Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology is changing the way companies and customers communicate and interact with one another. Connected technology is growing, and allowing for more efficient means of communication.

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Today, more smartphones are bought than PCs. More conversations take place through social media portals than through standard voice calls. More people are consuming video content on mobile devices than on traditional broadcast television.

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Aricent recently hosted a webinar titled Leveraging LTE to address opportunities in the area of Public Safety, Rural Networks and other specific industry segments. Thewebinar provided exhaustive insights into the market dynamics of niche markets such as public safety, rural and enterprises along with detailed description of the functionalities and features needed in a LTE core solution to cater to these markets. Given the huge number of questions asked we were not able to answer every one of them live, so we've addressed others that we didn't get to below.

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Economist Innovation Conference, held at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. It was a fast-paced (almost too fast), jam-packed event, with lots of good speakers and a heady flow of ideas. The downside to the 1-day format was that there was little time for networking, however they did make sure to get Q&A from the audience in almost every session, which was good.

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Last week in our discussion on monetizing the explosion of data, we had looked at the challenges imposed by the explosion of data and the need to re-think the existing architecture and take a holistic approach by integrating multiple silos into a cross-leveraged network infrastructure that delivers fair-play, tiered services supported by personalized premium & value-added options.. Fundamentally this requires a new data-centric approach that builds the ability to distinguish & differentiate various use-cases, a dynamic policy control structure, and intergration with real-time charging, self-care, payment & notification systems.

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Isn’t it interesting that all discussions today around LTE focus on radio and network technologies; most see it as the means for either capacity expansion or cost reductions; while some encourage a few debates on the decline of unlimited data plans and need for tiered-pricing? The promise of new services & the evolution of business processes is all but lost in the noise!

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