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Wireless Carrier Strategies and Growth Opportunities in Mobile Business-to-Employee (B2E) Apps

NEW YORK , Oct. In North America , wireless carriers continue to act as a major channel for promoting and reselling mobile business-to-employee (B2E) software applications. In fact, these mobile B2E apps have evolved to become a key strategic offering in wireless carrier portfolios. Carriers assume that the sale of these mobile worker apps will open up increased opportunities to sell their more profitable core and adjacent services, such as new voice communications products, managed services, etc. However, while overall mobile B2E app deployments are on a strong growth trajectory in the U.S. and Canada , challenges for carriers persist.

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These include a weakening in the carriers’ popularity as a mobile apps partner in today’s business sector. This study examines U.S. and Canadian carrier strategies, challenges, and portfolios. Key market trends and issues, the competitive landscape, and potential growth opportunities are discussed. Survey results regarding North American business preferences, plans, and demand for mobile worker apps and wireless carrier partners are also charted and analyzed.

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Oxygen8 South Africa Implements BlockFraud Technology To Combat Mobile Billing Fraud On All South African Mobile Carrier Networks

LOS ANGELES , Sept. Oxygen8 South Africa , an intermediary company that facilitates billing services between content providers and mobile carriers, is pleased to announce its recent implementation of mobile billing anti-fraud software. In a plight to maintain ongoing service improvement and protect consumer rights and ethical behavior in the mobile services market, we improved our fraud protection systems. Click here for more.


Cellular News

NSN signs carrier aggregation and CDN deals in Asia

The low penetration in Asia-Pacific is due to its broad, diverse and fragmented make-up

NSN has announced two deals in the Asia-Pacific region

Network infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks has announced two deals in the Asia-Pacific region. It has delivered multi-band carrier aggregation technology to Taiwan Mobile and signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese content and application delivery solutions provider ChinaCache.

The Finnish firm has supplied its Liquid Radio and Liquid Core technology to the Taiwanese operator and will also deploy LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology, combining the 700MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands, to increase bandwidth and network performance.

According to NSN, Taiwan Mobile has focused on using the 700MHz band to deploy LTE coverage as it has been harmonised across several Asia-Pacific markets as well as Latin American markets.

But while the band is suitable for providing indoor cell and rural area coverage, the operator is providing additional capacity using the 1800MHz band to aggregate the two frequencies and better serve high density areas.

“NSN is now the sole supplier of Taiwan Mobile’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks,” said Markus Borchert, president of NSN Greater China region. “With our innovative carrier aggregation solution and network planning and optimization services, the operator can combine its spectrum for significantly increased data throughput and an unmatched customer experience.”

Taiwan Mobile is the country’s second placed operator, tied with rival FarEasTone with 7.2 million subscribers as of December 2013, according to Informa’s WCIS. Chunghwa Telecom is the market leader with 10.6 million subscribers according to the service.

The deal with ChinaCache sees the two firms undertaking to jointly develop next generation mobile content delivery solutions using NSN’s Liquid Applications technology. NSN said the technology will enable content to be delivered directly from LTE base stations, which results in faster data throughput and can also translate into improved customer experience.

The Liquid Applications will boost ChinaCache’s current offering with features such as improved location capabilities, awareness of user behaviour, and real-time adaptation to network conditions, said NSN.

“Cooperating with ChinaCache on the next generation of mobile CDN technology will open up the opportunity for unprecedented subscriber experience while allowing mobile operators to introduce new business models,” said Borchert.

 

LTE Asia 2014 takes place on the 23rd to 25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Telecoms.com

O2 UK expands carrier billing offering

O2 sees huge potential in direct operator billing

The UK arm of European operator group Telefónica, O2, has outlined plans to cut the margin on its direct operator billing offering, meaning that participating merchants get a greater share of the revenue.  The firm said it is decreasing the margin in order to stimulate uptake, having seen some merchant revenue increase by over 200 per cent where mobile billing has been supported as an additional payment option.

The operator’s Charge to Mobile service will be available later this year and also offers merchants the ability to provide refunds and credit to O2’s customers through their mobile bill. O2 will also be increasing the price limit of goods that can be bought through operator billing to £30.

Danny Barclay, head of interactive at O2 Media, said that as internet usage through the mobile phone becomes more prevalent, the operator expects more merchants to take advantage of mobile billing to commercialise their goods and services.

“When O2 customers are provided with mobile billing as a payment option for online micro transactions, it immediately becomes a popular payment option,” he added.

Services such as Skype, Facebook and Google have all announced plans to provide mobile billing such services in recent weeks, and Roy Anderson, CEO at mobile billing solutions provider Bango, believes such services could now be reaching a “magical, musical” inflection point.

He said that until recently, the costs of operator billing have been slightly too high for a low-margin business such as selling music, but music in particular could now provide an immense opportunity for operators.

“We’ll wait to see what the numbers look like, but with O2 driving costs down we may soon reach a tipping point where selling music through operator billing is commercially viable for the big online music retailers, and we’ll see huge increases in sales volumes,” he said.

“This small change from O2 could make a massive difference, particularly when you consider that operator billing is mandatory to reach demographic groups without credit cards, which includes the young consumers who traditionally buy music.”

Operator billing is supported on all of the main UK mobile networks, with a common framework called Payforit, which aims to provide a secure and trusted transaction mechanism for both merchants and consumers.

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SDN could reduce carrier opex by up to $9bn globally by 2017

SDN could help operators reduce operating expenses by up to $  9bn globally by 2017, claims Tellabs

SDN could help operators reduce operating expenses by up to $ 9bn globally by 2017, claims Tellabs

Mobile backhaul and optical networking specialist Tellabs has  published  research suggesting that SDN could  help operators reduce operating expenses by as much as $ 9bn globally by 2017. The firm explained that opex savings are expected to be much greater than capex savings across five key network applications in every year until 2017.

