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.

Examining the upside opportunities in the mobile payments market

The mobile payments market has long been an attractive opportunity, and mobile service providers have been facilitating payments for content services for many years. Mobile payment services such as ticketing and contactless payments have been available in some markets since the late 1990s or early 2000s. More advanced m-payments services - typically targeting customers in the developed world - such as m-wallet and associated value-added services, can generate significant revenue for mobile network operators in...

By David H. Deans, 08 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Billing, Consumers, Operators, OTT Services.

OTT video revenue went up and up in 2012, says ABI

The traditional channels of television consumption continue to change, and the latest research from ABI offers more pointers in that regard as the over the top (OTT) video market hit $8bn in 2012.

ABI Research, in its analysis, has also revealed that in the North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions the year on year growth was in excess of 50%, and forecast that the market will go past $20bn by 2015.

Michael Inouye, senior analyst at ABI Research, commented: “The shift to digital and OTT...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Operators, OTT Services.

What are the effects for telecoms after Facebook goes ‘home’?

Facebook has this week launched ‘Home’, software running on Android which turns a user’s phone lock screen into a news feed and a user interface for the social giant. But how does this align with other Facebook strategy, and what are the wider implications for the telecoms industry?

The new Facebook skin for Android launched yesterday, called Home, is arguably the most ambitious mobile play from the social giant so far.

Home is a combination of Facebook apps and ‘takes over’ the...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile, Operators, OTT Services, VoiP.

Skype in trouble with France over not declaring operator status

The French telecommunciations regulator ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes) has informed the Paris public prosecutor that Skype has not registered itself as a telco, as per its obligation.

According to ARCEP, the Luxembourg-based video call service will be committing a felony, but only by not declaring itself, in line with Article L. 33-1 of the French Postal and Electronic Communications Code.

ARCEP states that Skype falls into the telco category...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Operators, OTT Services.

Why OTT video will continue to disrupt the market

Over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment had a banner year in 2012. It became a turning point for legacy pay-TV service providers. The savvy companies acknowledged the OTT phenomenon and have learned to adapt to the new market realities. The laggards are slowly coming to the conclusion that nothing will halt the market fragmentation caused by the adoption of OTT content. Meanwhile, it looks like 2013 will be just as disruptive as last year. comScore released data from its latest market study which demonstrates that nearly 180 million U.S. Internet users watched 36.2 billion online content videos in January, while the number of video advertising views reached...

By David H. Deans, 06 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Content, OTT Services.

What could 2013 bring for the mobile telecom industry?

Research body Strand Consult’s 2013 trends for the mobile telecom sphere have revealed an uptake in consumer pricing and government broadband targets, alongside predicting bad news for telecom investors.

Elsewhere, Strand foresees a big year for Facebook as the social giant intensifies its mobile strategy; the battle between operators and OTT players will continue apace; and the patent lawsuits discussion will become much more sophisticated.

Calling 2013 “exciting, if not challenging,”...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, MVNO, OTT Services, Research.

Service providers vs OTT players: War of attrition rumbles on

OTT isn’t the enemy, but there’s still an element of competition for service providers

A new piece of research by Amdocs conducted by Coleman Parkes has revealed that most service providers view OTT players as potential partners rather than as a threat, although it may all be a piece of underhanded skulduggery.

The research revolved around 50 interviews conducted by global service providers, 35 interviews with OTT and internet players, and 15 with...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

O2 to trial mobile VoiP calling app

Telefonica’s commercial mobile operator O2 has announced that it will begin the UK trial of a new branded mobile VoiP application that will allow users to make calls and send texts via WiFi.

The app will enable users to make and receive calls using their own number to any UK mobile or landline number. Callers will be able to use it from anywhere in the world, provided they are calling a UK number.

Similar to T-Mobile’s US Bobsled service, which recently updated its service to include US and...

By Matt Henkes, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Mobile, N America, OTT Services, VoiP, WiFi.