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Connecting High-Bandwidth Core Networks to Emerging Markets in the Middle East & Asia Pacific

October 2015

Connecting High-Bandwidth Core Networks to Emerging Markets in the Middle East & Asia Pacific

interview with Michael Ourabah

The CEO of a boutique global Ethernet carrier explains the challenges of designing and building resilient networks that reach emerging markets from Dubai and Johannesburg to Hong Kong and Istanbul.

The Business Strategy of OTT VoIP Providers: Lessons from a Leading Softswitch Supplier

June 2015

The Business Strategy of OTT VoIP Providers: Lessons from a Leading Softswitch Supplier

interview with Steve Petilli

Understanding the strategy of VoIP OTTs is vital to carrier business plans.  This interview traces the history of OTT strategy and their tactics for growing market share.  Also examined are the softswitch suppliers who will increasingly deliver billing and anti-fraud solutions to the OTTs.

The Inner Clockworks of IP eXchange: Registries, Hubbing & Policy

September 2014

The Inner Clockworks of IP eXchange: Registries, Hubbing & Policy

interview with Cliff Radziewicz

IP eXchange (IPX) is a promising telecom industry movement whose aim is to commercially enable and massively expand the reach of high quality IP services.  This article presents a briefing on the business dynamics and technical details of IPX.

Device Testing Partnership to Lure OEMs and Lower Rural Wireless Churn

May 2014

Device Testing Partnership to Lure OEMs and Lower Rural Wireless Churn

interview with Melissa Blanken

Rural and wireless carriers lack the buying power to obtain the lastest devices directly from OEMs.  But a new crowd-sourced testing program, sponsored by the CCA, is helping them launch stable Android devices that reduce churn and meet the needs of dozens of operators across the U.S.

Special Report: Wholesale Systems for Advanced Services

August 2013

Special Report: Wholesale Systems for Advanced Services

by Dan Baker

Plenty of technology and market changes are disrupting the telecom wholesale market: advanced services, new kinds of partners,,and the need to monitor relationships and services more closely than was ever required in the circuit voice world.  This article introduces a TRI special report discussing the kind of Wholesale Systems needed in this challenging marketplace.

Will Apple Take a Bite Out of Carrier SMS Revenues?  Likely.

November 2011

Will Apple Take a Bite Out of Carrier SMS Revenues?  Likely.

by Brian Silvestri

Text messaging generates $20 billion of revenue each year for U.S. carriers alone.  But Apple’s lastest iPhones come with iMessage, a free embedded messaging service.  But while the long term threat to SMS revenue is clear, what strategies should operators be following today?  This article discusses the many factors operators need to consider, offering advice on how mobile operators can keep SMS profits rolling in as long as possible.

Real-Time Provisioning of SIM Cards: A Boon to GSM Operators

April 2011

Real-Time Provisioning of SIM Cards: A Boon to GSM Operators

interview with Simo Isomaki

Software-controlled SIM card configuration is revolutionizing the activation of GSM phones.  The article explains how dynamic SIM management decouples the selection of numbers/services and delivers new opportunities to market during the customer acquisition and intial provisoining phase.

Telecom Software: Should I Buy or Should I Build?

September 2010

Telecom Software: Should I Buy or Should I Build?

by David West

Build custom systems in-house vs. buying commercial software is a critical issue for service providers.  This article make a strong case for why commercial software is best in most situations.  Discussion points include: cost tradeoffs, the illusion of in-house control, and staying current in a dynamic market like fraud assurance.

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