Capacity Voice April 2013

30 Apr 2013

OTT should mean “Option To Transform”

At one time, the phrase “over the top” would inspire the same level of dread in telecoms executives as when shouted in the trenches of the First World War. The “traditional” telecoms world would look askance at the impressive growth and billions of international minutes OTT operators were capturing and worry about their own survival.

30 Apr 2013

Connecting Economies

I was inspired by the impressive blog run by DiViNetworks, to investigate the developmental impact of telecoms. It’s a question that’s regularly asked in the industry: do economies grow when their telecoms infrastructure improves?

23 Apr 2013

H.G. Wells and Vice President Al Gore...

In a world with an estimated one trillion web pages, Vice President Al Gore, in his new book, The Future, suggests that “the global mind is changing our relationship to the world of information”. While it was H. G. Wells in 1937 who coined the term “World Brain;” in 2013, it is Vice President Al Gore who considers that the metaphor has now become a reality.

22 Apr 2013

Making Voice Fashionable

Voice isn’t fashionable. Most operators do not even talk about voice. It seems many view voice a bit like the frilled “buccaneer” shirt that I wore in my youth – it invokes happy memories but isn’t something to be associated with now.

15 Apr 2013

Smarter networks for a converging world

International bandwidth is growing at a phenomenal rate today and, with an additional 36% growth expected in 2013*, this is not going to stop anytime soon. This is driven by the rise in machine to machine and 3D services, as well as the explosion of online video and mobile internet. Our world is becoming increasingly networked and data-hungry, confirming today's need to increase the capacity and the performance of networks.

10 Apr 2013

Quality Matters

With the proliferation of smartphones and over-the-top voice applications, users have more options than ever for international voice calling. As a result, mobile operators, over-the-top providers and other consumer-facing voice providers are focusing more and more on improving the quality of their voice calling experience to stand out from the competition and increase customer loyalty. This increased focus on quality creates new demands for carriers to provide top-notch voice quality and a better customer experience to their retail customer base.

05 Apr 2013

Waiting game - Vodafone/AT&T/Verizon

Some say the touted Verizon, AT&T, and Vodafone tie-up was a little too close to April fool’s day to be taken seriously. Certainly, it seemed far-fetched, but when the Financial Times reported earlier this week that US behemoths Verizon and AT&T were set to make a joint break buy acquisition of UK-based power group Vodafone, it did manage to open up not just one but two separate cans of worms.