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.