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200 million MongoDB document inserts per hour with Kubernetes

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The word 'Kubernetes' is creating a buzz throughout the world of technology right now. It seems that everyone is interested in discussing the theory and concept, but we had not heard of anyone else putting any theory into practice. That is, until now. Here at Comfone, we asked ourselves the following question: Is Kubernetes a viable solution for ru...
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Staying positive during a pandemic

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March 2021 marks a year since Switzerland first locked down to prevent the spread of Covid-19. A lot has changed in this time, and we have all had to find new ways to cope. For me, I have learnt to accept the situation, and do the best with what I have got. Positive thinking has been vital! In this blog I will share the good things that I have disc...
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Machine Learning - what's it all about?

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When I began in my role as Senior Data Scientist at Comfone in 2020, it became my mission to help Comfone to make progress with machine learning. Machine learning can have a reputation as something extremely complex and impenetrable, and a lot of people find it 'scary' to approach. However, I have dedicated a lot of my working life to Machine Learn...
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Why are TDRs so interesting for Comfone engineers?

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When somebody overhears talk about a TDR, their first thought might be about the WHO's Research and Training for Tropical Diseases, 'ticket deposit receipt' or even a Yamaha TDR motorcycle...  However, I work at Comfone, so when somebody mentions 'TDR', my mind jumps straight to 'Transaction Data Records'. Most people in roaming might think th...
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Getting ready for 2021: How we have future- proofed our network

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 2020 has certainly been a busy year for the IPX team. This year, we have completely renewed our signalling network, and the system now runs on virtualised STPs and DRA clusters. The great thing about this change is that it allows us to future-proof our business. Now that 2020 is coming to an end, it's time to look forward to 2021 and ask what...
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How to take an intercontinental trip in Covid-19 times

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Further to their closure caused by the pandemic, African skies started to gradually re-open to passenger flights in October 2020. After thorough planning, I decided to embark on my first intercontinental business trip in 7 months. Despite the painstaking organisation and logistics involved in making long-haul flights in these extraordinary tim...
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Times have changed: A peek at the past and look towards the future

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When I look back at my childhood in the 1980s, the way that we share information has changed significantly. In the past, I received news by listening to radio broadcasts, or tuning into TV news channels at specific times. Sometimes it was even necessary to wait for the newspaper to acquire the details. In the 1980s it was also not unusual to go to ...
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Implementing SCRUM at Comfone: a success story

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I am the EVP Development at Comfone. Part of my role involves achieving the best possible results for customers by coming up with more effective ways of working. Although we often work behind the scenes, Development is a really important component of Comfone. Focusing on this area can create more efficiency and agility, allowing us to do more with ...
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Can a job as CFO be fun?

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In this blog post, Jürg discusses his job as a CFO, and helps to overcome the stereotypes to explain what makes his job interesting. Small talk  At parties, I dread people asking me what I do for a living. Conversations tend to go like this: 'So, Jürg, what do you do?' 'I am the CFO at Comfone' 'What's a CFO?' 'Chief Financial Officer' And sud...
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Iryna's advice on how to become more successful in international sales

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In this blog, I discuss my 20 years of experience in the Telco industry, discuss what I have learnt and provide some tips on how to be a successful businessperson.   A brief history of telecommunications During the 1990s there was an international trend towards liberalisation in the telecommunications market. Before that, most countries in the...
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Growing our garden of services and applications

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In this blog, I will discuss my role as a Software Developer at Comfone. This will give you some insights into what we do, how we do it and what makes us different. I will also discuss one of my current projects working on DIOT and explain how it can support your Financial Clearing service. On Monday, I wrote about my love of gardening, and how wit...
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Virtualisation at Comfone

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Technology moves fast at Comfone. During the first half of 2020, Comfone engineers migrated Comfone's core DRAs and core STPs to a new generation platform. Performing four large-scale "hot swap" operations in less than 6 months requires thorough preparation, Swiss timing, precision, execution, and bright solutions when things do not happen as plann...
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Will roaming end?

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Is this the end of roaming? For over 10 years, some telecom and roaming market professionals have been telling me that roaming is about to end. They comment on how 'EU IOTs would jeopardize the market, SS7 is obsolete, pricing erosions will drop all revenues, SMS product life was over, commoditization of services would deeply affect our industry' a...
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