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

According to...

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.

Opinion: Going over-the-top, or not

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Why do over-the-top (OTT) communication applications such as Skype, Viber, Line and WhatsApp exist? My view is, like most innovation, they exist to exploit inefficiency in a market.

If the world already had a service which provided ubiquitous, seamless communication with anybody, anywhere, at any time, across multiple media at a nominal cost, then there would be no need for OTT communication applications.

In the mobile...

By Paul Liesching, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Content, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services.

To nobody's surprise, Indian telcos want to block WhatsApp OTT VoIP

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, telcos in India are objecting to plans for WhatsApp to launch VoIP and complaining about it to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). So reports The Hindu Business Line that includes this glorious quote from a representative of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI):

“Allowing the use of VoIP/ Internet telephony at...

By Dan York, 02 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, OTT Services.

Draft bill to bring OTT apps under government control

OTT apps are a threat to telecoms providers worldwide as most will offer equivalent or better services for free from which telcos have traditionally generated revenue. This turns the operators into "dumb pipes" as they are often referred – leaving them to deal with increasing amounts of data being passed through their networks by these services. 

In Vietnam, the telecommunication ministry is drafting a bill which would bring foreign messaging apps under government control...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Government, Net Neutrality, OTT Services, Regulation.

Over the top video revenue to reach $9.45bn in Europe

The total over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in Europe was up 51 percent in 2013 reaching $3.2 billion and is expected to grow a further 43 percent this year, according to the latest market study by Strategy Analytics.They predict that the majority of this new growth will occur within the online subscription VOD (SVOD) and ad-supported video business models, lifting the market above $9.45 billion by year-end 2018.The growth of OTT video suggests that the audience is shifting towards accessibility and availability over actual ownership of home videos on...

By David H. Deans, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, OTT Services.