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Telecom API Consolidation

Following the trend of telecom API consolidation BICS has bought Telesign. I prefer to use the term programmable telecoms, as you can see in the diagram below the market is much more that just APIs. Services using programmable telecoms have become an essential part of the market, and underpin Telesign’s success. BICS (previously known as Belgacom […]

MWC 2014: The Art of Misdirection

It was the first time in 15 years I did not make the annual pilgrimage to MWC (Mobile World Congress).  Some of the reasons being: The BS and detachment from market reality of the GSMA which impacts MWC; The ridiculously large event which means I’m spending more time racing between meetings than in meetings; The […]

Telco Big Data and Real Time Analytics Summit

I’ll be in London next week (3-5 Dec) at the Telco Big Data and Real Time Analytics Summit, it’s the first time this conference has run, and I think presents an important opportunity to cut through all the hype and BS we’re seeing on Big Data.  The conference itself is packed with operator presentations sharing […]

My Initial Take on the Telenor / Telefonica Announcement on APIs

Telefonica and Telenor made an announcement that they will be cooperating on APIs.  Here’s my initial take given the information available: As normal the press have confused apps and APIs. This has nothing to do with app distribution, its about about APIs.  Think of an API as a service available from the operator, so TEF […]

Summary of the Open Mobile Alliance Messaging Workshop 12 July 2012, Brooklyn USA

The conference agenda and slides can be downloaded here. At first blush it would appear RCS (Rich Communications Suite) has adopted OMA’s (Open Mobile Alliance) Converged IP Messaging (CIM) spec so work is complete.  But that means CIM is wholly dependent on RCS, which has the dumb dependency of IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), which is […]

The Elephant in The Room: The Mobile Voice Experience is Crap

A recent WSJ article “Talking Less, Paying More for Voice”  discussed the fact that usage of voice is in decline; and identifies some of the culprits for the decline: The iPhone, SMS, Yelp, Facebook, email, young people dominate everything and they do not call anymore, and other web services.  While most of these are true […]

Reviewing the History of Instant Messaging and What it Means to Over The Top Providers Today

Instant messaging is old, it predates the Internet, first appearing on multi-user operating systems like Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) and Multiplexed Information and Computing Service (Multics) in the mid-1960s, its older than me! During the bulletin board system (BBS) phenomenon that peaked during the 1980s, some systems incorporated chat features that were similar to instant […]

The IMS World Forum Summary Part 1

At the IMS (IP Multiedia Subsystem) World Forum I gave a pre-conference workshop that summarized some of the results gathered in the IMS Status Report.  The conference backed up the findings in the Report, and highlighted the many technology and business challenges we face as IMS rolls out.  An interesting discussion point raised on both […]

Victor Meldrew (Grumpy Old Man) Moments

I try not to prejudge, to write-off, as we all suck at predicting the future.  But I sometimes just need to rant, here are a few. Connected Car. Why when everyone in the car already has a smartphone / tablet that’s up to the minute and customized to their needs.  Not 3-6 year old technology […]