News is abuzz this week in technology, particularly in next generation communications where the headlines highlight IP communications, broadband networks and other topics to kickoff the weekend.
A report focusing on broadband technologies tells us that local governments view this commodity as essential, that adequate broadband is more than just a simple connection. As the evolution of broadband has made leaps and bounds over the last 10 years, so, too has the definition of what is considered essential enough for a wider range of communications options.
“E-Government services for citizens and businesses are key to achieving better governance and bi-directional interaction in order to enhance efficiency with reduced administrative burden,” noted a recent Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) white paper, Dynamic Communications for State and Local Government.
What are government officials doing to help cities move towards a more broadband-centric environment? Read the full report to find out more.
In other news, Bell Labs (News - Alert) is on board to help utility companies embrace the smart grid future. With its Bell Labs’ Advisory Service for Smart Grid Network Evolution, the organization “consists of interviews with the utility subject matter experts, analysis of the present mode of operation, developing future mode target network architecture and network transformation plan, and financial analysis.”
Smart grid is a type of electrical grid that attempts to predict and intelligently respond to the behavior and actions of all electric power users connected to it - suppliers, consumers and those that do both – in order to efficiently deliver reliable, economic, and sustainable electricity services. Smart grids better facilitate the connection and operation of generators of all sizes and technologies and provide consumers with greater information and options for choice of supply.
Read more about how Bell Labs is assisting utility companies to bring power in the here and now.
A little bit of light reading to get you through your weekend, Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent writes about how to tell if your 4G service is working as well as it should, and then there’s the power of VoLTE and how enterprises can cut the cord. The entire real-world VoLTE series is a font of information on 4G deployments and what service providers should know and do not know about this next gen communications solution.
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