Tag Archives: Over The Top

Calliflower, Calltacular, Imprezzio, and MeuTarô are all running on Telecom APIs

Plivo enables web developers and enterprises to easily develop Voice and SMS applications. Plivo delivers the flexibility its customers require by allowing customers to bring their own carrier services and volume pricing models.  Plivo eliminates the complexity from telephony by providing a scalable and feature-rich voice and messaging platform wrapped with flexible Telecom APIs and […]

Mobile Broadband Use is Changing, Policy Needs to Catch Up. Summary of Policy Control and Data Pricing Conference, April 2013

The Policy Control and Data Pricing Conference took place between the 16-17th April.  Its a ‘who’s who’ of Policy Control and Charging (PCC), and provides a great litmus test on the state of industry.  The discussions this year were quite frank with open disagreements; the worry of signalling storms appeared to have abated. Reviewing the […]

The Quiet Canadian: The Leader in API Management, Layer 7 Technologies

APIs (Application Programing Interface) in telecoms have a long history, starting in 1998/1999 when Telenor began its Content Provider Access API program and the launch of the Parlay API standards group.  With such early beginnings it would be fair to expect APIs in Telecoms to be as, if not more, pervasive than most other industries.  […]

LTE North America 2012: Tinder Box Market Ripe for a Firestorm of Disruption

LTE North America ran from 13-15 Nov in Dallas.  There was a record 1000 delegates at the show, with 60 unique carriers in attendance from small local rural players such as the Texas-based ZIPnet US, to regionals such as MetroPCS, and of course, the duopoly of AT&T and Verizon.  North America is a unique market […]

BBWF 2012 Summary

Apologies for typos and lack of links in this article, Hurricane Sandy took out our power and broadband, so I’m on a congested 3G network with lots of time-outs limiting online editing. BBWF (Broadband World Forum) continues to be a ‘sweet spot’ conference, not as big as MWC (Mobile World Congress) where prices are silly […]

The Trials and Tribulations of Cutting the PayTV Cord Part 2: We Finally Did It!

Back in March an article on this weblog reviewed the challenges in cutting the payTV cord: the difficulty in receiving the FTA (Free To Air) service, in the end we gave up as we couldn’t get it working at a reasonable cost; and through the process discovered we were trapped in a 2 year contract […]

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 […]

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 […]

Running to Stand Still. The Negative Cycle of Spending Virtually all the IT Budget to Keep the Lights On. Why we need a BOSS reset!

I apologize that this is a high level article, but I’m seeing the term Customer Experience Management being misused and promising things it will not deliver without a complete reset of the BOSS (Business and Operational Support System).  A problem faced by many telecom network operators (telcos) is they are caught in an endless cycle […]

MWC 2012 Summary: The Trials and Tribulations of Entering Middle Age

This year I brought my wife and 2-year-old son to Barcelona; we arrived on the Thursday before MWC (Mobile World Congress).  Barcelona is great for small children with lots of playgrounds, some with crèches that bring out their toys to play with making it great fun.  The restaurants go the extra mile in making the […]