All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 147 points (0.8%) at 17,675 as of Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,002 issues advancing vs. 966 declining with 152 unchanged. The Telecommunications industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include America Movil SAB de CV ( AMOV), up 1.5%, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone ( NTT), up 1.1%, American Tower ( AMT), up 1.0%, NTT DoCoMo ( DCM), up 1.0% and BT Group ( BT), up 0.7%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today: 3. Nokia Oyj ( NOK) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nokia Oyj is up $0.12 (1.6%) to $7.20 on average volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Nokia Oyj exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.16-$7.20 after having opened the day at $7.18 as compared to the previous trading day’s close of $7.08. Nokia Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides network infrastructure and related services in Finland, the United States, Japan, China, India, the Russian Federation, Germany, Taiwan, Indonesia, Italy, and internationally. Nokia Oyj has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Nokia Oyj a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Nokia Oyj as a buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Nokia Oyj Ratings Report now.

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AT&T* will webcast a keynote address at the Citi 2016 Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, January 6 at 8:00 a.m. PT. The webcast will be available live and for replay at AT&T Investor Relations.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. In the U.S., our wireless network has the nation’s strongest 4G LTE signal and most reliable 4G LTE. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider*. And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

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Signal strength and reliability claims based on nationwide carriers’ 4G LTE. Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. 4G LTE signal strength. 4G LTE not available everywhere.

*Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; voice roaming; and world-capable smartphone and tablets in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

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2015 was an exciting year in telecommunications industry. We saw the continued growth of Unified Communications and the proliferation of new network architectures and platforms. Over the past year terms like Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN), 5G and Cloud networking were exemplified as important industry trends and we will see these ramping-up in 2016.

SDN Strategies Ramp-Up

Although we continue to see NFV outpace the notion of SDN, in 2016 SDN strategies will become increasingly prevalent.

In the past, network infrastructures have been static and the idea of migrating to an all software-defined network, although full of promise, has been a scary proposition to many organizations, often viewed as “too much to handle.”

However, we’ve seen an influx of SDN solutions that don’t require the re-architecting of a network by replacing every router with a white box switch. Essentially, instead of creating an entirely new network architecture, companies are delivering SDN solutions to drive network value, while customers develop their strategy and migrate to a core SDN-infrastructure. These solutions enable new business models, such as Network-as-a-Service, where service providers are able to put a layer of automation on top of their network infrastructure, allowing them to configure the network how they want to use it, when they want to use it, and dynamically partitions it to provide enterprises with benefits such as data center interconnectivity. Service providers will continue to use these solutions to deliver new business offers to enterprises, and for that reason we will see SDN solutions ramp-up in 2016.

The Cloud Moves Closer

As NFV and the ever-growing transition to the Cloud continues to gain popularity in 2016 the next logical evolution of the Cloud infrastructure is the expansion of the service provider’s virtual edge all the way to the enterprise premise.

Traditionally, when a service provider sold network functions to an enterprise, such as a Session Border Controller (SBC), they supplied them with customer premise equipment (CPE) and required someone to go on-site, turn-up and deploy the application. In an industry where cutting IT costs and improving processes is widespread, the ability to streamline the aforementioned process has become increasingly important.

Now that the industry has finally reached a point where a large set of applications that were previously tied to proprietary hardware can now be run on generic commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computing hardware, service providers have new business opportunities. With this transition, service providers can now bring their “virtual” Cloud infrastructure to the enterprise premise. Now, CPE is becoming virtualized and applications are being managed by the service provider from its core Cloud infrastructure. With this shift, an enterprise has an extension of its service provider’s Cloud at the edge of its premise where applications are being hosted and managed. This provides the enterprise with the opportunity to trial new services quickly with no CPE investment and the ability to scale on demand.

5G Creates Hype, but VoLTE, VoWiFi and LTE-A Deliver Now

Over this past year, 5G has received more media coverage and industry buzz than any other technology. Experts explain that it will deliver faster mobile data rates, broader wireless coverage, more efficient signaling and lower latency. However, the consensus is that 5G will reach mainstream adoption closer to 2020. Instead of waiting till then, in 2016 we expect to see the mainstream adoption of initiatives such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A).

