Where are the opportunities in the LATAM connected car market?

By Susan Kuchinskas

Government legislation is at the top of the list of influences on Latin American markets, according to Scott Sedlik, vice president of marketing for INRIX. CONTRAN 245 is Brazil's legislation requiring all new vehicles to be equipped with tracking modules; it's in the early stages of implementation and will benefit hardware manufacturers.

One differentiator in Latin America is that most vehicles are sold without installed infotainment systems; in many cases, without even radios,...

By Telematics Update, 13 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, Operators, Telematics.

Accedo and NDS team up for set-top box apps

Accedo, the Smart TV provider, has announced a partnership with NDS to enable pay-TV operators to launch their own app store, as well as potentially monetising apps.

The product utilises NDS’ set-top box (STB) for operators to author apps integrated with an HTML browser, and an advanced software development kit (SDK).

The NDS Service Delivery Platform enables operators to provide content “contextual” with what’s on the screen.

“The combination of NDS software and...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, Operators, Smart TV.

Make the Most of Your Brand: Monetising HTML5 with Carrier Billing

The value of mobile applications to brands is beyond question – in fact, it is almost something of a shock when a major marque doesn’t have one. Companies see apps as a means of building stronger, closer relationships with their customers, augmenting their existing marketing efforts.

In HTML5 we have the next generation of apps. At present, should a company wish to release an app they are required to use an app store provider and subsequently have to adhere to certain criteria and rules...

By Jeremy Hamill-Keays, 03 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Billing, Operators.

Negating churn and owning the customer: SLAs are the new killer app

The advent of smartphones has meant that Apps now dominate the language of mobile.

Apps will come and go with waning interest but, regardless of the latest game on the market, consumers will always expect a service that rewards their loyalty.

It is for this reason that one concept will become increasingly essential to customer retention and effective service: the service level agreement (SLA). The SLA is, in essence, the ‘killer App’ that all customers need and all Communications Service Providers...

By Rob Smith, 30 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Operators.

Skype celebrates 9 years of disrupting telecom, but what comes next?

Nine years ago, August 29, 2003, the first version of Skype was made publicly available. Now in 2012 Skype celebrates it's 9th birthday - and first birthday as part of Microsoft... and it's still disrupting telecommunications.

Four years ago on Skype's 5th birthday I wrote at great length about how Skype has changed telecommunications, and last year I wrote a retrospective as well- both of those posts still stand...

Skype has only added more capabilities over the time. Skype is still one of the only applications that I can say I personally use each and every day. It's critical to what I do.

As I look back on my last year of writing about Skype, I'd note that they've finally gotten the app to work more similarly across operating systems, introduced amazing video quality, crossed over 40 million simultaneous users, made yet another attempt at a developer program and continually improved the Skype-on-mobile-device experience. Skype has also added a deeper Facebook integration, embedded Skype into more TV and other consumer devices, rolled out Skype on Windows Phone and continued to improve their video offerings.

But what comes next?

What will we be writing about on Skype's 10th birthday next year?

Jim Courtney captures this well in a post today on the theme of "Whither Skype?" The whole post is worth a read, but I'll highlight one paragraph in particular:

Where does Skype play...

By Dan York, 30 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Operators, Smartphones.

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.

Ofcom gives Everything Everywhere green light to launch UK 4G

For nine months the UK telecoms industry held its breath as it awaited Ofcom’s decision on whether to allow Everything Everywhere to launch 4G services using its existing holding of spectrum.

Then on August 21, 2012 Ofcom granted that liberalisation. The decision has been seen as firmly pro-consumer, but it has angered rival operators. While it is not a perfect outcome, it does mean that the UK moves a step closer to finally getting 4G, which could arrive as soon as September this year.

Ofcom’s...

By Ovum Research, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Fiber Optic, LTE, Operators.

Operators’ OTT Puzzle: Time to Consider Sleeping with the Enemy?

Over The Top’ mobile internet communications services such as Skype and WhatsApp are set to cost the global mobile industry as much as $182 billion in lost voice and messaging revenue over the next four years, according to research from MobileSquared, sponsored by mobile interaction service provider, tyntec.

This is hardly news. It seems that every week there are new figures published that support the view that operators are being relegated to the role of ‘dump pipes’ and that OTT services are steadily eroding the traditional operator revenue strongholds of voice and SMS. And yet this research is...

By Thorsten Trapp, 16 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Operators.

Can HTC go for the jugular in Chinese smartphone market?

Everyone’s getting used to struggling financial results from the telecoms industry these days due to the bleak economic outlook.

Announcing quarterly figures is akin to a death sentence, especially if the big companies find the going difficult.

Huawei posted strong sales revenue figures of CNY 102.7bn (£10.4bn), overtaking Swedish giants Ericsson through the first two quarters of 2012.

But despite this, they posted a 22%...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Operators, Smartphones.

The 4G road ahead: Some common denominators for WiMAX and LTE

For a long time, it has been held that WiMAX has a definite and powerful time-to-market advantage over LTE and LTE-Advanced networks. This is because of WiMAX’s maturity as a technology, but also due to its higher readiness to be deployed. On the other hand and despite the many commitments, LTE remains at the trial stage largely.Recent market reports, however, indicate thatWiMAX’s advantage may be short-lived and that WiMAX, despite prospects of growth, will be eventually eclipsed by LTE’s growth, which is projected to take an exponential at the time of writing this article.More generally speaking, both...

By Alex Wanda, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, Small Cells.