Will YipTV do to TV what Vonage did to calls?

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The VoIP market revolutionized the way communications worked, allowing companies to provide over-the-top services which were decoupled from the phone company.

For the first time you could go out and buy broadband from one company and phone service from another. The poster-child for this movement in the US had to be Vonage, and the company did a great deal for the fledgling VoIP market at the time.

Thanks to Vonage,

By Rich Tehrani, 12 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, OTT Services.

Opinion: Going over-the-top, or not

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Why do over-the-top (OTT) communication applications such as Skype, Viber, Line and WhatsApp exist? My view is, like most innovation, they exist to exploit inefficiency in a market.

If the world already had a service which provided ubiquitous, seamless communication with anybody, anywhere, at any time, across multiple media at a nominal cost, then there would be no need for OTT communication applications.

In the mobile...

By Paul Liesching, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Content, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services.

Freeview Play has YouView in its sights

Freeview Play is a new service from the popular digital TV service which looks set to take on YouView through offering a similar range of catch-up and on-demand service but for the lack of a price tag that its namesake suggests.

We want to keep television fair and open for everyone.

Launching later this year, the service will be available subscription-free on a range of TVs and set-top boxes. On-demand content will be available at launch including entertainment provided through BBC iPlayer, ITV...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Sports fans rejoice! SK Telecom and Samsung develop ‘True Real Time Mobile Streaming Technology’

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If you follow any form of professional sports, and have ever tried to catch the game on-the-move, then you’ve probably been frustrated at being around 15 seconds behind TV viewers. For this reason, despite more widespread and faster mobile data than ever, a lot of sports fans will stick to live radio for their fix of updates.

The two...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Mobile, Outsourcing.

Big data: Why CSPs must go big or go home

By Gordon Rawling, Director of EMEA Marketing, Oracle Communications

According to a recent report from the European Commission (EC), more digitised data has been created in the last two years than in every year before this period combined.

This trend shows no signs of slowing down, with users continuing to adopt a widening array of data-driven devices as part of their new digital lifestyles. The EC report also reveals that even with the big data market growing at roughly 40 per cent each year, few of the...

By Oracle Communications, 06 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Content, Operators.

How connected healthcare is gaining industry acceptance #TTW

Telecoms Tech sat in on an interesting discussion from Bob Gann, head of international business development at NHS England, on steps the NHS is taking in cutting its costs and becoming more connected

M2M and IoT has traditionally been examined from a vertical perspective, with healthcare at the forefront. But even though some in the industry have forecast horizontal plays gaining prominence, it's always refreshing to see where healthcare M2M, always a strong vertical, is going.

Bob Gann, head of international...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, M2M.

James Monighan: How current M2M reportage is missing the point #TTW

Ahead of Telecoms Tech World next week James Monighan, who is chairing the M2M track at the event, discusses the current state of the M2M market, how important the customer experience is, and how the coverage doesn’t quite tell the full story

It’s becoming clear that the machine to machine (M2M) ecosystem is going to revolutionise everyday lives, especially as it morphs into the Internet of Things (IoT).

Yet the majority of reports on the topic focus on big numbers. A Strategy Analytics research report released

By James Bourne, 22 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Devices, M2M.

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.

Why telecom service providers must evolve, now

Communication service providers can no longer continue down their traditional path of revenue generation and expect to survive, due to the overwhelming evidence that their legacy business strategy is obsolete. Dramatic shifts and changes in the marketplace now require decisive action. Small incremental tweaks to old business plans and established financial models cannot result in the desired outcomes. A major crossroads has been reached. There are two options; either adapt to the apparent market realities or...

By David H. Deans, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Empirix talks about the importance of Big Data analysis

Empirix, a recognized leader in end-to-end network performance, has today launched a new analytics platform by the name of ‘IntelliSight’.

We took the opportunity to speak to Tim Moynihan, vice president of marketing, about the release and the importance of effective Big Data analytics.

