Businesses that buy Comcast's cloud-based VoiceEdge product will be able to make "HD-quality" video calls using apps it has developed for Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets, the company said Thursday.
Recent developments in the over-the-top (OTT) messaging arena indicate that operators are still trying to establish the best way of approaching this somewhat tricky area. That they have to find a way to deal with competing OTT players such as Apple, WhatsApp, Skype and others is now well established because of the impact on revenue, but clearly it's far from easy to chart a course in the OTT waters.
SK Telecom's ongoing success with VoLTE adoption prompted Infonetics Research to up its 2013 VoLTE forecast, which now calls for 12 commercial VoLTE networks and 8 million VoLTE subscribers by year-end, with about three-quarters of those in Asia Pacific.
Operators would not be allowed to block or throttle VoIP and messaging services such as Skype if planned net neutrality rules are adopted across the European Union by next Easter.
Microsoft continued its push for a larger role in living room entertainment with its new game console and entertainment center, Xbox One. The company described the device as a single device for providing all entertainment and communications bound for the living room TV set, from online video to games and traditional TV.
Operators are well aware of the threat that OTT presents, although some of their views--for example, that subscribers only use OTT apps because they are cheap--may be slightly off kilter. Nevertheless, if operators are still in any doubt about the severity of the threat, two reports this week provided some stark figures to illustrate how big a threat OTT is set to become.
French prosecutors are going to investigate Microsoft's Skype's unit at the behest of telecoms regulator Arcep, which accused Skype of failing to register as a telecoms operator.
BARCELONA, Spain--The CEOs of two of the world's largest mobile operators explained how they have been responding to the threat of over-the-top service providers like Skype, WhatsApp and others. They also bemoaned regulatory rules they said have hindered their ability to quickly respond to market changes and build lasting business models.
Microsoft's Skype unit grew its international traffic by 44 percent in 2012, more than twice the volume growth achieved by all the phone companies in the world combined, according to a report from TeleGeography. The report found that global Skype usage is now equivalent to over one-third of all international phone traffic, Skype's highest level ever.
International telephone traffic may have grown at a rate of 5 percent in 2012 to 490 billion minutes, but the increasing presence of Skype and other OTT providers poses challenges for traditional long distance providers.