Facebook's $16 billion deal for over-the-top messaging service WhatsApp likely will not have a major impact on U.S. carriers and other Western operators because most have begun offering unlimited voice and text messaging. However, the action could put pressure on carriers in emerging markets, according to industry analysts.
With Satya Nadella now officially Microsoft's new CEO, the tech world is now looking intently at his plans for the company, especially for how it will tackle the mobile market. At the same time, Nadella and the wider Microsoft organization will need to figure out what roles internal candidates who were passed over for the CEO spot will play in the Nadella era.
Skype continues to outpace traditional voice providers in the international telephony market segment as its traffic rose 36 percent, to 214 billion minutes in 2013, says TeleGeography in a new report.
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.