EU asks Netflix to lower its quality as people isolate from coronavirus

The EU has asked Netflix to lower its video quality as more people use the service to bring some joy during their coronavirus lockdowns.

Netflix typically accounts for around 13 percent of global internet traffic and has required an increasing amount of bandwidth as the streaming giant releases an increasing library of 4K and HDR content.

Over concerns that an expected surge in Netflix traffic may cause networks to grind to a halt during a time they’re needed most, the EU has persuaded Netflix to reduce...

Why communication service providers are having to embrace AI apps

Public cloud computing applications have left the telecom service providers in a marginalised position. The whole industry has always been directly affected by technology innovation and digital disruption. That said, the past 10 years have been particularly challenging for several significant reasons.

The mainstream penetration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in communication services, the rise of highly customised over the top (OTT) applications, the rollout of superior connectivity...

By David H. Deans, 25 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

How 5G technology will continue to evolve mobile voice services

The global mobile communication services market has always been prone to technological disruption and innovation. Over the past 10 years, however, the mobile voice services landscape has been profoundly affected by advances in new technology.

These include the penetration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in communication services, the rise of highly customised over the top (OTT) mobile voice and messaging applications, and the rollout of superior connectivity modes such as 4G LTE and...

By David H. Deans, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Content, LTE, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

Tech groups petition US court to reconsider net neutrality ruling

Groups representing major tech firms have asked a US court to reconsider an October ruling which largely upheld the 2017 repealing of net neutrality rules.

The subject of net neutrality consistently made the headlines during 2017 and 2018 – we know, we wrote many of them – but it's become a less hot topic this year.

Part of the reason for the decline in debate is that the FCC ruled against net neutrality in December 2017 and repealed...

Lebanon backtracks on plan to tax voice calls made over the internet

Lebanon has decided to backtrack on a policy that would have resulted in a daily charge to users wanting to make voice calls over the internet.

The plan was to charge 20 cents per day for calls made over the web; including using services like WhatsApp and FaceTime Audio.

While it's a relatively small daily charge, Lebanon expected it to result in an extra $200 million per year for the cash-strapped government.

Lebanon recently declared an "economic emergency" and is currently in the process of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Government, Mobile, OTT Services, VoiP.

WhatsApp: ‘Advanced cyber actor’ installed spyware

OTT messaging giant WhatsApp has confirmed an ‘advanced cyber actor’ exploited a major vulnerability to install spyware on users’ devices.

With over 1.5 billion active users, WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging app. This popularity makes WhatsApp a key target for both independent and state-sponsored hackers.

The attackers compromised devices by making fake calls to victims’ devices. Users did not even have to pick up the call for the malicious code to be...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile, OTT Services, Security, Smartphones, Surveillance.

SK Broadband is having to double its capacity for Netflix

South Korean fixed broadband operator SK Broadband has said it’s having to double its network capacity to cope with Netflix demand.

In order to cope, the operator will boost its data transfer speed for high-speed networks to 100 Gbps from 50 Gbps. The operator plans to address complaints about Netflix streaming quality by doubling the size of its overseas network.

South Korea is renowned for its fast broadband speeds. Last year, SK Broadband rolled out 2.3 Gbps internet speeds and the nation regularly...

How GPS and the Internet of Things are enabling new tracking apps

The emerging new applications of the global positioning system (GPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are only limited by a savvy vendor's imagination. Exploring the full potential of these enabling technologies is resulting in significant new upside revenue opportunities.

According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, the market for consumer GPS pet trackers and services in Europe and North America is forecast to grow from € 60 million in 2017 to reach about € 340 million in 2022.

GPS tracking...

By David H. Deans, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT, OTT Services.

How blockchain is revolutionising telecom business support systems

Sponsored The business support system (BSS) remains the lifeblood of any communications provider. You can spend all you want on the network, but if you want to get that fast speed to a customer and make it useable, you cannot neglect the back office.

If you have an ageing BSS, your very survival could be at stake. These warnings have been concerning telecom operators for some time. Take a report

By James Bourne, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Operators, OTT Services.

How connected cars are driving mobile eCommerce applications

Automobiles are getting smarter and more connected to the world around them. The term 'Connected Cars' refer to devices installed in the vehicle which allow machine-to-machine (M2M) communication or machine-to-human interaction.

M2M is communication between two single machines with no human interaction. Regarding vehicle telematics, M2M technology enables data to be sent from the vehicle to another location and used for vehicle conditioning or to monitor driver behaviour.

Connected cars market...

By David H. Deans, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, IoT, M2M, OTT Services.