2015

RCS or OTT? Yes.

It seems that the longstanding debate about RCS often centers on the question of whether RCS will survive, achieve widespread adoption, and beat back the threat of OTT applications. Pertinacious apologists for their respective side of the debate have honed their arguments by focusing on features, ubiquity, agility, adaptability...


Launching WiFi Calling Now...WiNot

As the evolution of the all-IP mobile space continues, IP services including Voice-over-WiFi (VoWiFi), Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), and Rich Communication Services (RCS), remain front-of-mind for operators...


Why Voice

Many information processing theories have been advanced to describe how humans process information and communicate. One such theory is the Media Naturalness Theory, which argues there are evolutionary biological reasons that face-to-face communication is the optimal form of interpersonal communication...


Virtualization 2.0: Creating new business models

Virtualizing network functions like remote access networks and evolved packet core can help mobile virtual network operators and communications service providers get to market faster, at lower cost. Tim Kridel looks at a second wave of virtualization in the mobile world and how it is changing business models...


Big Carriers Will Want Small Ones to Support VoLTE Roaming

AAs the nation’s largest wireless service providers roll out VoLTE, they’re looking for ubiquitous coverage – and that presents both opportunities and challenges for the nation’s smaller rural wireless operators that rely on roaming agreements with the larger carriers for coverage outside their home turf...


Complexity of Technology Adoption, Part 2: Panarchy

As was discussed in part one1, recognizing and appreciating the dynamics of the "zone of complexity" may, in and of itself, be helpful in understanding the lifecycle of complex systems. Some of the earliest research in this regard was performed by ecologist Crawford Stanley (Buzz) Holling, who proposed that a complex system is a "panarchy"...


Complexity of Technology Adoption, Part 1: Adaptive Systems

In the previous Analyst Corner, it was suggested that employing an S-adoption curve to model the diffusion of new technology might be more representative of the underlying market dynamics than a simple linear model, and therefore might yield more accurate forecasts...


The Golden Rule of Forecasting

In a previous posting, Geoffrey Moore's construct for understanding the adoption phases of a new technology was discussed as it might apply to RCS. This article will use Moore’s adoption curve as a springboard for a high-level discussion of the caveats of forecasting new technology acceptance and market penetration...


Trends from the Top: Executive Predictions for 2015

Interop: Competition to be Enabled by Cloud-Based IP Services
The transition to all IP networks is the largest fundamental shift in the industry since the migration from analog to digital. It is already under way, and will remain a focus in 2015 as Tier 1 operators continue rolling out new IP-based services on their LTE networks...


MVNO Toolset: Obtaining Access to Common Short Codes

The objective of this white paper is to identify the barriers that can prevent MVNOs from obtaining access to common short codes, and to highlight a solution that helps extend common short code availability to all operators regardless of their subscriber base or business model.


LTE: A Doouble-Edged Pipe

Much has been written and a great amount of buzz generated regarding the ongoing rollouts of LTE; what hasn't garnered as much coverage are the issues that LTE presents to smaller carriers...


Has RCS “Crossed the Chasm?”

Knowing the answer to this question, or at least understanding why asking it is important, can help operators and key stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem better evaluate the future of this new technology...


Monetizing Data Demand with Personalized Services

With over 250 commercially launched LTE networks worldwide, today's mobile network operators offer sophisticated, broadband like capabilities such as music and video streaming that weren't practical with 3G and earlier networks...


Analyst Corner

Interop's Senior Product Analyst, Steve Barefoot is charged with monitoring and analyzing trends in technologies, products, and markets.
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