How IoT is supporting semi-autonomous vehicle system apps

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Growing safety concerns about driving and traffic accidents, plus the recognition by national governments of the apparent advantages of driverless vehicles, will accelerate the deployment of new services that are assisted by Internet of Things infrastructure.

ABI Research anticipates that semi-autonomous systems will lead the market over the next decade, with SAE level 2 and 3 systems accounting for 86 percent of autonomous vehicles shipping in 2026. Higher levels of autonomy will gain...

By David H. Deans, 07 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, IoT, Research.

How telecoms applications can become ‘ripe for innovation’ through blockchain

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Analysis Telecoms providers continue to be kept on their toes by the emergence of new technologies, from cloud to IoT. The allure of blockchain, and a secure, distributed ledger, is causing ripples in industries outside of the traditional financial services hotbed. So how can telcos take advantage?

The answer, so far, comes through identity, data integrity, and disintermediation.

Writing on...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Operators.

Global telecom network API market to surpass $184bn by 2021

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A new report from Market Research Engine has predicted that the worldwide telecom network API market will grow at a CAGR of more than 23%, surpassing $184 billion by 2021.

The primary factors driving the telecom network API market are the need for new revenue streams to overplay competition, monetisation and evolution of new network business models, and powering the ‘mobile app revolution’, according to the researchers. The report highlights that scalability issues and...

By Telecoms Tech, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Networks, Research.

How telecom providers are embracing cognitive app development

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Mobile internet applications are evolving rapidly. Cognitive computing technologies will inspire telecom service providers to profoundly change their business model in new creative ways. Deploying intelligent voice control apps on smartphones was just the beginning of this trend.

As an example, mobile network operators are increasing their investment in big data analytics and machine learning technologies as they transform into digital application developers and cognitive service...

By David H. Deans, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Operators.

How the global mobile messaging market competition continues to escalate

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Mobile network service provider revenue loss from 'grey route' application-to-person (A2P) traffic will amount to $62 billion over the next six years, despite the increased deployment of security measures, according to the latest worldwide market study by Juniper Research.

Historically, the A2P service offering was used for mobile alerts or as a billing methodology and transport for simple content and services - both for one-off downloads or actions (such as voting) and for recurring...

By David H. Deans, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Operators, OTT Services.

Telstra acquires app development firm Readify – a sign of things to come?

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Australian telco Telstra has announced the acquisition of enterprise application development platform provider Readify in order to “drive digital transformation for enterprise customers in domestic and global markets,” according to a press release.

Readify, which employs approximately 200 staff across Australia, offers a wide variety of services across the enterprise and mobile stacks. The company has a distinctive Microsoft beat, with support not only for Azure cloud,...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Developers, Operators.

#MWC16: RCS steps forward as Google and GSMA launch client with operators

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RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is how operators will continue the fight against feature-rich OTT services like WhatsApp through an interoperable standard enabling things like group messaging, IP voice calls, and file sharing between networks. 

As traditional SMS use declines, it will be RCS which hopes to retain those...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

Netflix goes on the offensive against Australian ISPs

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Australian broadband providers have been criticised by some of Netflix's customers as providing "unusable" access - which has prompted the streaming giant to launch a local version of its ISP Speed Index. The index aims to inform users which providers offer the best access to their vast library of entertainment content. 

Netflix arrived in Australia just two...

By Ryan Daws, 12 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadband, Connectivity, OTT Services.

Global displacement of traditional pay-TV services

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The growing popularity of watching online video entertainment has become a more common activity worldwide, particularly with the younger generation. As a result, these shifting video consumption trends have created a few market share gainers and many losers.According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, subscriptions from Over-the-Top (OTT) video...

By David H. Deans, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, OTT Services, Smart TV.

Will YipTV do to TV what Vonage did to calls?

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The VoIP market revolutionized the way communications worked, allowing companies to provide over-the-top services which were decoupled from the phone company.

For the first time you could go out and buy broadband from one company and phone service from another. The poster-child for this movement in the US had to be Vonage, and the company did a great deal for the fledgling VoIP market at the time.