In August last year, research conducted by analyst firm Strategy Analytics for  Tellabs suggested that SDN could almost halve a perceived “backhaul shortfall” for operators and save them just under $ 5bn in capital expenses by 2017.

Tellabs said that the value of opex savings will be seen across five key network applications: wifi offload/video redirect ($ 3.14bn); cloud RAN ($ 2.17bn); local breakout/internet IXP ($ 1.83bn); metro aggregation/load redistribution ($ 1.22bn) and small cells ($ 591m).

The Asia Pacific region is expected to save the most over this time period as operators in many markets in this region continue to migrate to all-IP networks. The region is expected to see opex savings of $ 5.62bn as a result of implementing SDN, followed by North America ($ 1.26bn) and Western Europe ($ 1.25bn).

“There’s been no shortage of hype around SDN and what we are putting our work behind is the quantification of it: from lab to commercial deployment,” Stu Benington, director for technology  and strategy at Tellabs told Telecoms.com.

“Operators need to be comfortable with the financial payback and the return on investment on these technologies, so quantifying those in a way that meets business requirements is very important and that’s why we’ve taken this very quantitative approach.”

Benington even went far as far as to claim that using SDN could enable operators to create new revenue streams, in a sector where operator margins from traditional services are being squeezed.

“We’re seeing now that the ultimate prize is using these technologies to generate revenue sources; to offer new types of services,” he said. He added that in every discussion the firm has with operator customers, they suggest new set of use cases which can indeed be implemented by taking advantage of the flexibility SDN brings to the network.

“It’s been a positive surprise – we thought it would be a bridge too far. One basic use case is the notion of bandwidth on demand.”

He explained that could include services such as “turbo boosts” that provision extra bandwidth for specific applications, based on the customer’s preferences.

“The user could be on an iPad and wants to provision something specifically for an application. They can use what they want and pay for it when they’re done,” he explained. “They just make a request, up pops a pricing menu, you can use it for what you need and turn it off when you’re done. It’s about matching network resources exactly with the end user’s willingness to pay.”

In March last year, Sanqi Li, CTO of infrastructure vendor Huawei’s carrier network business said that the SDN and network function virtualisation (NFV) will bring about more change than the industry has seen in the past century, particularly in terms of business models, and stressed that operators need to move beyond what is traditionally perceived as their position in the digital ecosystem.

“This next change is less about technology and more about business. The operator business model at present is rigid, slow, and hard to change. Network architecture today is closed, complicated, and still focused on elements that the carriers can control,” he said. He added that operator business models can be saved by SDN, characterising the move to this new architecture as a move from closed to open.

Tellabs is a subsidiary of private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners, which acquired the specialist in October last year for $ 891m. In December 2012, the firm also acquired NSN’s optical business Coriant.

Telecoms.com

SLT partnered SEA-ME-WE 5 Submarine Cable System wins at the Global Carrier Awards

The consortium that developed the South East Asia, Middle East and Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable was awarded the andldquo;Project of the Year andndash; Subsea Awardandrdquo; at the Global Carrier Awards on 8 November 2016, in Paris. Sri Lanka Telecom, the countryandrsquo;s leading ICT Solutions Provider is a proud member of this consortium and has played a vital role in the creation of this submarine cable. Click here for more.


Cellular News

Optus tests TD-LTE Advanced carrier aggregation

Optus has begun testing what it claims to be the world’s first TD-LTE Advanced carrier aggregation

Optus has begun testing what it claims to be the world’s first TD-LTE Advanced carrier aggregation

Australian operator Optus has begun testing what it claims to be the world’s first TD-LTE Advanced carrier aggregation solution. The firm claims to have achieved single user peak speeds of up to 160Mbps on its commercial 4G Plus LTE network.

The operator, a wholly owned subsidiary of SingTel, added that it has demonstrated a site throughput of over 500Mbps, using its 2300 TD-LTE spectrum.

Optus’ 4G Plus network is currently live in areas of Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and  Adelaide.

“This is the first time in the world that 4G carrier aggregation has been introduced into a live TD-LTE network; not in a lab, but on a fully operational, commercial network,” said Vic McClelland, managing director of Optus Networks.

“Our abundant spectrum holdings in the 2300MHz band; new technologies like carrier aggregation; and our 4G Plus TD-LTE network are the foundations of the Optus network of the future.”

Optus said that the network is capable of delivering a theoretical maximum speed of up to 220Mbps to a single user on compatible mobile devices.

“This is about ensuring that Optus continues to build a mobile network that keeps pace with the ongoing evolution of 4G devices. When customers upgrade to newer and faster mobiles and modems, we want to make sure that our network is ready for them to take full advantage, much like building a faster highway for faster cars,” added McClelland.

Telecoms.com

Boku Acquires Indian Carrier Billing Provider, Qubecell

Mobile payments provider, Boku says that it has bought India’s leader in direct carrier billing, Qubecell. Click here for more.


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Sprint and Nokia Kick-Off Three-Channel Carrier Aggregation LTE Plus Deployment

USA based Sprint and Nokia have kicked-off the launch of three-channel carrier aggregation in Kansas City’s LTE Plus Network with a live demonstration at Kauffman Stadium. Click here for more.


Cellular News

Sprint Demonstrates Three-Channel Carrier Aggregation Reaching 295Mbps

USA based Sprint says that it reached peak speeds of 295 Mbps in three-channel carrier aggregation lab tests using the HTC 10, one of the first devices on the market to support the functionality. Click here for more.


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