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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.
It is incumbent on the board to act when shareholder value is at risk. But greater visibility, understanding and collaboration are necessary when fraud or cybersecurity are concerned.
Huawei has today announced plans to step up its procurement spending in Europe, as part of its investment strategy in the region.
Chinese vendor ZTE has partnered with China Telecom to develop the carrier’s eMBMS system, running on a hybrid 4G LTE network.
Telefónica has partnered with innovation developer VLX Ventures with the intention of investing in startup companies across Israel.
US carrier Verizon has distanced itself from rumours that it is interested in acquiring América Móvil assets in Mexico.
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) will spend $3.69 billion (Rp 45 trillion) in 2015 on a national broadband plan, according to the Investor Daily.