Including more Internet companies in the GSMA membership would get the carriers out of an insular mindset that treats over-the-top players as enemies. On the flipside, social networking and media distribution companies would benefit from having a seat at the table with wireless carriers.
TIA 2013 may be an offshoot of the Supercomm event, but this show is nothing like its predecessor. FierceTelecom chronicles the top trends that dominated discussion.
Many media reports over the last 12 months have presented a picture that OTT messaging apps are cannibalizing SMS use and that carriers are losing billions in SMS revenue. But Portio Research has found this to not be completely true. It is true that some SMS markets, including the U.S. market, have peaked and shifted into a decline phase, and growth in some other markets has leveled off, but many other SMS markets around the world are still enjoying solid growth.
Home automation providers including Verizon are increasingly partnering with other broadband service providers to reach customers outside their market footprint, a new study from Infonetics Research says.
Sprint and AT&T Mobility both appear to be preparing their networks for a launch of RCS-based messaging services, which the GSMA and some European carriers are promoting through the "joyn" brand. However, it remains unclear exactly how Sprint and AT&T will launch their respective services, and whether they too will offer them under the "joyn" brand.
The number of broadband-enabled households using streaming media devices like Roku or Apple TV stands at 14 percent, double that of 2011.
Pay-TV providers have spent a lot of time trying to fight over-the-top video and the consumer electronics industry's moves to enable these services via so-called "smart TVs," but they have realized consumers now have multiple options to get the content they want.
Although smartphone penetration is still growing in many markets in Europe and the United States, carriers will need to get increasingly creative to get those remaining non-smartphone users to convert over to smartphones, which have higher average revenue per user, according to a new study by Analysys Mason.
We may all be sick of the phrase "dumb pipe"--as in, "how do operators avoid becoming one?"--but that doesn't mean the question has necessarily been resolved. If anything, operators are more concerned than ever about how to remain relevant as the over-the-top (OTT) players continue to broaden their scope.
Over-the-top messaging apps are growing both in number and the volume of messages they produce, and are continuing to cut into traditional carrier revenue streams. Yet the OTT market is maturing and facing fresh challenges. FierceMobileContent delves into all of the issues facing the OTT market in this new special report.