Blockchain in telecoms: Is it still all hype or are we moving towards reality?

Just over nine years ago, an anonymous person or group using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled a disruptive technology called blockchain. It was aimed to carry out peer-to-peer digital transaction without the need of an intermediary. The 3 Bs that were the highlight of this phenomenon are blockchain (the disruptive technology), Bitcoin (the cryptocurrency), and banks (the intermediary).

Until quite recently blockchain technology has been synonymous with Bitcoin,...

By Rajat Kochhar, 17 November 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Operators, OTT Services.

The systemic telecoms crisis and the importance of fresh new services

Profitable telecoms businesses are starting to cringe, as traditional services are being replaced by other online – conditionally free – communication services. Now, network operators are forced to look for answers to difficult questions. How do we create new revenue streams? How do we work with clients, interact with partners, and develop business?

In the communications industry, things are changing rapidly. Telecommunications are being transformed into ‘infocommunication’ – a...

By Suren Arustamyan, 22 September 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Content, Operators, OTT Services.

Report asserts ‘significant opportunity’ with OTT advertising monetisation

Over the top (OTT) services have completed their rise to dominance – and it’s up to brands to get their act together.

That’s according to a new report from FreeWheel, which finds that viewers complete 98% of all premium video adverts on OTT, as well as providing a generally greater lift in brand awareness on campaigns compared against desktop and mobile.

The study, which collated data from customers of FreeWheel, a subsidiary of Comcast, also shed light on trends associated with OTT viewing....

By James Bourne, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Marketing, OTT Services.

Hutchison Telecom sells fixed line business to investment group for £1.4 billion

I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager based in New York, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% interest in Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) from Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (HTHKH).

The deal, which is about HKD 14.5 billion (£1.4bn), is expected to close by October, and will be carried out via I Squared Capital’s ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund II.

HGC is a Hong Kong-based fixed line service provider to fixed and mobile...

By Telecoms, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Connectivity, Networks, OTT Services.

Sky partners with Fitbit for latest VOD series

Broadcaster Sky has announced the launch of the second series of ‘Fit in 5’, an exclusive video on demand (VOD) initiative with health and fitness wearables provider Fitbit.

The first series of the show, created by fitness trainer Marvin Ambrosius, featured presenters Kirsty Gallacher and Melanie Sykes in a series of short workouts over 18 episodes. The second series will feature Sarah-Jane Mee and Lisa Snowden.

“As the leader in the connected health and fitness market, Fitbit join forces with Ambrosius...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, OTT Services, Smart TV.

OTT market to surpass broadcast TV within next five years, Level 3 argues

More hours will be logged watching linear streaming OTT video than traditional television by 2022, according to a new study from Level 3 Communications.

More than two thirds of the almost 500 media professionals polled argued traditional TV’s days will be numbered in five years’ time, while approximately half of respondents believe OTT revenue growth will be between 30% and 50% year over year in 2017.

Roughly 70% of respondents said they offered OTT services globally or across one geographic...

By Telecoms, 28 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Content, OTT Services, Smart TV.

Netflix continues to dominate OTT market – but challengers closing the gap

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More than half (53%) of Wi-Fi-connected homes in the US accessed at least one OTT service in December 2016 according to comScore – with Netflix leading the way but challengers closing the gap.

These households were active in viewing OTT content, comScore adds, doing so at an average of 19 separate days during the month, and for 2.2 hours per usage day. OTT viewing mirrors linear TV with the highest concentration of activity happening during traditional primetime hours.

In December...

By Telecoms, 13 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: OTT Services, Smart TV.

Opinion: Google is killing its chances of being a messaging leader

Google has long been criticised for its lack of clear strategy when it comes to messaging, despite having unparalleled potential to be a market leader. For such a large and innovative company, a strategy for something as established as messaging should be simple. Honestly, it’s become a point of embarrassment for Android fans like myself.

While iOS users have benefited from seamless IP messaging and SMS in a single built-in app since 2011, Android users still need to download a separate app....

By Ryan Daws, 24 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Google, OTT Services.

The VoLTE journey: From 488 million to 3 billion subscribers by 2021

Typically, VoIP is voice traffic that's carried over the public Internet. The launch of 4G LTE, and wireless hotspots in major cities around the globe, has brought about a downward trend in traditional switched telecom network activity.

VoIP is more efficient than PSTN, and technology improvements in these areas have been instrumental in allowing VoIP to spread to the mobile environment.

Market development for VoIP apps

Juniper Research has revealed that the number of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) subscribers will...

