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.
The lines between network operator and OTT communications provider blurred further this week as Telefónica O2 UK partnered with cloud-based messaging and voice software developer Nexmo. Nexmo writes the underlying APIs that power the likes of Viber, Line and Kakao Talk.
Google has acquired a Californian startup which created a highly praised rich messaging application featuring a full fledged personal assistant along the lines of Apple’s Siri. Emu, which was started by veterans of Apple and Google, will be short lived however. The app only launched a few months ago and Google has confirmed it will be shut down later this month.
The operator push to reclaim status in messaging services has received impetus in China where China Telecom has launched its own proprietary instant messaging application dubbed YiChat.
Joby Babu, COO, Nimbuzz is taking part in a debate ‘Analysing the App Opportunity’ on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his perspectives on the relationship between OTTs and carriers.
Since the launch of Skype in 2003, over-the-top (OTT) service providers have been successful in convincing subscribers to opt for their perceived to be free offerings, at the expense of operators’ voice and SMS services.
Canadian firm BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) plans to make its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) application available on iOS and Android platforms later this year.
Mobile data and messaging services provider Acision has offered a first peek of its cloud services delivery model, to go live in October, following the Software as a Service (SaaS) approach to allow rapid and cost effective responses to changing technology developments.
South Korean handset manufacturer Samsung aims to build on the success of over the top messaging apps, with the release of its own cross platform service, ChatOn.
Social networking giant Facebook has taken the wraps off Facebook Messenger, a dedicated mobile messaging application which will compete with Blackberry Messenger and over the top offerings like WhatsApp, as well as SMS.
Finnish giant Nokia continues to divest of non-core assets with the announcement that it is to offload its operator branded messaging business to Synchronica.
Social networking giant Facebook expanded its communications offering late Monday, seeking to position itself as an aggregator of content across all messaging mediums.
Mobile messaging firms Mirapoint Software and Critical Path have merged operations, delivering messaging, security and archiving solutions to enterprises and service providers around the world.
Mobile messaging provider Synchronica has acquired Canadian firm iseemedia for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition expands Synchronica’s reach into India, where iseemedia’s customers include mobile operators Tata and Reliance Communications and ISP Indiatimes Mail. The company has also developed document streaming technology, which it claims reduces bandwidth consumption when downloading email attachments by up to 90 per cent, whcih will be integrated into Synchronica’s Mobile Gateway.
The range of messaging options available to the end user is growing fast, especially as messaging functionality has become integrated into applications like social networks. But rather than try to compete with the latest online service providers, perhaps operators should return to their roots and rediscover the potential of age-old technologies like SMS.
Mobile Communications international August 2010
Shared Roots: The growing interest in deep network sharing.
Healthy business: Enthusiasm for m-health services is on the up.
Message Management: How operators can keep their place in mobile messaging.
Mobile messaging firm Syniverse this week announced plans to acquire the messaging unit of US tech and security company VeriSign for $175m in cash.
Does the march of mobile instant messaging and email sound the death knell for text messaging?
Issue 140 April 2007
MNOs’ fixed plays: Carriers are increasingly turning to fixed operations as a means of boosting their portfolios.
Ron Resnick: Chairman of the WiMAX Forum, Resnick talks to MCI about his plans for deployment of mobile WiMAX.