Analysys Mason explain how operators can make OTT/VAS work for them #TTW
Two analysts, Cesar Bachelet and Stephen Sale from Analysys Mason, took the stage at Telecoms Tech World for a session entitled “How can operators make OTT/VAS work for them?” Whilst it doesn’t take a genius to know what they spoke about; they certainly gave some clever insights.
It’s no secret mobile operators are facing what many call “a threat” from OTT applications; the typical example is of how WhatsApp has replaced SMS for many customers.
Internet of things and M2M apps move to open platforms
Upside for Smart Devices with embedded M2M tech
Machine to machine (M2M) connectivity will be embedded in more than 2 billion devices across nine key industries by 2018 - but it will be cellular wireless communication services that will bring the bulk of the value and the revenues, according to the latest global market study by ABI Research. A new generation of smart devices is set to have embedded connectivity and manufacturers already have a number of technologies to select to deliver network connectivity. ABI Research has examined the demand and appeal for M2M connectivity across cellular, satellite, fixed-line and short-range wireless technologies within nine key industry...
Huawei’s looking forward in $600m 5G investment
Whilst many of us stare at our signal bars, waiting for the 3G to switch to 4G, China-based Huawei is instead looking to the next big thing – with a hefty $600m investment into 5G research. Don’t get too excited though, the rollout of functioning technology isn’t expected until 2020.
This is part of a continued investment which began back in 2009. At the home of mobile, MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has demonstrated 5G base stations capable of 50Gbps.
One of the most promising innovations is an...
DC Comics' The Flash breaks wireless transmission record!
By “The Flash”, we actually mean researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany; but it’s certainly quick-as-a-flash speeds in which they’ve broken the wireless transmission record!
Cable-based telecommunication networks require massive investment; which doesn’t always even reach as far as many would like.
This leaves many rural areas with limited to no access. Through the use of broadband data transmission via radio relay links; it...
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Angry Birds on a plane!
Many of us are irrationally afraid of flying (over the fifteen years between 1975 and 1994, the death risk per flight was one in seven million) yet we just can’t help it – especially during takeoff and landing.
Unfortunately, these are the two times where electronic devices are banned in the US since 1998; where a near-crash of a Qantas jumbo jet Heathrow airport was said to have been caused by someone on the plane using a mobile phone.
Due to this, we can’t distract ourselves with a game of...
Twitter’s $1 Billion IPO: All you need to know
Hot on the heels of Facebook’s initially disastrous IPO; Twitter filed their $1 Billion IPO yesterday – trading under the name of TWTR when the San Francisco company goes public. As a company which has struggled to find new streams of profit; how successful will it be?
During the first six months of 2013 the company pulled in $253.6 million in revenue, but its net loss increased by 41% to $69.3 million.
Luckily there are two statistics which give a more positive outlook...
- Firstly, only a third of its users are in the US – so there’s...
Would you recruit an ex-hacker? Most IT professionals would
A survey conducted by IT recruitment specialists CWJobs.co.uk shows that 70% of IT professionals believe that hiring ex-hackers could be the solution to security problems. After all, who better to protect against intrusions than the people who do it daily?
The most high-profile case in my recent knowledge was that of infamous iOS “Jailbreaker” and PlayStation hacker GeoHot; who was snapped-up by social networking giant Facebook not long after an intense lawsuit by Sony.
Whilst the most common...
4G LTE connections will reach 1 billion by 2018
Telcos look inwardly for new innovation
Exploring smartphone market segmentation realities
Cloud music services will reach 191 million subs
Samsung overtakes Apple as most profitable smartphone firm, but it’s still not enough
Whoever you side with in the seemingly historic Samsung versus Apple dispute, you can’t fault Sammy’s drive – they aren’t even happy selling almost triple the smartphone sales in the past quarter (and yes, I realise Apple hasn’t had a major smartphone launch in that period.)
According to Strategy Analytics - with 107 million units sold from April to June; this equates to Samsung holding a 27.7% market share.
Nokia follows at 61.1 million sold for a 15.8% share, and Apple takes...
Microsoft launches White Space pilot in Africa for low-cost broadband
Whilst Bill Gates may be spending less time at Microsoft, instead focusing more on incredible global philanthropic work with his – and his wife Melinda’s – Gates Foundation.
The research teams back at Microsoft have launched a third pilot in Africa to explore the possibility of low-cost broadband.
The Redmond-based giant has had previous forays into Africa under the aptly-named ‘4Afrika’ initiative - now in its third iteration - this current pilot makes use of TV and...
Asian telcos top for customer satisfaction – where does your country rank?
Most of us have had horror stories regarding customer service by various telecom providers, but where do you think your country ranks in overall satisfaction?
It’s time to find out - as independent research firm KPMG has released their “In Search of a Better Customer Experience” study.
To take into account the overall customer experiences both in-store and over the phone, the firm used mystery shoppers to embark on a journey spanning 850 store visits and 750 calls.
Providers were assessed on...
China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)
Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.
Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.
Taking a look at how 4G changes the mobile landscape
Most of us have come to terms that 4G will be making some big changes to our lives and how we access data services on the move, but are you aware of the impact it will have on the competitive landscape?
A report by independent research firm Yankee Group investigates just that.
Mobile network operators (MNOs) have been fighting to release their services as quick as possible, whilst offering the fastest and most reliable service. Although this certainly helps to gain an advantage, it’s not the only way to...
Alcatel-Lucent gets the record for fastest undersea data transmission
Transoceanic data is a big business which may be about to be sped up thanks to a team’s research at Alcatel-Lucent’s campus near Paris, who have broke the world record for fastest undersea data transmission.
Researchers at the site from Bell Labs sent data at speeds of 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) along 7200km; three times faster than previous commercially-available cables.
This was achieved over a span of 100km (the distance between amplifiers.)
Philippe Keryer, Chief Strategy & Innovation...
US likeliest for next disruptive tech; UK not an ‘innovation hotspot’
The UK’s “Tech City” cannot compete against the might of Silicon Valley and the rest of the US in terms of technology innovation, according to a recent survey.
Whilst this may not be greatly surprising considering the sheer scale of the States; being placed ahead of China by technology executives may be of interest.
The survey has been conducted by advisory firm KPMG, using a pool of 811 top technology business leaders worldwide from startups, mid-sized to large enterprises, venture capital...