Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended December 26, 2015. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion and record quarterly net income of $18.4 billion, or $3.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $74.6 billion and net income of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.1 percent compared to 39.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “Our team delivered Apple’s biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world’s most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The growth of our Services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices.”

Telecom Signaling Week in Review: Oracle’s 2016 Trends, AT&T to Discontinue Legacy Services

January 23, 2016

This past week in the Telecom Signaling Community was interesting as it featured both a look ahead as well as what is like to be a farewell to the past. 

The look ahead comes from community host Oracle Communications, who provided us with eight trends community members need to watch in 2016.  I do not wish to spoil what has been identified. However, just as a personal observation, I do believe that the list is indicative of the fact that 2016 is going to be a watershed year for the entire telecom signaling ecosystem, and obviously a reason to continue to watch this space. 

As to the farewell, as community members are aware the TDM-based PSTN is busy being retired at various speeds by service providers around the world. With that said, many of the legacy calling and directory services that were supported by legacy signaling are being viewed as no longer worthy of being offered since they probably at this point cost more to provide than the revenue they produce.  An example of this is that AT&T in a filing to discontinue six operator services: Collect Calling, Person-to-Person Calling, Billed to Third Party, Busy Line Verification (BLV), Busy Line Interruption (BLI), and International Directory Assistance.  

What to do with valuable information gleaned from communication service provider networks is a hot topic to say the least.  An example of this is the announcement of the collaboration by AirSage and Citilabs on a new product Streetlytics—offering deep insight into highway traffic volumes, origins and destinations for any road segment in the United States, along with speeds and driver demographics.

Finally, as has been a recurring theme in the community for the past year, testing while always a critical part of service creation, delivery and assurance continues to become that much more important as pressures increase for service providers to be faster and more agile in launching new services and capturing their revenues.   It is why the announcement of the new IPNetSim multi-stream WAN emulator by GL Communications is so timely. It seeks to provide operators with a testing mechanism that can check the performance of end equipment to real world impairments.

Weekend Reading

Along with the usual reminder to use valuable links on community home page to white papers, data sheets and other valuable resources, note that we have added a little something. On the right side of the home page you can now access an archive of recent Weeks in Review.  We appreciate that everyone is very busy and think this can increase the speed of staying up on anything you may have missed recently and on finding something fast.  In fact, speaking of new materials on the site, consider downloading the recently released LTE Diameter Signaling Index-4th Edition, and out latest addition, Managing Signaling Growth Challenges in LTE and IMS Networks

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