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Disruptive competition is the top strategic challenge for the telecommunications sector, EY survey reveals

New opportunities in IoT and 5G hold promise for future growth More than one third (37%) of CTOs and CIOs interviewed by EY see disruptive competition as the single greatest strategic challenge facing the telecommunications sector, according to the report, Digital transformation for 2020 and beyond. Nearly three out of four survey respondents (74%) place it in their top three…

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Switzerland ISPs top leader board for Netflix performance

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 93 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. READ MORE: State of the Internet:…

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Telegram launched voice calls

Telegram is the latest messaging app to get a major new feature, but unlike Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and countless others, it isn’t cribbing from Snapchat. That’s because Telegram is introducing voice calls. The service is initially available in western Europe and will roll out in the rest of the world “very soon”, the company said. Voice calls come with…

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OTT Voice Bypass Fraud Accounts For Over Five Million Minutes Of Calling A Month On One Network

As the use of Voice over IP (VoIP) grows due to its wide adoption as part of Over-the-Top (OTT) applications, its integration with the many decades old SS7 interconnect agreements are a growing cause of concern for end subscribers, regulators and obviously communication service providers. Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators,…

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The European market for OTT subscriptions is growing fast, and will reach €8.1 billion by 2021

The European market for OTT subscriptions is growing fast, and will reach €8.1 billion by 2021, a growth of €3.9 billion in just five years from the $4.2 billion it is today. But European TV Everywhere services – those multiscreen services supplied free to paying TV subscribers – will outstrip the US by 2021 reaching 103 million regular users*. These…

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Messaging app Viber adds e-commerce button to sell you items inspired by your chats

Messaging app Viber is today announcing a new feature that taps into the bigger trend of messaging apps becoming multi-functional platforms, and also its ownershipby e-commerce company Rakuten. Viber will start to present users with items for sale, inspired by your current chat, when you press a small shopping bag icon at the bottom of the screen and search for items.  The feature…

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Microsoft kills Skype WiFi service

Microsoft has announced that it will be terminating its Skype WiFi service on March 31st. The service launched back in 2009 and provided a way to consolidate numerous public and private WiFi networks around the world under one payment service. Official Skype WiFi apps were released for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. READ MORE: Skype consumes over 2.7 times the amount…

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Skype consumes over 2.7 times the amount of data per minute than the most economical apps

Free voice call apps, which use data to place calls, can offer a cheaper way to keep in contact with friends abroad and come to the rescue when you’ve used up your monthly minute quota. However, with multi-gigabyte data plans still often coming at a premium price, the busiest chatters out there could soon eat into their monthly allowance using…

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Get unlimited mobile numbers without any SIM

All of your numbers, contacts, call & SMS data is stored in the cloud, so you can connect to your life from any device, anywhere in the world. What is an onoff Number? We all have multiple email addresses (work/home), multiple social profiles (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) — and can log into these from anywhere, right? Yet we only have one…

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Skype new features gives you a chance to express yourself

The video-chat and messaging space is rife with competition, and Skype hopes its latest features will help to keep it relevant. Still, Microsoft, which acquired Skype in 2011 for more than $8 billion, is far from giving up on the service, and in recent years has been pushing out a slew of updates in a bid to keep it relevant. READ…

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