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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.
Ghana operator Surfline Communications has launched the country’s first 4G data network in partnership with French vendor Alcatel-Lucent.
SingTel has partnered with Samsung and Ericsson to launch the world’s first 300Mbps 4G LTE-A service for smartphones.
Private equity firm Ridgemont Equity Partners has acquired a majority interest in US dark fibre provider Cross River Fiber.
UK operator Vodafone is facing pressure to cut its high tariffs for 4G mobile broadband or it risks pricing itself out of the market.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has partnered with service provider Pioneer Cellular to deploy a 4G LTE overlay network in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas in Midwestern US.
He's never happier than when he's got his hands covered in motor oil. So what is Neil McRae going to make of a clean, well-ordered world where everything is seamlessly driven by software? Guy Matthews interviews BT's chief network architect.