Over the top video revenue to reach $9.45bn in Europe

The total over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in Europe was up 51 percent in 2013 reaching $3.2 billion and is expected to grow a further 43 percent this year, according to the latest market study by Strategy Analytics.They predict that the majority of this new growth will occur within the online subscription VOD (SVOD) and ad-supported video business models, lifting the market above $9.45 billion by year-end 2018.The growth of OTT video suggests that the audience is shifting towards accessibility and availability over actual ownership of home videos on...

By David H. Deans, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, OTT Services.

Why is Skype forcing a software upgrade on all of us?

Today when I opened up my laptop and switched to Skype, I found that I had been logged out:

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The text in that image says: "We've signed you out because you're using an outdated version of Skype. Download the latest version now."

Now, to be clear, I wasn't using an ancient version of Skype. My laptop had version 6.3.0.602 from sometime in, say, March 2013 - so yes, it was over a year old, but the thing with Skype is that it has had a history of always "just working", which perhaps we as users have gotten used to.

Community outrage

In a Skype public chat in which I participate a number of other users said they'd been logged out - and looking in the Windows Skype community and Mac Skype community web forums I see MANY messages from people who are experiencing problems over the past week. The frustration is even visible in the Linux Skype community (a community Skype has often ignored), where a staff moderator posted last Friday, August 1, this message:

From today, users with Skype for Linux version 4.2 and older will not be able to sign in to Skype. The error messages user will see during sign in may include “Can’t Connect to Skype” or...

By Dan York, 08 August 2014, 20 comments. Categories: Consumers, OTT Services, VoiP.

Indian operators take a stand on OTT players undercutting their revenue

Telecom operators in India have challenged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to provide a more level playing field for traditional operators against OTT players, according to reports.

According to the Economic Times of India, at a seminar organised by TRAI on “Regulatory Framework for OTT Services”, Vodafone’s TV Ramachandran said: “We want some kind...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: India, Operators, OTT Services.

Why UltraViolet won't halt the Netflix phenomenon

It's already apparent to most video entertainment industry analysts -- fewer people are interested in owning physical media and the recent results of DVD and Blu-ray disc sales in mature markets is a leading indicator of this growing trend. Other key trends are also emerging.Netflix helped boost subscription services to nearly 40 percent of the UK over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment market. The worldwide OTT video market reached nearly $11 billion in 2013, of which Netflix is also a significant contributor in...

By David H. Deans, 11 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, OTT Services, Research, Smart TV.

Strand Consult: 2014 annus horribilis for telecom regulation

Amid the talk of IT growth in 2014, here’s a grim prediction for the coming year: Strand Consult predicts this year to be an “annus horribilis” for the telecom regulation industry.

In its yearly mobile telecom roundup note, the analyst firm has called out Europe as the problem area compared to the “strong leadership” of the US, adding that privacy, data protection and net neutrality...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

How to solve the second wave of mobile infrastructure

By Rajeev Tankha, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing at Oracle Communications

The fast pace of growth in the mobile devices market has seen consumers get closer than ever to their smartphones and tablets. A recent Gartner study suggested that tablet sales will increase by 70 per cent in the next year, and that over 2 billion smartphones will be in use globally by 2017.

These trends have placed more pressure than ever on Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to adopt full data networks to ensure the...

By Oracle Communications, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Operators, OTT Services.

Operators disagree on telco/OTT strategies #TTW

There's long since been an idea of collaboration between operators and OTT players. But some don't quite have that utopian view.

"Every day, every morning, every night, I'm thinking of how to compete with Fiber, Skype and WhatsApp," Giles Corbett, head of Libon at Orange, told the Telecoms Tech World audience in a lively debate. "I spend my time trying to compete with OTTs."

Orange's partnership with music provider Deezer was noted by all participants as an example of an OTT/operator success story, and...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Networks, Operators, OTT Services.

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.

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,”...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, MVNO, OTT Services, Research.

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...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

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...

By Matt Henkes, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Mobile, N America, OTT Services, VoiP, WiFi.