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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.
Ooredoo subsidiary Indosat has launched 4G services in Indonesia, claiming to offer speeds of up to 185Mbps.
Capacity Asia day 3 – Thailand’s Advanced Info Service (AIS) has announced plans to invest 60 billion baht (approximately $1.8 billion) in the first stage of its 4G project in 2015, according to local reports.
Capacity Asia day 2 – Pacnet scooped the award for best Asian wholesale carrier at the recent Global Carrier Awards 2014. Jim Fagan, president of managed services, explains how the carrier has used software-defined networking (SDN) to bolster its offering.
Indonesian mobile operator Telkomsel has entered an agreement with Jasper to provide IoT and M2M services to businesses across Indonesia.
5G is in sight and the industry has set itself a very ambitious target. Kavit Majithia reports.
Capacity Asia day 1 – NTT Communications took the awards for best North American wholesale carrier and global wholesale data carrier at the Global Carrier Awards. Michael Wheeler, EVP and head of the global IP network business, explains the secrets of the company’s success in the wholesale arena.