Sports fans rejoice! SK Telecom and Samsung develop ‘True Real Time Mobile Streaming Technology’

(Image Credit: Jim Culp)

If you follow any form of professional sports, and have ever tried to catch the game on-the-move, then you’ve probably been frustrated at being around 15 seconds behind TV viewers. For this reason, despite more widespread and faster mobile data than ever, a lot of sports fans will stick to live radio for their fix of updates.

The two...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Mobile, Outsourcing.

CIOs are now outsourcing managers – and stronger as a result

Established less than 20 years ago, the role of CIO was created to ensure a CEO’s technology vision would be optimised and delivered. But in the last few years, these best intentions have produced the opposite effect.

Despite envious investment profiles compared to other departments, IT has not delivered the efficiencies or business transformation promised.

In fact, about 70 per cent of all IT related projects fail to deliver the desired benefits they had set out to achieve. Perhaps this is why...

By Scott Goodwin, 04 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Outsourcing.

Are service providers becoming irrelevant?

I see quite a few articles (especially by Gary Kim) about service providers (SPs) becoming irrelevant. In this article, he quotes Matthew Key, CEO of Telefónica’s digital division, arguing "that mobile operators must invest in innovation, because they are becoming “commoditised” and their relevance to customers is 'decreasing.'" If this were in fact true, Sprint or Tracfone would be...

By Peter Radizeski, 28 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Networks, Operators, Outsourcing, VoiP.

Government cloud: Agencies need shopping skills, not just cloud stores

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia-Pacific, Ovum

Many governments are implementing cloud services portals – “cloud stores” – to encourage cloud services adoption and provide “trusted” shopping experiences for agencies. The decision by the US government to close its apps.gov portal raises interesting questions about the usefulness of these portals. Ovum’s view is that the focus of government cloud strategy should be on encouraging organizational learning in...

By Ovum Research, 24 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Outsourcing.

How IT vendors are creating new revenue streams for operators

By Shagun Bali, Analyst, Telecom IT, Ovum

Telcos are operating in an increasingly saturated and competitive environment, where their services are regarded as commodities and their margins are lower than ever and shrinking. Telcos are being pressured to reduce operating costs, differentiate their services, enhance customer experience and generate new revenue streams – all at the same time. 

The opportunity lies in harnessing their strategic asset – customer information – to generate new...

By Ovum Research, 05 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Operators, Outsourcing.

4G Investment by Asia-Pacific Mobile Operators

Back in 2002, mobile network operators in the Asia-Pacific region trailed behind their North American and European counterparts -- in terms of planned fourth-generation service development. Fast forward to the present day and the situation is very different. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, Out of 110 mobile networks, 10 operators (9 percent) have commercial 4G LTE networks up and running. Another 58 (53 percent) either have specific plans to roll out LTE or are conducting trials. "We estimate total...

By David H. Deans, 24 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, LTE, Outsourcing.

Survey reveals CIOs' lack of confidence in the Cloud

A new report has revealed that confidence in the security of cloud computing is at an all time low.

The study by SunGard Research, published last week, surveyed 250 UK chief information officers (CIOs) and found that a paltry 10 percent were “completely confident” when it came to security and resilience of third party cloud offerings.In addition, a further lack of trust was cited by two-thirds of those polled who had already experienced downtime for cloud applications. However, it wasn't all bad news: 68 percent displayed a more...

By Verity Gough, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Outsourcing, Research, Security.