Steve Gleave

Metaswitch Powers the Internet of Talk

Steve Gleave | Mar 21, 2017 7:21:07 AM

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) VoLTE mobile applications Mobile Infrastructure IoTalk

If you’ve been following our series here, you’ll know what we mean by the “Internet of Talk.” With so much energy dedicated to technology for connecting billions of devices in the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s important not to forget that people want to connect and talk to each other too. Even though messaging dominates how we communicate and traditional voice and SMS usage is shrinking, the richness of human interaction goes beyond emojis, acronyms and shortened, phonetic spellings.  AIBU? ;-) We want to use our voices and we need mobile networks that not only guarantee a decent experience but also make it even better. The Internet of Talk is about the infrastructure and services that enhance communication between people, not just things, and Metaswitch is at the heart of it.

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The Mobile Data Network Finds Its Voice

Steve Gleave | Mar 14, 2017 6:04:18 AM

mobile applications Mobile Infrastructure 5G IoTalk

Before we all rush to meet a 5G future of network slicing, massive machine communications and autonomous vehicles, let’s take a moment to appreciate what we have with 4G. After all, Long Term Evolution (LTE) is one of the wireless industry’s greatest success stories. Designed for mobile data communications, the packet-switched, all-IP technology has allowed us to share and access information on the move like never before, contributing to the 8.5 exabytes of mobile data traffic that’s generated around the world every month. As of late 2016, LTE connected almost one in four mobile subscribers globally and outpaced 3G subscriber growth, making it the fastest growing mobile technology, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) . The only blemish in this rosy LTE picture is voice services. As we all know, delivering Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services proved to be more difficult than anyone anticipated. But now, recent market momentum shows that operators are ready to supercharge VoLTE.

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Telco Learnings From The  Four Horsemen of The New Web Scale World

Steve Gleave | Feb 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

cloud native

As we've seen in the latest round of earnings reports, it's clear that "web scale" is the new big.We used to think telco-scale was big. Besides the North American power grid, the PSTN is one of the world's largest and most complex machines. The PSTN has been around for more than 100 years, but the web scale companies grew up to handle billions of subscribers and devices in not much more than a decade.

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How cloud native is your virtual network function?

Steve Gleave | Feb 9, 2017 3:00:47 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) VNF cloud native

At Metaswitch, we believe that virtual network functions must be truly "cloud native" if they are to deliver the benefits promised by network functions virtualization (NFV).  Cloud native is NFV done right.  In contrast, monolithic code ported into virtual machines is, frankly, NFV done wrong.  But would you recognize a cloud native VNF if it jumped you in a dark alley?  Can't a monolithic code port make a good first impression at superficial software cocktail parties?  And is the impact on your business of not knowing enough to make the right choice really that significant? [Spoiler alert: "Yes!"]

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IoT's Fast Growth And Huge Potential

Steve Gleave | Jan 31, 2017 12:35:55 PM

Mobile World Congress Internet of Things (IoT)

Verizon's recent earnings announcement shows, in some small way, the vast market that is yet-to-be-tapped for the internet of things (IoT). The service provider is seeing incredible growth and much of it is coming from a single segment, likely fleet and package tracking for transportation companies:

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Metaswitch Customers Successfully Terminating Robocalls

Steve Gleave | Dec 21, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Fixed-Line Transformation security Consumer communications Robocall Blocking Service privacy

Unwanted robocalls account for one in five phone calls in the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said it receives more than 200,000 complaints about robocalls per year, making it the single biggest complaint about consumer telecom services. So what’s to be done? 

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Metaswitch Wins Swisscom’s Call for Innovation Competition

Steve Gleave | Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Fixed-Line Transformation Award

Swisscom recently named Metaswitch the winner of its first Call for Innovation competition for its Cloud Native Network Evolution. Swisscom now plans to start a proof of concept (PoC) project based on Metaswitch’s cloud native communications software expertise .

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Cloud Native On Top Down Under

Steve Gleave | Dec 15, 2016 7:00:00 AM

SBC (Session Border Controller) Fixed-Line Transformation IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) Mobile Infrastructure

As network functions virtualization (NFV) matures, the conversation is rightly moving to the importance of “cloud native” communications software. At Metaswitch, we’ve understood since the earliest days of NFV that virtual network functions (VNFs) need to be designed for the cloud from scratch so that service providers can realize the full benefits of network virtualization.  Visionary operators like 2degrees realize this, too.

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Metaswitch Speeds NFV Time to Market

Steve Gleave | Nov 21, 2016 8:01:57 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization)

Through partnerships, ecosystem participation and pre-packaged NFV solutions, Metaswitch is helping service providers accelerate the delivery of services based on network functions virtualization (NFV).

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Owning The Big Green Button

Steve Gleave | Nov 18, 2016 2:37:14 PM

UC (Unified Communications)

Beth Schultz is editor at No Jitter, the leading online news resource for enterprise communications.  Beth jumped quickly onto Metaswitch’s recent Apple CallKit Integration announcement with a great article that highlights a lot of the benefits of our implementation. 

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