Indian operators take a stand on OTT players undercutting their revenue

Telecom operators in India have challenged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to provide a more level playing field for traditional operators against OTT players, according to reports.

According to the Economic Times of India, at a seminar organised by TRAI on “Regulatory Framework for OTT Services”, Vodafone’s TV Ramachandran said: “We want some kind...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: India, Operators, OTT Services.

Why UltraViolet won't halt the Netflix phenomenon

It's already apparent to most video entertainment industry analysts -- fewer people are interested in owning physical media and the recent results of DVD and Blu-ray disc sales in mature markets is a leading indicator of this growing trend. Other key trends are also emerging.Netflix helped boost subscription services to nearly 40 percent of the UK over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment market. The worldwide OTT video market reached nearly $11 billion in 2013, of which Netflix is also a significant contributor in...

By David H. Deans, 11 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, OTT Services, Research, Smart TV.

Strand Consult: 2014 annus horribilis for telecom regulation

Amid the talk of IT growth in 2014, here’s a grim prediction for the coming year: Strand Consult predicts this year to be an “annus horribilis” for the telecom regulation industry.

In its yearly mobile telecom roundup note, the analyst firm has called out Europe as the problem area compared to the “strong leadership” of the US, adding that privacy, data protection and net neutrality...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

How to solve the second wave of mobile infrastructure

By Rajeev Tankha, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing at Oracle Communications

The fast pace of growth in the mobile devices market has seen consumers get closer than ever to their smartphones and tablets. A recent Gartner study suggested that tablet sales will increase by 70 per cent in the next year, and that over 2 billion smartphones will be in use globally by 2017.

These trends have placed more pressure than ever on Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to adopt full data networks to ensure the...

By Oracle Communications, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Operators, OTT Services.

Operators disagree on telco/OTT strategies #TTW

There's long since been an idea of collaboration between operators and OTT players. But some don't quite have that utopian view.

"Every day, every morning, every night, I'm thinking of how to compete with Fiber, Skype and WhatsApp," Giles Corbett, head of Libon at Orange, told the Telecoms Tech World audience in a lively debate. "I spend my time trying to compete with OTTs."

Orange's partnership with music provider Deezer was noted by all participants as an example of an OTT/operator success story, and...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Operators, OTT Services.

Analysing the upside opportunities within the cloud gaming market

The video game sector is constantly evolving to meet the expectations for product innovation. In a recent market study, Microsoft just beat out Sony for the top position in a game console competitive assessment -- based on expectations for the impact of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One game consoles. ABI Research evaluated a number of companies across three device categories: game consoles, smart set-top boxes, and TVs/Blu-ray players. Several factors were used to score each company based on two...

By David H. Deans, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, OTT Services, WiFi, Wireless.

Ericsson to support telcos in becoming agile operators

Adaora Okeleke, Analyst, Telco OperationsEricsson’s analyst conference in October 2013 focused on OSS and BSS, and business transformation for telcos. It provided a platform for Ericsson to share its plans on how to help telcos become more agile. Ericsson intends to support telcos in developing new revenue streams by delivering cloud and digital services, enhancing customer experience, and providing managed services from a service-centric perspective.

Ericsson to help telcos become service enablers and service...

By Ovum Research, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Operators, OTT Services.

Penrillian founder Charles Weir: NFC for payments is not dead yet #AppsWorld

According to Charles Weir, founder and technical director of development house Penrillian, near field communications (NFC) payment technology is going to seriously gain ground in two years’ time – and Apple’s lack of development in the area is just a red herring.

The launch of iOS 7, and Bluetooth technology iBeacons in particular, has caused many in the press to call it the NFC-killer. Jonny...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Content, OTT Services, Wireless.

Celltick on the challenges facing mobile operators today #AppsWorld

According to Ramgopal Vidyanand, Celltick VP corporate marketing and business development, one of the biggest challenges facing mobile operators is that mobile is increasingly becoming the first screen.

In other words, if you’re struggling at the back of the pack now, it’s not going to get better any time soon.

“I think the operator’s relevance is waning,” he explains to TelecomsTech ahead of his speaking appearance at Apps World Europe, adding...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Devices, Mobile, Operators, OTT Services.

WhatsApp moves into voice game: Should operators beware?

WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging service used by 300 million people globally each month, has announced plans to roll out voice messaging capability, in line with Facebook Messenger, BBM and WeChat.

The service, as displayed in a video on the WhatsApp blog, is dangerously simple; hold the microphone icon, make your recording, then release the icon.

“We spend a lot of time at WhatsApp thinking how we can make keeping in touch easier, and we...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Operators, OTT Services, VoiP.