The over-the-top era is fully coming into view in the pay-TV market. It is an emerging, slimmed-down, lower-cost, digitally focused set of alternatives that operators hope will bring a legion of millennial-generation pay-TV holdouts into the fold. Special report.
Google is reportedly planning to use India as a testing ground for a new over-the-top mobile messaging app that will likely launch in 2015.
The FCC voted to require all wireless carriers and certain over-the-top messaging providers support text-to-911 services by the end of the year. However, only a tiny number of 911-answering centers across the country currently support text-to-911 service, and wireless carriers are worried that too many OTT messaging apps will be exempted from the rules because of technical concerns.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US think that over-the-top messaging application providers should be solely responsible for complying with any requirements the FCC places on the apps to support text-to-911 procedures. Not surprisingly, they argued that wireless carriers should not be involved in ensuring OTT compliance.
The FCC is expected to mandate that all wireless carriers and over-the-top messaging providers offer text-to-911 services, but it's unclear when that mandate will go into effect.
More and more operators are embracing partnerships with over-the-top application providers and are seeing their revenue increase and churn fall as a result, according to a new report from mobile service optimization and charging company Allot Communications.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is expanding its business internationally, and has inked a deal to ride on the network of KPN's Belgian subsidiary BASE as part of a wider strategy to move into Europe and other markets. FreedomPop plans to expand to the UK, Germany, France, Spain and the Pacific Rim by brokering deals with additional carrier partners in the future.
ORLANDO, Fla.—Genband has devoted much of its stage time at its Perspectives 14 summit to one of its favorite topics, WebRTC, exploring the status of the real-time communications framework that has potential in myriad use cases, according to the company.
ORLANDO, Fla.--Genband CEO David Walsh used his Perspectives 14 conference keynote address to lend some perspective on what Genband is doing to remain relevant these days--and he vows the company will help its customers win in the race to the top.
Facebook is preparing to launch a new application called Slingshot that features messages that disappear quickly, similar to Snapchat. The app, which Facebook initially launched and then unpublished, is the latest from the social networking giant that represents a specialized function apart from Facebook's core app.