Still leading the way in terms of the number of customers is Verizon Wireless. With 118 million subscribers, it is just a little ahead of its nearest rival AT&T, who have around 107 million subscribers. In terms of where both were one year ago, this represents only a 2% increase for AT&T but over a 7% increase for Verizon Wireless.
Let’s start with the fact that today’s environment are filled with devices that come from a variety of vendors. This makes life complex. Take, for example, the situation where two devices (each from different vendors) must communicate via voice over Evolved Packet Core (also by two different vendors) into an IP Multimedia Subsystem (from yet another vendor) and through an application server or two. See where I’m going here?
Every publicly traded company has a target. Since its IPO, that number has been 38 for Facebook. The company finally realized its goal last week, thanks to the mobile phone.
Legacy technology – you can’t escape it. Just when we thought next-gen communications had taken over, the Royal Birth proved us all wrong. It’s hard to believe that the world first received the news of Britian’s newest heir via a proclamation pinned to an easel outside of the Palace. From there, technology had its say and the announcement was tweeted, snapped and posted across the globe. But “modern tech” took second place.
One of the hottest topics right now in Telecoms is Voice over LTE, or VoLTE as it’s more commonly known. This technology will enable Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) to finally deliver voice calls across their entire IP, access and core network. This capability will help create a more efficient end-end network infrastructure, and also take advantage of the policy rules now available to ensure optimum customer call Quality of Service (QoS).
Those who prefer the status quo must have been shocked when T-Mobile announced its new JUMP program (Just Upgrade My Phone) at yesterday’s media event. This new program lets customers upgrade their phones whenever they want – up to two times in a year.
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is the holy grail for Mobile Operators. It’s the final step in having a single all IP network offering better user experience, greater cost efficiencies and accelerated technology paths. Along with that, it brings a way to tackle existing OTT-type players by providing differentiated Voice Quality of Service (QoS). In fact, most Telecoms-focused conferences and publications talk continually about Voice over LTE (VoLTE): what it is, what it will offer and, more significantly, when it is coming.
Customers punish carriers who put them in the middle of back-end politics. Think that’s not true? Just read the news about the spat between Verizon, Netflix and its bandwidth provider, Cogent Communications.
Much has been written in the press recently about the drop in roaming-related charges that Mobile Operators enforce on customers. A few years ago, you could expect to pay almost 10 times as much for making a voice call in a foreign network compared to making that same call in your home network. Even worse, you were charged regardless of whether the foreign network was a preferred roaming partner or not.
Mobile Operators have so many things to consider when deciding how best to profit while still providing a great service to their customers.