By David H. Deans, 10 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Operators, OTT Services, VoiP.

Telcos keen to utilise emerging tech – but it’s a struggle to get there

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It’s a theme which is as old as the hills. Can telcos, not traditionally renowned for their speed and flexibility, keep up with new and innovative technologies? According to a new piece of research from KPMG, the answer is: sort of.

The study, which polled 580 senior executives across 16 countries, found that for telcos who have been proactive in adopting new technologies, more than half (58%) have seen a positive impact on their business operations. Yet just over one in 10...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

A four step guide for telecom operators to thrive in today’s competitive ecosystem

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Most people today carry their opinions, cash, business transactions, and even relationships in their mobile devices — more specifically, in a host of free, ‘over the top’ (OTT) applications, cluttering their smartphones. Sure, life is more convenient than ever. But this oversimplification of human lives has significant implications for telecom operators like you, whose traditional cash cows — mobile voice calls and messaging — now face existential...

By Karan Puri, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: NFV, Operators, OTT Services, SDN.

How telecom operators can harness the IoT to grow revenues and boost loyalty

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The world of communications is undergoing a transformation. Amidst increasing competition from over-the-top providers, telecom service providers are facing revenue shrinkage, shrinking margins and growing subscriber churn in their consumer-focused business. In order to ensure relevance & long term sustainability in a fast-evolving marketplace, telcos need to move beyond just providing connectivity and security services. For this, telecom companies need to develop newer business...

By Anil Ganjoo, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators, OTT Services.

The telco opportunity amidst challenges: A holistic digital strategy for success

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Today, the world of communications and collaboration is undergoing a radical shift with the potential to disrupt the dynamics of the telecom industry forever.

A plethora of disruptive trends have taken over the entire ecosystem, significantly altering the rules of the game, impacting business, operating and financial models, measurement metrics as well as customer experience and expectations. For examples, players such as over the top (OTT) are bringing in a fresh wave of...

By Karan Puri, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Operators, OTT Services.

How the global mobile messaging market competition continues to escalate

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Mobile network service provider revenue loss from 'grey route' application-to-person (A2P) traffic will amount to $62 billion over the next six years, despite the increased deployment of security measures, according to the latest worldwide market study by Juniper Research.

Historically, the A2P service offering was used for mobile alerts or as a billing methodology and transport for simple content and services - both for one-off downloads or actions (such as voting) and for recurring...

By David H. Deans, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Operators, OTT Services.

Billing models in a digital age: How operators can adapt to keep pace with demand

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Digitalisation has had a huge impact on how we use our phones, with consumers now expecting to access data-rich services such as social platforms, videos and emails, on the go via their smartphone or tablet. This in turn has impacted billing and charging models, resulting in customers buying an increasing number of flat rate and all-you-can eat packages, made up of app-specific service bundles.

On the surface, this should make things simpler for operators to:

  • Reduce the number of complex tariff structures they need to...

By Philippe Barbotin, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Operators, OTT Services.

How in an OTT landscape telcos can be challengers too

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Telcos are at the heart of digital innovation in industries such as media, banking and automotive, but are they lagging behind in the digital transformation of their own businesses? Is it really possible to do A while aggressively and boldly pursuing B? 

Of course, they are facing their own strategic challenges including increasing competition from mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) such as Go Mobile and Tesco Mobile. ...

By Paul Bowman, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Customer Service, Operators, OTT Services.

Are operators fully equipped for digital disruption in the telecoms business?

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Nowadays, digital disruption is a catchphrase touted in many boardrooms. It permeates all industries and changes many business ecosystems. So what is it and how does it impact the communications services business?

The scope of the telecom business has changed. Communications and connectivity have become deeply embedded in other value chains. Take Spotify or WhatsApp, for example, which are embedded in a mobile subscription, or a HBO package, which is embedded in a household broadband...

By Ville Syrjänen, 14 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Content, IoT, Operators, OTT Services.

Why more pay-TV providers in Europe are offering streaming video

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Streaming video entertainment services, such as those available from Netflix and Amazon, have already had a significant impact on the pay-TV sector in North America. As a result, European pay-TV operators that witnessed this disruption are eager to consider options that would enable them to transform their business.Amazon Video has announced it will be launching its Amazon Streaming Partners Program (ASPP) in Europe. Amazon operates a platform business model for video; it provides flexible video entertainment services to consumers and content rights holders, plus it's already present in...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content, OTT Services, Smart TV.