Top 5 Communications Trends of 2013

Communication Trends

2013 has been a year of ginormous communications changes, from the mind-blowing growth of smartphone usage to the game-changing addition of WebRTC. Organizations have been increasingly focusing on improving customer service, recognizing that while voice is still king, customers need to know that they can reach companies in other ways too, like through social media or video chat or instant messaging. Big data has made it possible to begin anticipating issues and improving and personalizing communications.

Fraud Within a VoIP Environment

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Since the introduction of VoIP, the service or underlying technology (based on the SIP protocol) has been susceptible to multiple fraud scenarios. In particular, by exploiting some of the features of VoIP, such as three way call and call transfer, hackers can inject call signals into the network and effectively hijack calls. The result is significant non-billable revenue for the Service Provider. Since commands associated with VoIP technology are often sent un-encrypted and without authorization for each command, this is an easy technique to carry out.

3 Contact Center Lessons Learned from the Buffer Hack

Computer Hacker

As soon as Buffer realized it had been hacked, the company sent out an apology and informational email. The company also responded quickly to emails, social media posts, and comments on its blog. There was no hiding or keeping silent. This earned the organization huge kudos in the eyes of its customers.

3 Key Points About Big Data Analytics

Darts

Today’s communications environments are very complex. If you’re not monitoring your systems on a consistent and constant basis, you will undoubtedly run into trouble. At the same time, a comprehensive solution has to have a variety of functionalities in order to successfully monitor this type of environment.

Introducing LTE Direct

Smartphone

LTE Direct is a device-to-device platform that enables true “continuous” proximity based discovery. LTE Direct is a synchronous system operating in licensed spectrum under the control of the Mobile Service Provider, where devices monitor for service layer announcements (also known as expressions). The synchronous nature of the system allows devices to stay on for an extremely short duration to announce and monitor these announcements. This results in minimal battery drains enabling truly autonomous location discovery.

What is Network Function Virtualization (NFV)?

Network Service Assurance

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is top of mind for many companies these days, because of the potential savings it can produce. But what exactly is NFV? And how does it produce these cost-saving benefits?

New Strides for Customer Care Improvement

Positive Customer Experience

Along with the introduction of each new service or application, the underlying network technology now permits Quality of Service (QoS) to be determined on an individual customer basis. Moreover, many of the world’s leading Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) are now competing more on service quality rather than service quantity or usage. As a result, today’s service assurance solutions are evolving to address key aspects of customer care, in order to better manage the service providers’ customer base on an individual basis.