Japanese retailer and e-commerce company Rakuten, which owns Kobo e-readers and online retailer Play.com, is acquiring Viber Media and its popular Viber over-the-top messaging service for $900 million.
The mobile market in Central and Eastern Europe is evolving more quickly than expected and operators need to be alert to the over-the-top (OTT) threat, said Analysys Mason in a new report.
More than half of smartphone owners worldwide are already active users of over-the-top (OTT) messaging apps, and there are no signs of the market slowing, according to a new study from Analysys Mason.
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China Telecom has teamed up with Netease to launch a new social instant messaging (IM) service that will take on WeChat, the popular and disruptive IM app from Tencent.
Operators stand to lose more than $3 billion (€2.3 billion) in mobile messaging revenues will be lost to operators between 2012 and 2017 as consumers are attracted to use over-the-top messaging services, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.
Telefonica Germany claims a new range of mobile tariffs announced at the Mobile World Congress will revolutionize the market, by focusing solely on data revenues instead of voice and SMS.
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MetroPCS today launched Rich Communication Services under the GSMA's joyn brand. The effort is an attempt by the carrier to enhance its messaging offerings and counter the rise of over-the-top communications services like WhatsApp, Apple's iMessage and Facebook's Messenger.