Are new EU roaming charge limits an opportunity for carriers?

The recently announced changes to EU roaming charges bring a sense of fairness for consumers, many of whom in the past have unwittingly run up excessive charges abroad (and suffered from the subsequent bill shock a month later). After European ministers agreed to regulate and cap mobile data charges within the EU, operators are keen to adopt network sharing models in order to drive cost efficiencies that help offset the associated fall in revenues. To do so, they'll need to adopt a new business model that...

By Rob Smith, 29 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Government, Operators.

Communications Service Providers struggle to live up to SLA expectations

At a time of transition in the telecoms landscape, as cloud and 4G services come to the fore, communications service providers (CSPs) are still struggling to deliver on pre-defined service level agreements (SLAs) according to MDS research.

The survey, conducted amongst 205 IT and telecoms decision-makers, found that 93% of respondents continue to experience problems with the SLAs they hold with CSPs.

While SLAs remain...

By Rob Smith, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Operators.

OnLive and the sad lesson of online’s (near) demise

I remember back in 2002-2003 looking at all those online TV concepts and (as a potential customer) finding it amazing to have so much choice and access to niche content that mainstream media would never offer.

In France there was a company called Canal Web which offered really amazing stuff. They folded in 2003: the quality of content delivery over the broadband that was available at the time...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cloud, Fiber Optic.

Mobile cloud services sustain revenue and growth in new LTE networks

By Stuart Benington, Director of Portfolio Strategy

As mobile operators invest heavily to migrate to LTE networks, they face a major financial challenge in the near-term. The number of LTE-based services — and the profits they bring in — will require a long-term horizon to achieve a return on investment (ROI).

To speed up their ROI, operators can support an LTE business model with revenues from other services using the same technologies and...

By Tellabs, 29 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, LTE, M2M, Mobile, Operators.

What is the upside for speech recognition in mobile devices?

Get used to the idea of talking to all your consumer electronics (CE) devices as a primary means of interaction, for this is the future of human interface design, particularly with mobile communication devices. As mobile speech recognition technologies continue to improve in their efficacy, the vendors of the speech technology platforms are making concerted efforts to enable the long tail of mobile application developers with speech recognition capabilities. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the efforts of...

By David H. Deans, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Mobile, Research.

EMC’s deal with Lenovo is about China, not Cisco

By Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, IT Infrastructure, Ovum

EMC has struck a deal with Chinese PC and server maker Lenovo. The most important elements of the deal are that Lenovo will resell EMC storage products in China, and EMC will provide Lenovo with technical help developing Lenovo’s x86 servers. The arrangement is likely to provide EMC with improved access to the Chinese market, and has parallels with EMC’s formerly successful resale arrangement with Dell.

It does not pose an immediate threat...

By Ovum Research, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Industry.

LG announces 3D-enabled game apps for Smart TV

The Korean electronics giant LG has announced that its Cinema 3D Smart TVs are to get a series of 3D game apps.

This has been described as an industry first, as until then these games were only available on 2D on smartphones and tablets via Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.

Five popular games have been launched initially, with more becoming available during August.

The five games are Air Penguin, Burn the City, Diversion, Downhill Bowling 2 and Frisbee Forever. The service will be available in all...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Asia, Cloud, IPTV, Smart TV.

Telco IT spend to decline as a percentage of revenues by 2016

By Shagun Bali, Analyst, Telecom IT, Ovum

Ovum publishes analysis of telco IT spending forecast

As market forces continue to drive substantial change in telecommunications, the industry’s IT spending will respond accordingly. Faced with limited prospects for revenue growth, telecoms service providers are keeping capital expenditure budgets in check. They are also reducing costs by outsourcing certain operations to leverage vendors’ economies of scale and expertise.

The market is witnessing rapid...

By Ovum Research, 23 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Operators.