Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Openwave Mobility to discuss developments in cloud-based services and NFV

REDWOOD CITY, USA & CTIA SUPER MOBILITY WEEK, LAS VEGAS, USA: Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile data, announced that its CEO, John Giere, will speak at the 2014 CTIA's Super Mobility Week on 9th September on experiences from delivering virtual cloud-based services.

The company's VP of Product Management, Marketing, and Strategy, Indranil Chatterjee, will discuss the interrelation and differences between SDN and NFV at the event. Indranil will also be speaking on a panel on the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), a White House initiative to improve the privacy, security, and convenience for cyberspace identities.

John Giere will discuss new ways to monetize cloud services through video consumption plans, differentiated customer care, and NFV. Research has found that nearly all consumers and companies are moving part, if not all, of their personal and business data to cloud-based infrastructures.

McKinsey & Co, claims that 80 percent of large companies (companies that have up to 1,000 employees) in North America are either looking at using cloud services or already have. Giere will highlight the key experiences and learning points from deploying network applications in the cloud including video optimization and content filtering.

Facebook and WhatsApp deal under scrutiny

ENGLAND: The European Commission has begun its investigation into the Facebook-WhatsApp deal as requested by Facebook itself. The EC has requested feedback on the deal from key regulators, mobile operators and OTT players.

Neha Dharia, senior analyst, Consumer Services, Ovum, said that The European Commission (EC) has begun its investigation into Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. This investigation has been requested by Facebook itself to ensure an uninterrupted functioning of the service post the acquisition throughout Europe.

Approaching the EC has allowed Facebook to address any concerns at a macro level rather than deal with similar queries across multiple markets within Europe. As a part of its investigation the EC has approached telecom operators, regulators and even Facebook’s competitors for feedback on the deal. The findings of the probe will be taken into account and a decision on the deal (or whether there is a need for further investigation) will be out by the first week of October. Facebook is hopeful to complete the acquisition this year though the permissible deadline for completion has been pushed to August 2015.

Meanwhile in the US, the Federal Trade Commission has already given the deal the go ahead, however it has emphasized the need for WhatsApp to maintain its current privacy level and protect customer data after objection raised by privacy protection organization EPIC.

Ovum does not expect the deal to face much trouble due to this investigation but expects further guidelines around personal data protection for WhatsApp users.  WhatsApp needs to ensure that personal data is protected at all times, as any misuse or leakage of data could cause WhatsApp to lose its market leader status to strong competitors such as Line and WeChat that are not too far behind. The feedback requested by the EC deals with topics such as the impact of the deal on consumer choice, innovation and the impact on traditional services such as SMS and voice calls.

Ovum estimates that services such as WhatsApp have cannibalized SMS revenue by over $32.5 billion globally in 2013. WhatsApp is also set to release its much awaited voice calling service which was due to release in Q2 2014. The introduction of voice calling will have a negative impact on operator voice calling revenue as it will be introduced to WhatsApp’s 600 million strong active user base. Ovum expects regulatory intervention around this in several markets where mobile VoIP is currently not popular.

M2M market will reach $66 billion by 2019

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Telcos need to better flaunt their ability to transport, collect and aggregate large amounts of information to grasp a bigger share of the rising machine-to-machine (M2M) opportunity, says Ovum.

The latest forecast from the world’s largest telecom analyst firm projects that the cellular M2M market will bring in a total of $252 billion for the 2015–19 period, presenting an attractive revenue opportunity for operators that choose to invest in their existing capabilities.

Ovum’s cellular M2M forecast* foresees global connections growing 162 percent over the next five years to reach 530 million. Asia and Oceania will have the most connections (over 200 million by 2019), followed by Europe and the Americas.

According to Ovum, operator revenue share of the total cellular M2M market stands to rise to $25 billion by 2019. As of 2013 operator revenue was largely comprised of managed connectivity (43 percent) and network-level data transport (36 percent). However, with figures anticipating the largest revenue opportunity to be within other layers (integration is expected to account for almost 50 percent of total M2M revenue in 2019), operators need to look beyond connectivity to reap the bigger rewards.

“Over the past few years, as the hype around Internet of Things has taken off – driven by some wildly exaggerated forecasts – we’ve seen operators take a gentle approach to M2M. Staying within their main expertise, most have taken on management of the connectivity layer, yet as conventional wisdom tells us, only minor returns will be made here,” says Jamie Moss, senior analyst at Ovum.

“Instead, operators need to leverage their other capabilities, namely their ability to aggregate large amounts of data around their customers. We’re seeing device and application management become the new focus in M2M, and the ability to collect vast amounts of data will be of considerable value. Data itself has intrinsic worth, but it is the business decisions made based on the aggregation and analysis of that data that are the greatest source of value for enterprises and their connected service provider partners.”

As the M2M opportunity continues to develop, so will the business models that operators are adopting to gain a greater share of the revenue. Ovum’s research into the cellular M2M market has highlighted five key models. Some operators are developing end-to-end services internally as an offshoot of their own supply chain needs. Others are crafting bespoke, end-to-end solutions for individual enterprise partners, although this remains the exception.

An increasingly common strategy involves outsourcing to acquire M2M specialisation, which is being done in three ways. Some operators have acquired dedicated M2M service providers to own that intellectual property, resell those services into other markets and use the assets acquired to develop new services. Others have partnered with specialists from other markets, working in unison to deliver connected, value-added variants of existing services. Lastly, some operators have opted to license suites of third-party M2M services from aggregators.

