The MVNO Revolution – Are You Ready To Be Virtualized?
Churn is a constant threat and a constant opportunity depending on which side of the fence you happen to be sitting. In some markets customers are switching providers in their droves. Consider Australia, where a whopping 46 percent of customers churned in the last three years. Nearly half of those who churned in the last year went to Mobile Virtual…Read more
Are VoIP Apps a Threat to Mobile Service Providers?
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.…Read more
Time to consider a virtual SIM?
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…Read more
Microsoft Communications and Media Global Outlook 2014 - 2017
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…Read more
One Clear Measure of Telecom Market Change
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…Read more
Telco Capital Investment: Running Harder to Stay in Place
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…Read more
4 Wireless Industry Veterans Share 2014 Predictions
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…Read more
Generation of $20 Billion Seen By Mobile Operators from the Maturity of Internet Voice as "Carrier OTT"
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…Read more
Report: VoLTE to Emerge Strong in 2014
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…Read more
What to Expect from Mobile Tech and M2M in 2014
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…Read more