Top Stories of the Week – August 27, 2011

VoIP important to 4G monetization

According to Wireless 20/20, voice over internet protocol (VoIP) is going to be a key aspect of 4G monetization. They said 4G operators may be able to win a financial advantage over traditional telecoms firms by going forward with the widespread roll-out of wireless VoIP solutions.

The company also claimed that network operators could see a huge return on investment if they introduce cloud-based communications applications, however, many operators may want to implement an in-house solution so they have more control over its ultimate direction.

Despite the bad economy, Europeans still love IPTV

Despite the economic downturn, Europe’s top ten Pay TV operators gained nearly 1.5 million new subscribers in the first quarter of 2011, according to a report from analyst firm Strategy Analytics.

The trend has surprised service providers and analysts alike, because Europe’s economy is in great crisis with high rate of unemployment and weakening household income.

Among the pay TV service providers in the region, UK’s BSkyB has continued to hold the number one title, posting 10.1 million subscribers at the end of Q1 of 2011, while French IPTV operators SFR and Free each saw their strongest first quarter results in four years.

Report reveals UK pay-TV will reach its peak in five years

Pay-TV revenues in the UK are fast reaching its peak, impelling operators to find other revenue streams in order to ensure their continued growth, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

UK pay-TV revenues are predicted to reach US$ 9.3bn in 2011 – an increase of US$ 3.3bn from 2006. However, revenues are only expected to climb another US$ 250million between 2011 and 2016, when they are forecast to reach US$ 9.6bn.

FCC to continue AT&T/T-Mobile deal review after gathering enough information

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said last Friday AT&T and T-Mobile have now provided enough information for the agency to continue its review of the proposed US$39-billion merger deal between the two companies.

The FCC said that it officially restarted the merger review. Last month, officials 82 days into its review stopped the 180-day clock the agency uses as a timetable for when it should complete deal reviews. The agency seldom hits its 180-day target on major deals like the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition, which can easily stretch to a year or more.

Sprint to sell the new iPhone

Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin marketing the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, filling a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another sales channel for its popular gadget.

However, the timing indicates Apple's new iPhone, which is expected to be called iPhone 5, will hit the market later than expected and too late to contribute to sales in Apple's fiscal fourth quarter, which ends in September. Most observers had expected the device to arrive next month.

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