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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.
South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has released figures stating that 4G accounts for 92% of all data traffic in the country.
Azerbaijani mobile CDMA operator Nakhtel is reportedly seeking a licence to provide GSM services in the country.
China Telecom is to test its 4G network in 40 cities across the country, extending its reach from 16 locations after receiving approval from regulators.
As SDN moves from tentative sandbox trial to real-life deployment, we put the spotlight on some of the carriers showing the way forward. In partnership with vendors, these players are helping to forge the networking services market of tomorrow.
EE has extended its 4G network in the UK to 13 new locations.