If we look at VoLTE, the business case for operators is simple. It reduces cost for operators by enabling voice, video, and data to run over a common IP infrastructure and provides them with the ability to re-farm 3G spectrum for LTE expansion. This, in turn, benefits today’s mobile worker by improving the overall quality of experience, delivering high-definition voice and providing the ability to run voice, video and data applications concurrently on the same handset. VoWiFi, similarly, delivers operators with increased coverage and capacity, optimized network access and the ability to extend services easily to Wi-Fi. This technology provides today’s mobile worker with simple, secure unrestricted connectivity and mobility between Wi-Fi and cellular IP networks, even outside of LTE coverage. Moreover, LTE-A is already providing increased performance, scalability and service availability and is expected to only increase in 2016. Once operators in the region are able to address interconnect issues and finalize infrastructure details, we expect to see these complimentary technologies blossom in 2016.

In the end telecommunications industry rarely lacks change. However, one prediction we can all agree on is that both service providers and enterprises will continue to look for ways to simplify their network while increasing performance and reducing cost in 2016.

For the original article click here: http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/tele-talk/telecommunications-industry-trends-that-will-shape-2016/1108

If the holidays bring you additional business, you certainly want to make the most of the opportunity. So, a word of advice: Set up your business phone system to customize the experience for your customers, based on the season and expected flow of business. Also, consider scaling up for the season with additional extensions and/or premium features to help handle extra cal l volume.

With cloud-hosted phone systems like Vonage Business, making seasonal updates is easy through the efficient Admin Portal – where your company’s administrator can adjust settings, add new calling features and even add phone extensions for the busy season ahead.

To make it even easier, Vonage has set up a special Holiday Setup page on our support website. Plus, our Customer Care team is specially prepared to assist with setup if you prefer speaking with a representative.

These phone customization tips offer ideas for setting holiday expectations and boosting business:

(1) Adjust Your Virtual Receptionist and Music

The Virtual Receptionist (VR) is the auto attendant feature that lets you direct calls within the business. So, why not include a special holiday greeting that may include your holiday hours. Since you can set up as many VRs as you like, you can even customize greetings by department. Consider setting your holiday greetings in advance (via the Admin Portal) and pre-set them to revert to your non-holiday greeting on the date you prefer. You’ve might also want to add some holiday flavor to your Music On Hold feature and/or add an on-hold message about special holiday promotions or commonly asked questions.

(2) Add Extensions to Scale Up (and Down)

Businesses that expect to take more holiday phone orders or customer service calls can easily add extensions without the hassle of renegotiating a contract. Using the Admin Portal, or by calling Customer Care, you can add as many extensions as needed to accommodate heightened call volume. Then, after the holidays, simply call in to deactivate these extra extensions. You only pay for the extensions you use for as long as you need them.

(3) Add New Service Features

With increased holiday call volume, some businesses will add premium calling features to increase call-taking efficiency and maximize staffing. Call Groups, for example, allow incoming calls to ring on multiple extensions. Call Queues provide a “dynamic waiting room” for callers that let you customize the holiday on-hold experience and better manage call volume. Both help you decrease voicemails, missed calls and busy signals so you’re able to serve as many callers as possible.

Why not let your business phone system help you prepare for holiday success? Your cloud-hosted Vonage Business system makes it easy to scale up (and down) and enhance the caller experience. Here’s to happy and profitable holidays ahead!

For the original article click here: https://business.vonage.com/holiday-advantage-3-phone-setup-tips-for-the-busy-season-ahead/

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AT&T will credit wired and wireless customers for all calls and texts from the United States to France from November 13 to November 17, 2015. Credits will be applied automatically. No action is required.

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The past year saw many important milestones for CALTEL in Sacramento including sustained member commitment to CALTEL’s Political Action Committee fund, an incredibly successful lobby day lineup, and the further establishment of CALTEL as a highly respected and sought after resource for the Legislature and Administration on Telecommunications issues.

I am proud to report that 2015 has been met with continued political success for CALTEL, both inside and outside of the State Capitol as you will read in this year’s Legislative Report.

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