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05 February 2013
An unintended consequence of network innovation is that it opens the floodgates to as many threats as it does opportunities – just ask mobile operators struggling to make the economics of 4G investment stack up in a world where OTT players proliferate. Richard Irving assesses the prospects for wholesale operators.
Which of the following telling developments is most likely
to set the agenda in wholesale telecoms?
News that WhatsApp, the almost-free over-the-top (OTT)
messaging service is now handling more than 10 billion texts a
day - a 10-fold increase in a year?
Confirmation that Google is trialing a new technology called
WebRTC (short for web-based real time communications) - an
application that could turn telephony on its head by embedding
voice services in internet browsers?
Or the revelation that Eddy Cue should be able to wangle
cut-price tyres next time he takes his sports car in for a
service? If you are unfamiliar with the name, then let me
Cue is the rising star of Apple - head of the company's
internet software and services division, driving force (no pun
intended) behind the launch of the hugely successful iPad mini
and chief executive Tim Cook's all-round Mr Fix-It.
Telefónica has selected Nokia Networks to provide radio access equipment and services as part of its network upgrade to 4G across Spain.
Companies wishing to invest in rural parts of Canada have been invited to lay claim to approximately $284 million of government spending over the next three years to upgrade internet access in parts of the country.
China Mobile has revealed plans to install over 500,000 4G base stations by the end of 2014.
Australian operators Optus and Telstra are launching 700MHz 4G trial networks across Australia.
Eric Cevis, Verizon’s new president of global wholesale, has been tasked with leading the struggling segment back to growth. Is he up to the challenge?
Thailand’s military government has announced that its suspended 4G auction will now be held in July 2015.