OTT messaging: to have or not to have?

Telecom Innovations – Services & Products
Published: 2013-01-29

In most of advanced mobile markets, currently, telcos face a difficult dilemma: how to minimise the impact of OTT messaging apps. One of the possible strategies is a partnership with OTT messaging app providers with revenue sharing agreements for paid contents. One of the key benefits of this strategy, that we called “sleeping with the enemy”, is that OTT providers already have a significant user base that can be tap...

American Smartphone users drive LTE usage

Teleseeq Interactive Dataroom
Published: 2013-01-29

According to Verizon, nearly 50% of Verizon’s data traffic flowed already through its LTE service by end-2012, compared to 35% in the previous quarter. As LTE handsets allegedly accounted to 23% of the total base, an increase of 7% compared to the previous quarter (16%), this means that LTE smartphone users have a higher usage as compared to the remaining subscribers. Accordingly, also AT&T has reported an increase ...

Telcos hope to keep mobile voice alive

Telecom Innovations – Services & Products
Published: 2013-01-29

In a bid to mitigate declining mobile voice revenues, telcos such as AT&T and Orange launch strategies to keep traditional mobile voice usage alive. AT&T has recently launched a program (AT&T Call Management API program) that hopes to encourage developers to create applications that utilises mobile phone numbers. One offshoot of this program is myaNUMBER, a mobile application geared towards family members wherein a user...

Handset makers gear up for future patent wars and intensify patent acquisitions

Telecom Innovations – Services & Products
Published: 2013-01-29

Recently, large technology firms such as Apple, HTC, and Samsung have been acquiring patents speculated to be used as ammunition against potential patent litigations. Patents related to wireless technologies (Bluetooth, LTE, WiFi, etc.) are the main targets of these companies. For instance, Apple bought 1 024 patents related to LTE and other wireless technologies from Rockstar Consortium - a patent holding company consist...

Mobile broadband gains ground

Monitoring Service
Published: 2013-01-29

At the end of the year 2012, 1 out of 4 broadband accesses in Europe (EU-27 including Norway and Switzerland) was a mobile broadband connection (USB modems and datacards only). This means that mobile broadband reached a penetration per household of about 22%, up by 2.6 percentage points from the year before. Despite mobile broadband is growing, in most of the European countries the penetration of fixed broadband is still ...

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