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...
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...
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...
Why OTT video will continue to disrupt the market
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,”...
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...
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...
IPTV Subscriber Growth in Europe will Treble by 2020
As broadband subscriptions continue to grow in the European Union (EU) countries, Point Topic has forecast that related pay-TV adoption is set to treble by 2020. “We’re projecting just over 160 million broadband subscribers in the EU27 by 2020 -- and just over one in three will take an IPTV subscription,” says Oliver Johnson, CEO at Point Topic. According to their latest market assessment, IPTV adoption in Europe has been very different in countries where it is deployed. The success of IPTV depends primarily on two factors. Firstly is it available, not only the physical network but at a price the...
EU Gives Okay To Microsoft Acquisition of Skype
To I think no one's real surprise, the European Union today gave the go-ahead to Microsoft's acquisition of Skype. Given that the US Federal Trade Commission okayed the deal back in June, there should be no further barriers to the deal. Microsoft