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.

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.