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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.
In November 2012, Capacity ran a report warning carriers that the talent pool for senior management in wholesale telecoms was running dry.
New Zealand’s 2degrees has expanded its 4G LTE network to Wellington in the country’s North Island.
UK-based cloud operator Interoute has today announced that M2M and IoT solutions provider Wyless has launched its Porthos Management platform across the Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC).
Huawei has partnered with Chinese data centre service provider 21Vianet for the deployment of a commercial SDN network in the country.
Global Capacity has entered an agreement to acquire the Network Services business unit of US service solutions provider MegaPath.
Ideas man Nick Clarke, GM of wholesale and international at Spark (formerly Telecom NZ), is using his philosophy to drive the company’s rebrand into the digital age.