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 The app, which Facebook initially launched and then unpublished, is the latest from the social networking giant that represents a specialized function apart from Facebook's core app.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is considering a partnership with either AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US, though the company has no firm timeline yet for striking a deal.
AT&T announced a new, $500 million joint venture with The Chernin Group, a Hollywood production company for TV shows and movies, to target the over-the-top online video space--and AT&T specifically mentioned mobile as a key element in its efforts to expand into OTT online video.
It's no secret that over-the-top messaging providers like Viber, WhatsApp and Line are commanding an increasing share of mobile users' messaging traffic--a lead that has cut into operators' SMS revenues. Further, OTT players are rushing to expand their offerings to include movies, books and, in some cases, voice calling services. In response, European wireless operators are in the midst of finding ways to partner with OTT messaging providers in order to find some common ground.
Tango, the company behind the popular over-the-top messaging and social app of the same name, raised $280 million in new funding, mostly from the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. The new funding underscores the heightened interest in mobile messaging and OTT services, especially in the wake of Facebook's $19 billion deal to acquire WhatsApp.