Tuesday, 06 December 2016

Data is trump card for mobile operators facing uncertain future

By Andreas Bernstrom, Rebtel
Friday 14 September 12

'If operators become nothing but providers of capacity their profits are going to be seriously affected.'

  Voice and messaging have traditionally been the golden geese for mobile operators and the source of their often fantastical profit margins. But times are changing. Whilst a typical European mobile operator still generates about 80% of its revenue from voice or messaging, a recent Telco 2.0 report suggests that within three years 21% of voice revenues will be lost to over-the-top (OTT) services. It isn't just voice either. A report from technology analysts Ovum claimed that during the last two years telecom operators lost nearly $23 billion in revenue due to the impact of social media and OTT services. Operator responses How then can operators respond? One thing that can almost certainly be dismissed is the infamous Rich Communications Suite (RCS)…

  Voice and messaging have traditionally been the golden geese for mobile operators and the source of their often fantastical profit margins. But times are changing. Whilst a typical European mobile operator still generates about 80% of its revenue from voice or messaging, a recent Telco 2.0 report suggests that within three years 21% of voice revenues will be lost to over-the-top (OTT) services. It isn't just voice either. A report from technology analysts Ovum claimed that during the last two years telecom operators lost nearly $23 billion in revenue due to the impact of social media and OTT services. Operator responses How then can operators respond? One thing that can almost certainly be dismissed is the infamous Rich Communications Suite (RCS)…

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