“Ultimately M2M is all about the enterprise partner (not ‘customer’) of the operator. M2M is a market with unique dynamics, where the aim of the operator is to become embedded in the long-term business strategy of the enterprise, not to simply be their current service provider. In order for the M2M market to realise its potential, operators must educate enterprises in the utility that connectivity brings. Enterprises should never have to become experts in connectivity, however, as that knowledge is part and parcel of the managed service that the operator must provide for them,” concludes Moss.

Maxx Mobile launches MX200 phone with power battery

INDIA: Maxx Mobile, one of India’s largest brands of mobile phones and accessories has launched a new feature phone, the MX200 with a 5200mAh battery in the Power House category.

Maxx Mobile designed this handset to cost just Rs. 1,848/- (online price), but offers exciting features such as long lasting battery life, a powerful torch and rugged body for all terrain weather conditions.

The MX200 comes with a 2.4 inches screen, and extra powerful 5200 mAH battery giving 10-11 hours of talktime which is best suited for areas with increased power cuts. It can be used as a powerbank to charge other mobiles. Taking a closer look at the technical specifications of the phone, it has an expandable memory upto 8 GB, digital camera, dual SIM support and 3 languages to choose from -English, Hindi and Gujarati.

It also supports Bluetooth, GPRS, FM Radio and multimedia capabilities like video recorder and player, audio player etc. It is available in 2 colors, full black and orange with black.  MX100 is available online at Infibeam at a price of Rs.1,571/- and MX 200 at Rs.1,848/-. It will soon be available on other portals also.

Aculab announces series of workshops on fresh approach to telephony application development

MILTON KEYNES, UK: Aculab, a leading provider of deployment proven telephony products to the global communications market, today announced a series of workshops designed to help telephony application developers do more for less effort and reduce the time to market for new solutions. 
Aculab has a deep understanding of the challenges and concerns faced by developers in today’s rapidly changing market. In an effort to deliver its message to as many developers and telephony professionals as possible, Aculab is embarking on a global tour.

Between October 2014 and February 2015, Aculab’s hands-on code-in-the-whole workshops will be stopping off at 17 worldwide locations, from the golden sands of Dubai to the Golden Gate Bridge and from the catwalks of Milan to the canals of Amsterdam. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lava unveils ‘Made for selfies’ smartphone Iris X5

NEW DELHI, INDIA: LAVA International Ltd announced the launch of LAVA Iris X5, as the successor of its hugely popular Iris X1. The smartphone is a perfect combination of superlative camera performance and a graceful design. The phone is especially designed to meet the needs of the selfie generation.  Running on Android 4.4 KitKat, the Lava Iris X5 with its brilliant features and design is a real treat at a price of Rs. 8,799.

The Lava Iris X5 has a  5.0 MP BSI+ Auto Focus Front Shooter with LED Flash for low-light imaging that enables clicking perfect selfies with extraordinary detailing at any given time of the day. It comes laden with a wide-viewing angle shot which allows users to capture pictures up to 84 degree with the front camera. In addition to this, the phone has an 8.0 MP Auto-Focus rear camera with exceptional imaging quality, making LAVA X5 a must have for all the shutterbugs.

The smartphone offers a great viewing experience with its 5’’ HD (1280 * 720) IPS Full Lamination LCM rich display that produces sharp images. The In-plane Switching (IPS) etched in the phone enhances color reproduction resulting in a bright display.

The Iris X5 is powered by 1.2 GHz Quad Core and 1 GB RAM that promises seamless application performance and multitasking, supported by a 2100mAh battery providing ample back up for multimedia payback, talk-time and stand-by. With an OGS 5-Point touch, the phone offers a smooth touch experience. Additionally with the width of 71.5mm and thickness of 7.7 mm, the smartphone become easy to handle.
The device comes with 8GB of internal memory that is expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card. On connectivity front, the dual SIM Iris X5 is facilitated with 3G connectivity apart from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and micro- USB v2.0.It offers OTG support to enable file transfer through USB drive on the move. The device has a Dual MIC for active noise cancellation that promises a crystal clear calling experience.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Telstra and Telkom Indonesia sign joint venture

AUSTRALIA: Telstra and Telkom Indonesia finalised a joint venture (JV) agreement to provide Network Application and Services to Indonesian enterprises, multi-nationals and Australian companies operating in Indonesia.

Network Application and Services (NAS) support business continuity, operational efficiency and productivity improvement and protect business information, allowing enterprises to focus more on their core business and end customers.

Telstra Global Enterprise and Services Group executive, Brendon Riley, said the joint venture brings together two of the region’s leading telecommunication and enterprise service providers in a strategic partnership to deliver NAS for enterprises operating in Indonesia.

“The JV is an important step in Telstra’s Asia strategy and aligns with our aim to build new growth businesses that leverage the strengths of our unique NAS capabilities.  We are excited to build a new market of enterprise solutions with Telkom,” Riley said.

“By partnering with Telkom Indonesia in the fast growing NAS market we leverage local expertise, a respected brand and service capabilities. The JV will deliver locally supported managed data network and security services, as well as cloud and unified communications services.

“The JV will offer an integrated end to end service, unique in the Indonesian market, by enabling NAS to be bundled with Telkom’s connectivity and sold through Telkom Indonesia and Telstra’s enterprise sales’ teams,” Riley said.

"We believe the JV NAS will grow significantly not only because of the partnership with Telstra, but also considering Telkom’s capabilities in network and data centre, as well as Telkom's strong position in the enterprise market segment which is the target market of NAS," said Arief Yahya, CEO of Telkom.

The JV will be led by CEO Phill Sporton. He was most recently executive director, Customer Service Delivery, for Telstra, leading a team of over 15,000 people across three continents.