Opinion: Is the world ready for RCS?

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Few people outside the mobile industry paid attention to Rich Communication Services (RCS) until Google announced in September 2015 that it had acquired Jibe Mobile, a company at the forefront of RCS development. But what impact will this have on the future of RCS and the humble SMS in a climate where OTT messaging apps are becoming more and more popular by the day?

The...

By Kevin Panzavecchia, 28 January 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, OTT Services.

Google acquires Jibe Mobile – backs it to lead Rich Communications standard

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Earlier this week, we reported on new research from Juniper which points towards OTT voice providers expecting to witness a fivefold revenue increase over the next five years at the expense of traditional operators' voice revenue – which is on a serious decline. 

Part of the reason for this decline in voice revenue...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

Research: OTT voice providers will see a fivefold revenue increase

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Over the course of the next five years, OTT providers of voice services can expect to see a fivefold increase in their revenue according to a new study from Juniper Research. The basis of Juniper's prediction that uptake of high-quality VoIP calls will increase as the rollout of 4G networks accelerates. 

The research,

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Industry, Monetisation, Operators, OTT Services, VoiP.

By subscription only: The future of traditional telecoms services?

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Among the sweeping changes taking place within the telecommunications industry, the popularity of subscription based business models seems to consistently resonate as one of the top concerns for all involved. With new players entering the field on a weekly basis, the business model of communication service providers (CSPs) will never be the same again.

Despite a number of variations introduced over the years, telecommunication services have traditionally been charged on a pay per...

By Timo Ahomäki, 07 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, IoT, Operators, OTT Services.

Highlights: Communications Market 2015 report

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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has released its annual Communications Market report which, as you can imagine, is rather comprehensive. The report does however contain interesting facts and figures about the direction of the industry. In this article, we'll dissect the report into key highlights which could be important when making informed business decisions in the future. 

The UK is now a...

Authorities think Skype should be classified as a telecoms operator

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OTT services are often discussed in the context of whether they represent a threat to telecom operators, but the authorities believe services which offer voice call functionality - such as Skype - should be treated as telcos themselves and are therefore subject to the same laws. 

Skype came under fire in France last year for refusing to hand over call record with authorities, and has now run into the same issue in Belgium for declining to open up its data system...

By Ryan Daws, 27 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Industry, Operators, OTT Services, Regulation, VoiP.

Netflix goes on the offensive against Australian ISPs

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Australian broadband providers have been criticised by some of Netflix's customers as providing "unusable" access - which has prompted the streaming giant to launch a local version of its ISP Speed Index. The index aims to inform users which providers offer the best access to their vast library of entertainment content. 

Netflix arrived in Australia just two...

By Ryan Daws, 12 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadband, Connectivity, OTT Services.

Global displacement of traditional pay-TV services

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The growing popularity of watching online video entertainment has become a more common activity worldwide, particularly with the younger generation. As a result, these shifting video consumption trends have created a few market share gainers and many losers.According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, subscriptions from Over-the-Top (OTT) video...

By David H. Deans, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, OTT Services, Smart TV.

EE debuts seamless Wi-Fi calling and SMS

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EE, the UK's largest mobile operator, has flipped the switch on support for making calls and sending texts via Wi-Fi to help its customers remain connected where cellular connectivity is unavailable / limited. The new service is launching exclusively to Samsung Galaxy S6 and Lumia 640 owners before expanding to "more than five million EE customers" by summer.

WiFi Calling will make a real difference to millions of customers across the UK

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By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, VoiP, WiFi.

Will YipTV do to TV what Vonage did to calls?

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The VoIP market revolutionized the way communications worked, allowing companies to provide over-the-top services which were decoupled from the phone company.

For the first time you could go out and buy broadband from one company and phone service from another. The poster-child for this movement in the US had to be Vonage, and the company did a great deal for the fledgling VoIP market at the time.

Thanks to Vonage,

By Rich Tehrani, 12 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, OTT Services.