There’s no harm in taking a slow road to VoLTE deployment

By Jeremy Green, Principal Analyst, Telco StrategyMobile operators preparing to roll out LTE don’t need to hurry to deploy voice over LTE (VoLTE). There are still service and supply issues to be worked out, and time (and the effort of others) will solve most of these. In the meantime, VoLTE won’t deliver any compelling services, revenue opportunities, or business opportunities. While VoLTE will enable network efficiency and cost savings in the long term,...

By Ovum Research, 11 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators.

T-Mobile rolling out HD voice (wideband) in US mobile network #CES

T mobileMarking a huge step toward moving beyond the limitations of the legacy phone networks, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas T-Mobile announced that HD Voice is now available nationwide on its US network. This will give people the richer, fuller voice experience similar to what many of us have gotten used to experiencing while making Skype calls.

There is, of course, the caveat that HD voice (also called "wideband audio") is only available using specific...

By Dan York, 10 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, N America, Operators.

How telecom infrastructure investment will drive growth

Across the globe, there is a delicate balance between sustained investment in essential infrastructure and a corresponding advance in socioeconomic progress. Telecommunications platforms have become the driver of growth in the twenty-first century. It's now the forward-thinking key performance indicator that all economists must monitor, in addition to the GDP. Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest market study, which analyzes global and regional market trends and conditions affecting telecom service providers, enterprises, subscribers, and the global networked economy. "As 2012 ended, Europe's crisis remains un-contained and is now spreading to Germany. The...

By David H. Deans, 09 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Operators.

Tipping point: Four indicators your ageing network needs a makeover

Ian Pepper is Ciena’s Senior Director for Regional Professionals Services, and leads Ciena’s Network Transformation Solutions efforts in EMEA.

Today’s service provider model is being squeezed from all sides. Providers are seeing rising costs in areas such as energy and rack space, customers are rapidly shifting to evermore bandwidth-hungry services, and the current unprecedented global economic...

By Ciena, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Networks, Operators.

Social messaging is catching up with SMS

By Neha Dharia, Analyst, Consumer PracticeOvum’s Mobile Messaging Traffic and Revenue Forecast: 2012–17 estimates that mobile messaging traffic crossed the 7 trillion messages mark in 2012. The figure of 7 trillion messages translates to approximately 21 billion messages per day; in August 2012 the social messaging service provider WhatsApp announced that it was processing 10 billion messages a day (6 billion of which were outbound messages).

In 2012 WhatsApp recorded a 600% growth in traffic, and the numbers suggest that social...

By Ovum Research, 07 January 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, Operators.

Huawei’s stock goes up and up as 2013 begins

End of year message from acting CEO reveals 2012 sales revenue in excess of $35bn (£21.8bn) and a net profit of approximately $2.4bn (£1.5bn)

It’s been an eventful 12 months for Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei.

From becoming the largest worldwide vendor ahead of Ericsson in July, to being hauled in front of a US House Intelligence Committee for the potential use of spying codes in company equipment

By James Bourne, 07 January 2013, 1 comment. Categories: China, Operators, Security.

ITU talks end in failure as US, UK refuse to sign treaty

The two week International Telecommunications Union (ITU) world conference has ended with talks collapsing over the effective future governance of the Internet.

Having been hosted in Dubai for nearly 2000 delegates worldwide, the UN’s ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) attempted to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) treaty, not amended since 1988. These regulations are, as one would expect, somewhat...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Industry, Operators.

Evolution of the internet model does not need ITU intervention at this time

James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy, Ovum

During December 2012, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) member states are meeting to debate the future regulation of the Internet. Members are discussing proposals by the ITU to amend the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which have provided rules for global telecoms for over two decades.

The ITU feels that the existing regulatory framework is ill-equipped to deal with the challenges stemming from increasing data volumes and...

By Ovum Research, 12 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Industry, Operators.

The emerging M2M ecosystem will reach $35bn by 2016

Mobile Network operators, including Vodafone, O2, Telefonica, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, are putting significant resources into developing Machine to Machine (M2M) related business units. There is an increasing sophistication in how the market is viewed by all stakeholders, with after-market installation being replaced by embedded mobile strategies and SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) systems. Juniper Research forecasts that M2M will support total industry revenues of over $35 billion in 2016. They also predict that revenues from products and services...

By David H. Deans, 10 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Networks, Operators.

Orange fights back with latest announcements… intelligently!

Over the years I’ve been fairly critical of Orange both in the way they captured the next generation access (NGA) market and contributed to its slowing down in France and in the way they took a quasi-systematic anti-net neutral stance, even against their own best interests.

Their latest service announcements, however, show a change of tracks, and one that I find interesting and mostly compliant with Net Neutrality. That’s not to say they’re not pushing the envelope, but at least they seem to...

By Benoît FELTEN, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Operators.