AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US entered into an agreement with 45 states to stop billing customers for premium SMS messages they receive. Verizon Wireless is not part of the settlement but said that it too will discontinue the practice.
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.
Despite widespread concerns among government and privacy experts about the way mobile apps collect and manage users' information, 80 percent of respondents to a research study from mBlox said they would share location data to receive SMS or push notifications.
The market for 2.5G Gigabit passive optical network equipment totaled $1.4 billion in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), emerging economies that are seeing solid growth in the GPON segment.
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.
Consumers across the globe will send 41 billion over-the-top mobile messages per day by the end of 2013, compared to an average of 19.5 billion peer-to-peer SMS, according to a new forecast issued by research firm Informa Telecoms & Media.
First Facebook, then Google: WhatsApp seems to be the developer that's generating takeover rumors the way its users generate text messages.
New research from Analysys Mason claims the pricing of IP messaging using cross-platform apps or platform-specific services such as Apple's iMessage is clearly more attractive in comparison with operator-provided SMS.
The global LTE market will more than double between next year and 2014 as operators roll out LTE networks, according to a new report from research firm Yankee Group.
Spain's three largest operators are banding together to launch rich communication services (RCS) in an effort to compete with OTT providers such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp.