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The OTT wake-up call: Why it’s time for operators to rise and shine

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Major OTT players like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Viber have become choice messaging services for consumers wanting low cost, global communication; creating an ecosystem where operators need to seriously consider which type of partnership or OTT integration models will enable them to drive revenue and sustain their business long term.

NFV should be about ‘Open IT with choices’

The road to the cloud

With long proprietary product cycles and tight regulatory standards restricting innovation and modernisation in the industry, the telecoms service provider model is at severe threat from agile internet-based service providers. Able to leverage new optimised processes and flexible infrastructure to provide similar services at a lower cost, these organisations can adapt to market demands and deliver new services rapidly.

Make or break for mobile

The cloud may be the answer

Discovering what needs to be done is often the easy part. The real challenge is finding out how to do it. This is certainly the case when it comes to searching for new revenue streams – the major preoccupation of most mobile operators following the shift to digital.

Carphone Warehouse reveals revolution in data management

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons are to merge

With retail operations in eight countries and a growing portfolio of telecommunications services, Carphone Warehouse is currently Europe’s largest independent mobile retail outfit. Paul Scullion, head of business intelligence at Carphone Warehouse explains how the company is using a combination of big data technologies to help improve retail customer service and eventually, help telcos improve their offerings.

What is this Internet of Things, thing?

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While we await a sensible use of the IoT, we are, for now, seemingly revelling in this brand new phenomenon that has, in fact, been bounced around for a couple of decades. Yep, that’s right, you may or may not know, but the notion of the Internet of Things isn’t new!

Messaging apps point the way for telco firms

Time for telcos to get the message

The birth of mobile, followed by smartphones and then tablets, which provided telecoms providers with their biggest boom in a century, now poses a threat to their growth and stability. This threat comes from the latest development in the smartphone story: communication apps.

Three UK talks data

Three is trying to navigate the sea of data

Arguably the most disruptive telco in the UK market today, Three UK is looking to leverage insights generated from its vast troves of network data in a bid to improve customer satisfaction and how the business caters to segmented customer needs, as well as derive incremental value from existing customers.

Today’s pricing in mobile and fixed-line networks is toxic

Toxic pricing can be a waste of profit

Revenue and profit sources of mobile and fixed-line network providers are under much more pressure than originally thought. Users are radically changing their behaviour, over-the-top (OTT) offers are highly competitive, and, most of all, non-future proof toxic price models are in place.

What are the 5G candidate technologies?

5G is already a pervasive theme, despite not yet being a defined standard

The LTE ecosystem gathered recently in Amsterdam to discuss the commercialization and future of mobile networks. As expected, 5G was a hot topic of discussion but there is still considerable confusion in the market regarding all of its aspects: technology, commercial opportunity, application in verticals, and many others.

Eyes on the price

All-you-can-eat pricing causes higher usage

LTE pricing is changing fast as the market matures. But while some operators are looking to employ elegant new charging models that draw on the sophistication LTE enables, others are still duking it out with least-cost options.

Secure in the Knowledge

Jonathan Olsson

Jonathan Olsson, responsible for security technology at the Ericsson CTO office, talks to Telecoms.com about the evolution of the security landscape, how this is affected by the move to LTE and why the firm is urging industry players to sign up to 3GPP’s SECAM security assurance standards.

Inventing the future

Contemplating the future

With 4G only just reaching commercial maturity 5G is still very much something that remains to be defined. But in this glimpse of the future MCI looks at the access and core technologies that may shape the industry of tomorrow.

Carta Blanco: NFV at Telefónica

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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is set to become one of the defining trends of the era in the mobile network. Spanish incumbent Telefónica is the first operator to lay out its approach to NFV and its plans are both detailed and aggressive. Mike Hibberd met with Global CTO Enrique Blanco ahead of Telefónica’s NFV announcement, to learn of the changes in store.

Designing the digital dividend: Africa earmarks 700MHz band

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The details for global digital dividend spectrum allocation won’t be finalised until 2015 but Africa is the first region to cohesively earmark 700MHz bandwidth freed up by the transition to digital for future telecoms services.

Expanding horizons: LTE in Africa establishes foothold

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The mobile broadband revolution is underway in Africa as WCDMA gathers momentum and LTE establishes an early foothold. Competition in many markets is intense but new players are not deterred from pursuing fresh opportunities afforded by the next wave of growth in the region.

Africa gets smart: continent prepares for device revolution

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Africa’s mobile market has largely been characterised by demand for low-cost prepaid feature phones. However, this is beginning to change as the cost of technology gradually declines and handset manufacturers operating in Africa are now preparing for a smartphone revolution in the coming years.

One to watch: Pay TV in Africa

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The pay TV market is starting to gather momentum in parts of Africa and the companies involved are working to create consumption and business models that reflect the region’s unique infrastructure footprint.

All aboard the LTE Seoul train

SKT launched LTE in July 2011 and within 18 months had seen 37 per cent of its user base migrate to the technology

South Korea is one of the world’s most advanced mobile markets, with all three operators running LTE and the race to LTE-A already underway. It serves as an interesting pilot for the promises and pitfalls many other operators will experience in the future.

Level Up: LTE Release 12

Level Up!

LTE must be evolved to keep pace with the huge forecast growth in demand for capacity and the need for service enhancement.

VoLTE: Changing the Conversation

Voice is a 130 year old product that has seen little innovation in its lifespan

The story of LTE may be all about data, but voice remains a lucrative, core service for mobile operators. Bringing voice services to LTE is far from straightforward, with numerous choices to be made and challenges faced.

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