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Apr, 2014

Are VoIP Apps a Threat to Mobile Service Providers?

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Over-the-top (OTT) VoIP services such as WhatsApp and Viber have become popular during the last few years. This popularity of OTT apps is fueled in part by the availability of low-cost smartphones and the emergence of cheap data plans. While users are happy with these new instant messaging services, telecom service providers are feeling the pinch. It is estimated that in India alone, telecom providers will lose roughly $3.1 million in text messaging revenue by 2016 as more people are likely to…
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Apr, 2014

Time to consider a virtual SIM?

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The SIM card – still a necessity or an archaic way to minimise a customer’s mobility. Last month, regulators in the Netherlands became the first worldwide to legalise network agnostic SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards, allowing stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem like device or M2M manufacturers to incorporate these SIMs into their devices. This could signal the start of a fundamental change in how the mobile industry utilises these unique pieces of hardware. The SIM card that…
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Apr, 2014

Microsoft Communications and Media Global Outlook 2014 - 2017

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Communications and Media Global Outlook 2014-2017 provides insight into the Microsoft and partner technologies that are being developed for communications and media companies to drive positive change and address new trends. Topics around mobile, cloud and the Internet of Things are covered in the technology roadmap and regional perspective sections of the guide. A comprehensive directory section also provides business information about some of the innovative technology suppliers in the…
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Mar, 2014

One Clear Measure of Telecom Market Change

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One measure of how much the telecom market has changed, in Western Europe and elsewhere, is market share.  Consider that former U.K. monopoly provider BT, which once had 100 percent share, supplies just 31 percent of all fixed network broadband connections.  In France, Orange has 41 percent share, while in Italy Telecom Italia has 51 percent share. Even in the mobile markets, the leading provider owned by the former monopoly provider, faces similar market share dynamics.  In the…
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Mar, 2014

Telco Capital Investment: Running Harder to Stay in Place

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Competition has negatively affected the potential return from any major capital investment in carrier networks. One recent illustration is a warning by Fitch Ratings that telcos will have to invest more network capital than they used to, just to maintain earnings where they are.  “While investment in data networks is still economically justified, weakening cash flows from traditional services means that telcos have to spend more capital simply to maintain EBITDA at the same…
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Feb, 2014

4 Wireless Industry Veterans Share 2014 Predictions

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It’s a good thing the Mayans got it wrong and the world didn’t end on Dec. 21st 2012, because 2013 introduced game-changing telecom trends with focus on network automation, cloud computing, small cells and big data.  Last year the wireless industry saw some pretty mind-blowing forecasts — from the SDN, NFV and network virtualization market growing to $4 billion in 2014 to Infonetics Research projecting the small cell market to hit $2.7 billion by 2017. In the third quarter…
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Feb, 2014

Generation of $20 Billion Seen By Mobile Operators from the Maturity of Internet Voice as "Carrier OTT"

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There is a new report out today from Juniper Research. The report is entitled “Future Voice Strategies: mVoIP, Carrier OTT and Mobile Video Calling 2014-2018.” This report finds that by the year 2018 mobile network operators will generate revenues that could go as high as $20 billion. This expected revenue will come through Internet based voice, or “carrier OTT” (Over The Top) strategies. We can expect to see this Internet voice revenue coming from new service…
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Jan, 2014

Report: VoLTE to Emerge Strong in 2014

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Suddenly, everyone seems to be getting serious about VoLTE; for what is considered to be a nascent technology, it does seem to be quickly gathering speed. At CES 2014, AT&T (News - Alert) kindled the VoLTE flame when it announced that it would introduce devices that can support HD voice and LTE-Advanced in 2014 –a clear indication that it means business. A report from Strategy Analytics (News - Alert) notes that this augurs well for the VoLTE market in 2014. But will VoLTE be…
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Jan, 2014

What to Expect from Mobile Tech and M2M in 2014

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Mobile technology has seen explosive growth during the last few years and this trend is likely to continue into 2014 as well.  As 2013 winds down, below are some trends to expect in the New Year with some insight from Jasper Wireless.   Internet of Things (IoT) The IoT is likely to become one of the biggest trends in 2014 across all industries. As more and more devices become connected, a lot of innovation is expected in this field. Already there are many applications that contribute…
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Dec, 2013

The Convergent Charging Market is Expected to Reach $4.2 billion in 2017, says Infonetics

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According to Infonetics Research's Convergent Charging Software and Services report, the convergent charging market is expected to reach $4.2 billion in 2017 with growth coming from an increase in licenses in emerging markets and services spending in developed markets. The report which tracks charging software built to handle multiple dimensions of convergence, says that the LTE network deployments are indirect drivers for convergent charging implementation, though it is…
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