Earlier this week we held a webinar - "7 Myths about Agile Testing - Busted!" - that generated a lot of good questions about how best to conduct testing while in a fast-paced, fluid Agile environment. We didn't have time to get to all the questions, so the Aricent experts who ran the webinar, Gopinath Ramachandran, Gayatri Singla, and Srimanta Kumar Purohit, have gone through the unanswered questions and answered them below.

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The telecom landscape is evolving rapidly with mass deployment of technologies such as LTE. Base stations of smaller form factors, especially Femtocells, are playing an extremely critical role in this evolution by reducing the load on core networks through offloading. With dual mode functionality and high scalability, these products are also able to support a higher number of users. Next week, Aricent will be discussing the need for small cell solutions at two of the most important technology events for Telecom Equipment Manufacturers: the Freescale Technology Forum in San Antonio, Texas, from June 20-23, and the Femtocells World Summit in London from June 21-23. We look forward to sharing the conversations we have at both events on this blog, so check back in the coming days!

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In my last blog post, “Race to the Cloud,” I talked about cloud strategies for Tier-1 telcos. Essentially, they’re big enough to be able to take the risk of hosting their own cloud data centers (telco’s “private cloud”), while gradually climbing up the cloud-chain from IaaS-provider to PaaS-provider to SaaS-broker/communication-and-collaboration-as-a-service provider. But, what about the smaller players? They must be shying away from hosting cloud data centers (otherwise they would have been in the news) because of the kind of investment they need to set up the cloud infrastructure. However, they can’t ignore the fact that the cloud-model is knocking at their door and they really can’t afford to lose the business opportunities.

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Apple's World Wide Developers Conference keynote last week will be remembered for two things: the bloodbath of disrupted developers and apps it left in its wake, and that it was as important for cloud services as the iPod was for digital music, and that the iPhone was for smartphones.

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Two weeks ago, the impressive glass house of the CCD venue in Dublin hosted the TMF conference, an annual event that brings together the great and good of the global telco world. Global business leaders, service and product innovators, and world-class engineers gathered to mingle and talk shop. However, the forum’s real stage is for engineers and technicians to share their knowledge. They, after all, are the ones on the front lines determining the policies and procedures that will assure the delivery of the unstoppable growth of communication.

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There are now more than 1 billion people around the world who have mobile phones but no bank accounts. It is is therefore not surprising that Mobile Financial Services have been hailed as an effective means for providing the unbanked population in emerging markets with access to essential financial services. Providers like M-Pesa in Kenya or M-Paisa in Afghanistan (researched on the ground by frog executive creative director Jan Chipchase) have gained traction and are considered to be potentially groundbreaking “reverse” innovations that could also inspire business models in developed markets where Mobile Financial Services are on the rise, too (nearly 30 million Americans accessed financial services accounts through their mobile phones in the fourth quarter of 2010, a 54% rise on the same period the previous year, according to comScore). But how widespread is the adoption of these services really among “the unbanked”?

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