Can BlackBerry rebound, and how will RIM play it out?

BlackBerry: Can it rebound?

Research in Motion still remains in a very precarious position, based on where it once was ─ at the top of the smartphone market.

The company’s new CEO Thorsten Heins has orchestrated considerable senior management changes, and the brand continues to downsize. It has stopped giving financial guidance to the street and has engaged with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and RBC Capital Markets to look at all possibilities.

Just four years ago, BlackBerry was the #1 smart phone brand, and was widely adopted in...

By Randy Giusto, 24 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Operators, Smartphones.

Is plain old telephone service really dying?

Plain old telephone service, or POTS, is being touted as on its way out by quite a few sources. It’s being said that with the advent of VoIP services, cable and fiber network expansions and wireless communications innovations, POTS is dying a slow, but steady death.

But is that really the case? The reason people have landlines is largely the same: voice communication.

Certainly, in terms of data, the POTS is losing its allure and has been replaced largely by other modes. For instance, it is only in the...

By TotalTelecom, 18 September 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Cabling, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Regulators: In defence of the competition law

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy

In the past few months regulators from various jurisdictions have found their respective incumbent telcos to have breached national antitrust law and have imposed hefty penalties.

The preservation of fair competition and the protection of consumer welfare are two primary goals of most national regulatory authorities (NRAs) and recent activities have sought to achieve these objectives.

Effective competition can benefit consumers and industry alike...

By Ovum Research, 17 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Operators.

Are foreign regulators discriminating against Huawei?

In the week that Huawei and ZTE denies being a threat to US national security, is it fair to say that Huawei is being discriminated against by overseas regulatory bodies?

According to Huawei’s Australia chairman John Lord, there were elements of disappointment and obfuscation when the Australian government banned the Chinese vendor from their $40bn+ NBN (National Broadband Network) in March this year.

Lord informed an Australian parliamentary intelligence committee of his worry that this would set a...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Operators, Security.

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.