Daniel Briere

IPTV TV distribution development keeps going

It’s not news that the distribution of IPTV content within the home is, for many carriers, as big a challenge as getting the signal to the home in the first place. Early IPTV providers in the U.S. (folks like SureWest ) have often had...

Losing your brand in your services mix

At CES 2006, AT&T was quick to show off a highlight of its exhibit, the Yahoo!-enabled Nokia 6682 phone. The Nokia phone has all this sexy functionality – it can do all of the standard “smartphone” organizer/calendar functions, acts...

Moore's Law, Metcalfe's Law; now McGuire's

We're now in the Age of Mobility, governed by the Law of Mobility. Thanks to cost reductions of Moore's Law, scalability resulting from Metcalfe's Law, convergence and miniaturization of devices and increasing ubiquity of 3G wireless...

Retail products on demand will drive extra IPTV revenue

We’ve all heard about Video on Demand for years, and services revenue attributable to VoD are a core part of all service providers’ business cases. But new technology from Scientific-Atlanta is allowing service providers to step...

Power winners - and losers

Among network powers, Columnist Daniel Briere taps Intel.

Give your customers a mobility roadmap – They need it!

In the news this week was an exciting (and long-awaited) item: the IEEE has approved the standard for mobile WiMAX, 802.16e. This standard gives vendors, chipmakers and carriers something to aim at, and gives groups like the WiMAX...

Debunking the set-top box safety net – “Entertainment Bypass” will rule

The set-top box is becoming less important. That’s right, less important. Wow, how can you say that? Cisco just paid bazillions for Scientific Atlanta. Microsoft is plowing money into its IPTV set-top box-driven initiative. No doubt...

Are your telecom services under the Christmas tree?

It’s an amazing world when the toymakers stop making toys for Christmas. But that’s what’s happening. This Christmas, if the NY Toy Fair is any indication, is going to be the first one where the toy industry has pretty much thrown...

Making VoIP and Wi-Fi work together - securely

Broadband service providers of all types have begun to roll their VoIP services out to a wider audience within their customer base – providing services to both residential and business customers. This isn’t big news – VoIP , of...

Wireless EV-DO on board

Coming soon to a computer store near you: little yellow traffic signs that say “EV-DO On Board”

Where's Walt Disney when you need him?

We have a government busy moving pieces around the telecommunications game board. Where are our national plans for an EPCOT 2014, our New Songdo City? I guess they're on the shelf, next to our national alternative energy strategy - in...

IPTV? Of course, but don’t forget RFTV

We’ve spent some time this month at the FTTH Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, and we’ve, as always, been keeping an eye on the news related to telco TV strategies and access trends.

Extending Ethernet with copper is gaining steam

Vendors have been offering products that use bonding or VDSL-like techniques to provide copper extensions to high-speed data services for years. In some markets outside of the U.S. these services are quite popular (using VDSL coding...

Voice just keeps getting worse at filling the coffers

In this day and age of "unlimited" local and LD services, of multi-1000 minute cellular plans and rollover minutes, it's hard to get too excited about the prospects of new voice and triple or even quadruple play services as a big...

It’s an XML world

There’s enough experience now with the earlier adopters to project where your XML weak spots are going to be as your organization scales with XML.

It’s time for XML (and more!) in your network

As you have no doubt been hearing (at least in bits and pieces), there’s a big move within the networks of your enterprise customers towards application-aware switching and networking. Application switching is not happening as one big...

Making the leap to cheap VoIP?

We are sure you take it as a matter of course that the whole world is going to IP and that VoIP is "the future." Of course it is! Whether you're talking about residential users migrating to Vonage and the like, large enterprises...

Playing the CPE game

Service providers are seeing CPE plays from all sorts of vendors these days – not just traditional "telco" vendors. There’s convergence afoot with the traditional "retail" networking vendors making a move into service provider...

Three wireless IT products to keep tabs on

As a consultant in new product and service launches, I get to see (and play with) a lot of stuff in early development. Sure, there are enhancements and add-ons to be created here and there, but you can usually tell right away when a...

Finally, a low cost high quality home network for carriers

We're stubborn. We admit it. In the face of repeated and consistent pleas about how wireless is going to take over the world, we still see a strong role for wireline technologies.

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