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Reader Forum: Technology blog – boomers and bandwidth (Pt. 2)

Baby boomers may not be as young as they once were, but their bandwidth demands match those of younger generations and service providers should be aware. Age-of-use is becoming an outdated concept and ease-of-use will be the future trend, according to...

Reader Forum: Overcoming OTT pressures in Latin America

OTT services have shown strong adoption across Latin America, which is changing the competitive dynamic for telecom operators across the region Telecommunications operators have long ruled the market in Latin America, and the situation in the past has been described as near monopolistic. However, over...

Huawei: Telcos need to compete with challenges from OTT players

Vendor said operators need to focus on user experience to compete with OTT players HONG KONG – In a keynote speech at Huawei’s Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Ryan Ding, president of products and solutions at Huawei, said telecom operators need to focus on the user...

Microsoft leaks Wi-Fi hot spot strategy

Microsoft Wi-Fi will include 10M hot spots in 130 countries It looks like Microsoft may have accidentally leaked details of a planned worldwide Wi-Fi network reportedly comprised of some 10 million Wi-Fi hot spots in 130 countries. Details of the plan were briefly available on June...

Reality Check: Just who exactly is using Skype for Business?

No Jitter’s recent research sheds some light on Skype’s initiative into the business communication arena, known as Skype for Business, previously Microsoft Lync. The study reveals that 90% of Skype for Business adopters voted it as a better solution than their traditional PBX systems. The...

Skype launches mobile video chat (RCR Mobile Minute)

Skype has launched a new mobile video chat service to encourage users to "capture the moment" and share it with friends. The service is called "Qik" (pronounced 'quick') and videos created with Qik can be up to 42 seconds long. In comparison, Vine creates...

VoLTE testing for quality of experience

Signals Research Group and Spirent Communications recently collaborated on voice over LTE (VoLTE) testing that highlighted the differences between 3G wireless networks and VoLTE. This is the latest in a years-long collaboration between the two companies, which have tested topics related to how accurate smartphones'...

Reality Check: Is distance really dead?

We have seen many changes in the telecoms industry since then. Arguably, the most revolutionary in the United States are the recent pricing changes by

Reality Check: A changing telecom ecosystem – competing against non-traditional players

Convergence in telecommunications is blurring the traditional lines between competitors and collaborators. Communications service providers today face not only traditional foes, but also new

Telecom Software Weekly Wrap-Up: U.S. Cellular fixes billing glitch; Skype costs operators $100M per day

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Telecom Software weekly wrap-up where we gather top telecom software news stories for the week: U.S. Cellular is working with its billing company Amdocs to fix glitches that caused multiple inaccurate bills for customers and other errors. Actix rolled...

Reader Forum: OTT providers and the future of the telco industry

French electronic communications regulator ARCEP recently asked prosecutors to investigate that question after a failure by Microsoft’s Skype unit to

Reality Check: The mobile services endgame

The mobile industry is very dynamic, has experienced major growth in subscriber counts over the last decade, and has witnessed fundamental changes in the very nature of mobile communications over

Analysts like Microsoft Messenger replacement for Skype

Microsoft announced earlier this week that the company is dropping its "Messenger" product and replacing it with Skype, which it acquired last year, for its online chat service. In a blog post, Microsoft said "Skype and Messenger are coming together, and that by updating...

Analyst Angle: 3 Group shows the way for carriers to partner with OTTs

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Analyst Angle. We’ve collected a group of the industry’s leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry. Three Group has often been ahead of the curve when it comes to taking innovative services...

Skype inks deal for direct carrier billing

Skype, the voice-over-IP service that carriers once viewed as a major threat, is emerging as a possible source of incremental revenue for operators.

Reality Check: Let’s hear it for voice

The disruption that the advent of Skype caused to telecoms operators was initially viewed as a challenge to the fixed line market – to international calls from landlines.

Reality Check: Operators vs. OTT

We never thought we’d see a parallel between wireless operators and team sports, but today that parallel seems highly appropriate.

Velti to acquire Mobile Interactive Group

For the second time in two months, mobile marketing powerhouse Velti PLC (Nasdaq: VELT) has announced a strategic acquisition, saying it will buy Europe's fastest-growing private technology company, Mobile Interactive Group. The purchase will make Velti the world's largest mobile marketing company based on revenue and customers.

Capital Markets: Amdocs acquires Bridgewater; Slim's stake in the Times; and more

Amdocs, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Bridgewater Systems Corporation, provider of policy management and network control solutions. The transaction is valued at approximately CAD$211 million, or CAD$139 million net of Bridgewater's cash as of June 30, 2011. Read more.Vector Capital...

Skype buys GroupMe messaging service for $85 million

VoIP firm Skype has reportedly paid $85 million for smartphone group text messaging service GroupMe, to put itself on competitive footing with rival messaging services from RIM, Apple and others.

Reader Forum: With LTE, is video the new voice?

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reader Forum section. In an attempt to broaden our interaction with our readers we have created this forum for those with something meaningful to say to the wireless industry. We want to keep this as open as possible,...

Analyst Angle: Why tablets don’t kill the laptop

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Analyst Angle. We've collected a group of the industry's leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry. I’ve heard predictions lately that the emergence of the tablet will most certainly kill off...

Reality Check: Sprint Nextel’s path to success

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace. It was a morbid week for Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) and Clearwire Corp. (CLWR), no doubt about...

Reality Check: There’s always a higher gear

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace. This week, we begin with a quote from the new CEO of Verizon Communications Inc., Lowell McAdam: “…We...

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