Archive by Rich Karpinski

Video: Is AT&T/iPhone combo a lump of Christmas coal?

Looks like a lawsuit won’t be enough to scare Verizon away from using its Droid launch to slam AT&T and Apple in particular what it claims is inferior 3G network coverage, an area emerging as a heated battlefield in the smartphone/mobile app wars.

After the jump, check out one of these Christmas-inspired advertisements featuring a visit by the iPhone to the “Land of Misfit Toys”: more

100,000 crappy apps — or a few good ones?

apps.jpg At least in part to counteract some of the Droid excitement of this week, Apple made a point of publicizing that its iPhone app store passed the 100,000 app mark. Might this be the least interesting news in the history of technology? It could be.

How many apps do you use on your desktop? How many Web apps do you regularly use in your browser? How many Web sites do you visit on a regular basis?

In any of these areas, would your life be vastly improved if instead of the handful of useful things you use every day, you suddenly stopped to consider 100,000 additional options?

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Here we go again: ISPs as copyright police

badge.jpg Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement talks are underway today in Seoul, South Korea, with proposals on the table that would force ISPs to watch for and ultimately punish illegal downloaders of copyrighted content. For now, reports on the substance of the talks is limited to a few press reports (see this IDG story as well as an analysis from the Electronic Frontier Foundation). For service providers, the desire to be good corporate citizens on this issue has to be balanced with the practical issue of how to implement such a scheme and the ongoing battles over the outer bounds of net neutrality.

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Cisco does ‘minor’ acquisition, aims to control China set-top box market

cisco.jpg Even Cisco’s “small acquisitions” are driven by big ambitions.

In a deal announced today, Cisco said it will buy the set-top box business of China’s DVN for a total of about $44.5 million to expand its cable TV/video reach in that growing market.

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IP, LTE, Ethernet triumvirate drive testing agenda

There’s no doubt that mobile operators have gotten the religion about boosting backhaul capacity just today Verizon talked about delivering Ethernet over fiber to more than 1000 backhaul sites. Network equipment vendors, in particular Ethernet specialists, are poised to take advantage of this opportunity, but test and service assurance vendors are snapping to attention too.

Today, EXFO, which specializes on test and assurance equipment and is amping up its focus on IP-related opportunities announced a new end-to-end assesment solution for mobile backhaul networks with a focus on testing Ethernet traffic.

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Can RCS help operators battle mobile app explosion?

rcs.jpg The success of SMS and the explanation for why Web-based IM or other would-be rivals have failed to replace it is that it * just works.*

It took years and many false-starts for that to be the case, but when mobile operators and their vendors worked out how to interconnect and interoperate formally siloed SMS islands, the telephone industry’s most successful modern app was born.

Mobile operators can either figure out how to replicate this success or they can kiss their ability to delivery mobile services, and the affiliated revenue, goodbye. And that’s where RCS comes in.

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Can compression help mobile broadband crunch?

If the pipes are too small and what’s going through them too big which is the case on many mobile data networks (hey AT&T, how’s that iPhone traffic treating you?) then wouldn’t it make sense to add some compression algorithms to the mix?veraz.gif

It makes sense certainly, and something operators not to mention mobile phone users have experimented with. On the vendor side, players like OpenWave and Bytemobile offer network-based solutions that operators can deploy to “optimize” mobile data delivery via a variety of techniques. Meanwhile, a handful of mobile Web browsers, such as Skyfire, have tried to drive compression right down to the handset, utilizing proxy servers and compression algorithms on the back-end and specialty browser clients on the phone.

Do bandwidth optimization techniques taken from the VoIP world have something to offer to the equation? more

The eight telecom companies behind Google Voice - and what it means

The unsurprising truth about new competitors pitching ‘voice 2.0′ services or angling to compete with traditional telcos is that sitting behind them and powering most of their services are … traditional, or at least “semi-traditional” (i.e., more IP-based), telephone companies.googlevoice-color.jpg

Witness the lineup of partners supporting Google Voice, Google’s find-me-follow-me-help-me-manage-my-calls service, which according to docs filed with the FCC (and reported by Business Week) includes:

Level 3 Communications, Global Crossing, Broadvox Communications, Bandwidth.com, Pac-West Telecomm, IBasis, Neustar and Syniverse Technologies.

It’s not so easy to recreate the telephone network, is it? more

Juniper rings bell on new direction

Juniper rang the bell to start off the juniper.gifday at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday and sounded off with a slew of announcements and a grand vision for how its products fit into tomorrow’s networks, including service provider IP core and mobile networks. more

Will ‘Google Neutrality’ idea take hold?

The funny thing about the Web and content industry’s haranguing for “network” neutrality is that despite its “don’t be evil” guiding principle Google is as well positioned as any company to wield its power in less than neutral ways. more

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