He offered some interesting industry insight.

Tim first explains how the IntelliSight platform works: “We gather information and...

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Content, Industry, Operators.

Amdocs on the “life” of telco providers and their services

Amdocs, the leading provider of customer experience systems and services, released a survey yesterday based around the PLM (Product Life Management) of telecom provider’s services.

TelecomsTech took the opportunity to speak to Eitan Elkin from the firm about the findings and whether these providers are optimally positioned to tackle the future and its emerging threats.

Eitan first explains the background of PLM: “PLM is not a new term; it’s been around for more than 30...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Marketing, Operators.

Telcos look inwardly for new innovation

Ovum recently published the 2H12 version of its Telco Services Innovation Radar. In 2H12, the Radar tracked 485 new service launches by fixed and mobile telcos around the world. From these launches, it is clear that operators have increased their focus on developing new services within their existing core operations rather than investing heavily in completely new lines of business. This was reflected in the fact that there were less collaborative services launched, with many operators opting to launch services alone...

By Ovum Research, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Industry, Research.

Why 4G is an opportunity for CSPs to reposition their business

With ageing 2G/3G networks – as well as a proliferation of complex tariffs and policies – 4G represents an ideal opportunity for CSPs to reposition their businesses (in particular as Over The Top players) and make them more profitable. 

Uncertainty from investors and changing customer behaviour, from voice-centric to data-centric usage, means that CSPs cannot rest on their laurels and must find ways to monetise their LTE investments. Unlike with 3G, they can’t afford to wait years for...

By Rob Smith, 30 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Content, LTE, Operators.

Cloud music services will reach 191 million subs

Fans of recorded music that are already paying for on-demand streaming services will total 29 million people worldwide at the end of 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Accounting for 32 percent of the premium music service subscribers, Spotify is expected to close the year as the leader -- trailed by Deezer, SK Telecom’s MelOn, and rounded out by Rhapsody and Sony. Moreover, the high-growth cloud music services subscriber base is forecasted to reach 191 million by the end of...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Research.

PirateBrowser sails around ISP’s barricades, but is it actually safe?

The Pirate Bay ship has decided it will not be sunk by any of the legal battles it’s found itself in, and instead is continuing their illicit activities from the comfort of the Spanish and Norway seas (or skies as the cloud-based service may be.)

Whilst (currently) out of reach by the courts, it hasn’t stopped legislation such as that implemented in the UK which requires ISPs to block access to the file-sharing website.

As always with the pirates, they’ve found a way to step ahead –...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Government, Networks, Piracy.

For telcos, shared data plans are difficult to devise and market

Nicole McCormick, Senior Analyst, Industry, Communications, and Broadband

Numerous telcos are examining when and how to bring shared data plans to market. However, with the exception of consumers in the US, the notion of multiple subscribers sharing a single data allowance is completely alien to most mobile customers. In fact, the concept of sharing data either by the “connected person” or the “connected household” has even proven difficult to get across to some telco...

By Ovum Research, 05 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Networks, Operators.

Google’s Chromecast disrupts everything on TV

The genius minds over at Google have just secured themselves an unstoppable force in the TV entertainment market; making a streaming device so well-priced everyone wants one – sometimes even multiple for every HDMI port in their home.

If you haven’t heard, Google’s Chromecast is a dongle which allows applications such as Netflix and YouTube to be streamed on any screen with a HDMI port.

You may be thinking,”ok, cool, but how does this disrupt everything?

First let’s take into account...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Google, Industry, IPTV, Smartphones.

Are models such as Spotify’s and Netflix’s viable for creators?

Almost a week ago, Thom Yorke – lead singer of Radiohead – pulled his music from Spotify in a protest about how much the music-streaming service pays artists (conveniently launching a service “mere days” after.)

But let’s play a quick game, try and guess the answer. Do creators get paid less for having their work on platforms...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry.

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.

This places...