SMS traffic will reach 9.4 trillion messages by 2016

Mobile network operator text messaging revenue is being impacted by the adoption of alternative smartphone messaging apps -- such as WhatsApp, iMessage and others. But it's not a major concern. According to the latest market study by Informa Telecoms & Media, they now forecast that mobile operators will still generate a total of $722.7 billion in revenues from SMS between 2011 and 2016. "There will not be a uniform decline in mobile operator SMS traffic and revenues as a result of the adoption and use of over-the-top messaging services," says Pamela Clark-Dickson, senior analyst, Mobile Content & Applications, at Informa Telecoms &...

By David H. Deans, 12 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

When perfection does matter

While we often argue against the need for perfection, there is definitely a time and a place when it's required and any discussion about TELCOs should at least try to recognise this.

Although today we see many services as non-essential, just useful and, possibly, fun, it's easy to forget that TELCO networks deliver some fundamental services that can have a critical role to play in our lives.

There...

By Redmill Communications, 24 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Marketing, Operators.

T-Mobile USA culls 900 jobs but expects to put 550 back

T-Mobile USA has announced another round of job cuts with 900 employees leaving the Seattle-based company.

The move comes as the mobile operator reassesses its strategy following a failed $39 billion merger with AT&T last year, claiming that it “will enable us to react with greater speed and effectiveness to customer and market opportunities...that better positions T-Mobile to return to growth.”

T-Mobile is the only one of the ‘big four’ American mobile networks not to carry the...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Nokia warns of losses in face of “competitive industry dynamics”

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has announced that is expecting to report a loss for the first two quarters of 2012. In a statement released Wednesday the firm blamed “competitive industry dynamics” for damaging net sales for its Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, India and China.The announcement takes the shine off the recent resurgence of Nokia’s high end products under the direction of Stephen Elop. The ex-Microsoft executive said...

By Connected Numbers, 14 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Mobile, Operators.

Can Telefónica halt the OTT smash and grab with "TU Me"?

European telecoms giant Telefónica has released its own VoIP-based communication app, in a direct challenge to the popular OTT services that have usurped billions of dollars of operators’ revenue over the last year.

European operators have been feeling the pinch from services like Skype and WhatsApp, and companies including Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom and Vodfone have been making noises about introducing their own rich...

By Matt Henkes, 09 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Operators, Wireless.

Everything Everywhere rues impact of MTR cuts

Everything Everywhere, the company formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, has posted a drop in service revenue of 2.5 per cent to fall to £1.5bn in its first quarter earnings statement.The firm blamed the drop on the impact of regulated mobile termination rate (MTR) cuts. Last year, the UK’s Competition Commission decided to increase the speed at which mobile termination rates must fall, from 4 pence per minute to just 0.65 pence per minute by 1 April 2014. It said that, excluding the...

By Connected Numbers, 03 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, LTE, Operators.

How big data is challenging mobile service mediation

The traditional approach to service charging involved each network event being equal to a chargeable unit that was priced individually. But this paradigm has changed. The new approach involves tiered service bundles and periodic allowances. This change has been the result of a combination of evolving consumer behaviors and technology advances that have resulted in a rapid increase of usage data being generated by communications networks. These volumes manifest themselves as the challenge we are coming to...

By Magnus Hyttsten, 02 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Mobile, Operators.

Determining if there really is a spectrum shortage

Those of us who have been in the wireless space for years take for granted that there is a spectrum shortage but the New York Times had a compelling story discussing how spectrum sharing and smart antennas will help alleviate the problem.

They even have a quote from David P. Reed saying that radio frequencies are not finite. TMC's Peter Bernstein disagrees with this last point and has some

By Rich Tehrani, 20 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, N America, Operators, Wireless.