Thanks to Vonage,

By Rich Tehrani, 12 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, OTT Services.

Opinion: Going over-the-top, or not

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Why do over-the-top (OTT) communication applications such as Skype, Viber, Line and WhatsApp exist? My view is, like most innovation, they exist to exploit inefficiency in a market.

If the world already had a service which provided ubiquitous, seamless communication with anybody, anywhere, at any time, across multiple media at a nominal cost, then there would be no need for OTT communication applications.

In the mobile...

By Paul Liesching, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Content, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services.

Draft bill to bring OTT apps under government control

OTT apps are a threat to telecoms providers worldwide as most will offer equivalent or better services for free from which telcos have traditionally generated revenue. This turns the operators into "dumb pipes" as they are often referred – leaving them to deal with increasing amounts of data being passed through their networks by these services. 

In Vietnam, the telecommunication ministry is drafting a bill which would bring foreign messaging apps under government control...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Government, Net Neutrality, OTT Services, Regulation.

Opera launches "all you can eat" app store

For operators, the added perks you can offer customers which helps to differentiate your package from the competition is one of the most important factors as network performance becomes negligibly different between providers. Opera Software has launched an operator-branded app store which promises "all you can eat" apps and games, and it could be worth adding to your arsenal. 

One of the biggest benefits of Opera's...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Developers, Entertainment, Smartphones.

OnLive has a "level up" from game-changing to enterprise-changing with CloudLift

The Cloud is a huge topic here at Enterprise Apps World (which is perhaps why the event is cleverly coupled with Cloud World Forum) and few people know the technology’s potential than OnLive who started life as an innovative game-streaming company. Despite a few knocks to the company’s health bar over the years, OnLive is still around and ready to take their expertise to the enterprise.

OnLive’s latest venture,

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, LTE.

Microsoft is taking Cortana for a joyride in your car

Car manufacturers are well-acquainted with Microsoft. For over 15 years the company’s Windows CE or Windows Automotive embeddable software has been behind software from BMW, Fiat, Ford, Kia, and Nissan.

What the company hasn’t had any control over is the end experience – with Apple bringing ‘CarPlay’ to upcoming vehicles; it’s overdue that Microsoft takes the car for another spin…

A new version of Windows for the car was shown off at last week’s BUILD developer...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Entertainment, Smartphones.

Having an OTT service as a carrier… WhatsApp with that?

Let’s talk about WhatsApp. The popular OTT messaging service – acquired by Facebook for $19bn – has officially made good on its plans to launch as a carrier.

Launching in Germany with carrier E-Plus, the formed MVNO is selling a 10 euro prepaid SIM which comes loaded with the same amount of credit alongside unlimited free access to WhatsApp.

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Industry, MVNO, Operators.

AT&T launches connected car platform

It’s all happening in the automotive-space at this year’s CES! Just yesterday our sister publication DeveloperTech reported about Google’s “Open Automotive Alliance” announcement; today AT&T have announced their own connected car platform.

The partnership is alongside industry heavyweights Ericsson, Amdocs, Jasper Wireless, Synchronoss and others to create...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Industry, Operators.

Coin – the latest startup aiming to make the credit card history

Meet San Francisco-based digital startup Coin. The company’s ethos is to build products which “simplify, improve and fit seamlessly into your life” – and a new product released today aims to do precisely that.

Coin’s solution is to have one card to rule them all – a connected device which holds the information of all your other cards and accounts, with users able to chop and change with a circular button on the front of the display.

Alongside the Coin app,...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Billing, Government.

Tizen selects Nokia’s Here platform for location

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The Tizen Association announced on Monday that it has selected Nokia’s Here maps platform to power the location elements of the Tizen mobile operating system.

This fills a major hole in Tizen’s offering and paves the way for the launch of the first Tizen handsets from Samsung, which we expect to arrive in 2014. Although the impact of the deal will ultimately rely on the success of Tizen, the selection of Here not only illustrates the growing...

By Ovum Research, 15 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Devices, Smartphones.