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Enhancing Customer Care Part 4: Optimize Experiences with Accurate and Transparent Billing and Payment

In the previous instalment of the series on Enhancing Customer Care, we covered the Use section of the customer experience lifecycle. This is where operators must proactively ensure that their customers are receiving the services they have paid for, while also deploying the best infrastructure available to meet geographic needs and keep a high level of service quality. Continue Reading

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IoT and M2M, What’s the Difference?

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

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Support Plug-and-Play with On-Boot Firmware Updates

Have you ever purchased a new electronic device, taken it home, excitedly unwrapped it and switched it on, only to discover that something is wrong and you need to phone customer support?

This scenario is all-too-common in the broadband services industry, and unfortunately, it’s usually the service provider who takes the blame. New customers will often purchase gateways from third parties or redistributors without knowing that the device’s firmware is out of date. When the customer attempts to connect this device to their network, they’re quickly blocked by an error message (or sometimes no message at all) due to expired or unsupported firmware. Continue Reading

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Reduce Churn with Better Visibility Over Your Service Activation Processes

How much visibility do you have over service activation processes?

For many service providers, the answer to that question is bleak. The sad truth is that visibility over service activation processes, including errors and misconfigurations, is lacking in many Tier 3, Tier 2, and even Tier 1 organizations. Today’s operators often turn to multiple siloed systems when attempting to ensure that services are activated accurately, on time, and are working as promised. Continue Reading

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Enhancing Customer Care, Part 3: Broadband Experience and the Outside Plant

In the last part of my series on Enhancing Customer Care, I described the essential role of the customer call center, which directly affects the Customer Service and Retention stages of the customer lifecycle model. Both of these stages are immediately impactful to a subscriber’s quality of experience (QoE) whenever a service issue occurs.

What’s equally impactful to the state of customer experience is how customers are using the services purchased. For the operator, this means proactively ensuring that customers receive the services they have paid for — the promised up/download speeds and bandwidth allotments, connection reliability and predictable service are being delivered. Continue Reading

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Broadband Providers: What Are The Implications of Virtual Reality?

Broadband service providers take note, personal virtual reality (VR) platforms are going to reshape the industry sooner than you think.

We’ve seen a constant stream of VR-related news coming from major industry tradeshows, online broadband publications, and even broadband CEO blog posts. I’ll try to generalize their comments succinctly: personal VR platforms are expected to bring massive sales, huge increases in bandwidth consumption, and dramatic shifts in subscriber quality expectations. This is an exciting time for broadband service providers, but it’s essential to consider what implications VR will have on your organization. Continue Reading

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Enhancing Customer Care, Part 2: Customer Service and Retention

In last week’s blog, I covered the customer lifecycle, which includes two essential categories: Customer Service and Retention.

According to research with Tier 1 partners, we discovered several themes that fall under the categories of Customer Service and Retention, such as agent handling practices, issue resolution times, and retention efforts. The work an operator conducts to optimize these essential components of the services lifecycle are directly related to quarterly churn rates. Continue Reading

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Enhancing Customer Care, Part 1: The Customer Lifecycle

Customer care is an extremely complex challenge. From a Network Engineering perspective, it is a purely mechanical challenge. From a Sales and Marketing perspective, it’s a correlation between perceived and delivered value. From the Customer Service Representative (CSR) perspective, it’s emotional alignment and affability with a customer.

With all these complex perceptions of customer care, how do we truly enhance customer care practices? Continue Reading

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Your Guide to CableLabs Summer Conference 2017

We’re less than a month away from one of the year’s most technically insightful industry tradeshows, CableLabs Summer Conference 2017 in Keystone, Colorado.

Our team is excited to be attending this year’s conference, where we’ll have the latest broadband solutions on display. Meet with us to discuss optimizing your provisioning platforms, uncovering new monetization opportunities, and solving your customer experience challenges — or just stop by to say hello and meet the Incognito team! Continue Reading

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