Today's teenagers will text close to 2 million words over their lifetime, according to a new study by Net Voucher Codes. It concludes that mobile users send an average of 4 texts a day, each containing 20 words—a conservative estimate based on my own texting habits and certainly those of every teenager I know.
As use of over-the-top (OTT) communications services continues to grow, demand for wireless data has soared. Today’s mobile network operators, while making infrastructure investments to meet this demand, also face declining messaging volumes and revenue due to the popularity of these third-party OTT alternatives.
This week Apple unveiled its new iOS7 platform, and much of the fanfare has focused on the look and feel of the new interface. However, one of the more interesting components of the new operating system to me is the announcement of FaceTime Audio, which enables users to make voice calls over IP without using their plan’s minutes.
I often write about how OTTs can suffer from quality of service issues that operator-provided, standards-based services do not. I ran across an article last week that illustrates this point quite well. Path, a messaging app similar to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, recently sent out an SMS to everyone in a group of users' phonebooks—from ex-boyfriends to business associates—indicating that the sender had photos available for them on Path. “Not the kind of thing you would want sent to your buddy's wife on a Friday night,” the article aptly notes.
Written by Rafael A. Junquera, Director of editorial at TeleSeman.com
The debate over how mobile operators can offset Over-the-Top (OTT) providers is ongoing as these players are capturing smartphone users, and operators are debating a solution to the dilemma through their events and forums.