Category Archives: OTT

Innovation: A Lesson in Survival

Industries that innovate are the ones that stand the test of time. I was reminded of this again at a recent conference on innovation by a presentation which summarized 500 years of the Royal Mail Group, from its formation by King Henry VIII (a challenging CEO, apparently) in 1517 to the privatization by the UK Government exactly a year ago. The presentation was delivered by Nick Pendleton, an ex-colleague from our joint days at BT, who now leads the Royal Mail’s strategy and innovation. What struck me was how the Royal Mail had, across the centuries, absorbed a succession of innovations into their business model.  More >>

Apple – Doing it again?

Some consumers will no longer have to commit to one service provider if they want a data plan for their iPad. Apple recently released promotional material for its iPad Air 2 that included this juicy bite: The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments. And when […]  More >>

What do you want from your Pay TV provider?

For Pay TV to maintain its position in the market against over the top (OTT) players, Pay TV Operators need to play to their strengths, and drive home messages of a superior user viewing experience.  More >>

Partnering with OTT from a position of strength

Should we pity today’s service provider? Customers are demanding more, faster, content thanks to our enthusiasm for smart devices combined with over-the-top (OTT) services from players such as Skype, YouTube, Google, and most recently, Facebook.  Service providers are expected to deliver it to consumers in a high-quality format, across multiple channels, and without receiving any corresponding increase in revenues.  Although many fear this will cast service providers in a “dumb pipe” role where all they do is provide connectivity, all is not doom and gloom. In fact, according to a recent Coleman Parkes survey of service providers, over-the-top players and device […]  More >>

Moving Mountains by Simplifying Experience

BLOGGER: ERIC DANIS Farhad Manjoo, Slate’s technology columnist, chose complexity as the worst trend of 2011: In 2011 nearly every gadget or service that I use on a regular basis picked up new features that made it more frustrating to deal with. Everywhere I looked, I saw feature creep, platform wars, competing media standards, and increasingly chaotic user interfaces … But it’s not just that individual products got more difficult to use; in 2011 the entire tech ecosystem descended toward entropy. Devices and services had a harder time playing together, and simply choosing what to use became an occasion for […]  More >>

Is a faceoff with Facebook imminent?

For the past couple of years we have been regarding Google as the biggest potential OTT (or come from behind) threat to the traditional service providers. And deservedly so.  They had in essence become the internet, and were offering popular voice, chat and video content. They were augmenting that with fiber networks and talk of becoming an ISP. They beat the telecom industry to the mobile payment punch with their m-wallet. They had delivered the worlds most popular smartphone/tablet operating system and they even went out and bought a handset manufacturer. Oh, and all those fancy value-added services telecom operators are talking about – enterprise solutions, cloud? Check and Check. Oh, […]  More >>