Gemalto to facilitate telcos’ identity services offerings

Gemalto recently announced the release of its LinqUs Mobile ID platform. This platform helps telcos offer online authentication services at the three security assurance levels (as specified by the GSMA) to their subscribers using any SIM-enabled mobile device. This announcement comes at a time when the industry desperately needs alternate means to grow revenues, with telcos having seen slower growth and declining average revenues in recent years. The Mobile ID platform provides an opportunity...

BT’s TV-driven success shows importance of understanding telco innovation

Emeka Obiodu, Principal Analyst – Industry, Communications & Broadband BT recently released its full-year 2013/14 results showing that strong growth in its Consumer division helped offset poor performance in its other divisions. The Consumer division grew its revenues by 4% in the year, bolstered by strong take-up of TV and broadband services and its fewest number of fixed line losses in five years. The trigger for this success is evidently BT Sports, a £2bn gamble aimed at halting the...

SDN and NFV bring culture change to CSP networks

While it’s still early in the evolution to software-centric networking, Ovum believes software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) have already brought irreversible change to industry views on how future communications service provider (CSP) networks will be designed and operated and how services will be delivered and sold. Applying technologies and lessons learned from building virtualized IT networks is driving CSPs to look at network architectures and...

Network-sharing plans of emerging market telcos repesent a pragmatic move

Emeka Obiodu, Principal Analyst; Industry, Communications, and Broadband Eight telcos operating in the Middle East & Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore greater cooperation around infrastructure sharing. Executives from the eight telcos (Bharti Airtel, Etisalat, MTN, Ooredoo, Orange, STC, Vodafone, and Zain) together with the GSMA say that they have made this commitment to expand broadband access to rural communities. This is a bold and welcome development as...

Virgin Media Business gets ready for small cells

Ron Kline, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure As the talk of small cells heats up, so does the need for backhaul. I recently met with Virgin Media Business (VMB) to discuss backhaul for small cells. The company has a fiber-rich network within major population centers in the UK and provides wholesale mobile backhaul services to mobile providers in the country. VMB has been developing a concession-based small cell-as-a-service (SCaaS) offering using a mesh network architecture that...

Telcos are readying new enterprise services

Deutsche Telekom and Orange have announced their 4Q13 financials, meaning that all of the big five European and US telcos with global services divisions have now published their reports. At the surface, the strategic priority continues to be managing decline, but there are some clues that telcos are prepared to launch new enterprise services. Small pointers to growth Enterprise revenues from Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems division were down by 3.8% year-on-year (YoY) to €2,047m, and Orange...

Telcos unveil pragmatic innovation at #MWC14

While the headlines at MWC are still reverberating with the Facebook/WhatsApp deal and the slew of connected devices announcements, an undercurrent of pragmatic innovation is occurring away from the limelight. Telcos are unveiling pricing innovations, and outlining their refreshingly candid expectations of product and service innovations. AT&T fired the first shot at pricing by proposing to offer unlimited international SMS to customers on its Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans....

Vodafone and Huawei demonstrate FDD and TDD LTE carrier aggregation

Huawei has made many announcements at MWC, but its news of a demonstration of carrier aggregation (CA) across FDD and TDD LTE modes – and specifically Vodafone’s involvement – is particularly interesting. The benefit of CA across FDD and TDD LTE is that operators can combine cheaper TDD spectrum with more “traditional” FDD spectrum to boost capacity and downlink speeds. In this case the partners are promising over 500Mbps. The cost efficiencies for an operator of leveraging the full...

PTC’s ThingWorx acquisition extends product lifecycle to Internet of Things

PTC’s $112m acquisition of ThingWorx, a startup offering a platform for building and running applications based on smart, connected devices, will logically extend the company’s service lifecycle management (SLM) business. It will also help PTC’s product manufacturing clients to build value-added operational and maintenance services. ThingWorx takes PTC into an increasingly crowded market for integrating machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. However, ThingWorx is more than middleware,...

AT&T sends mixed messages with 1Gbps FTTH service

Kamalini Ganguly, Senior Analyst, Industry, Communications, and Broadband AT&T has launched a variation of its U-verse service – U-verse with GigaPower – in Austin, Texas. It includes a 300Mbps FTTH broadband service which AT&T claims will be automatically upgraded to 1Gbps in a few months’ time. AT&T’s efforts to offer 1Gbps FTTH broadband to the consumer are laudatory but likely to confuse its customers and shareholders. If 1Gbps is the future, what is the future of...