Welcome!

News Feed Item

Openwave Mobility Anticipates Trends for 2013 in Policy Control and Over the Top Players

Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize growth in mobile video and web traffic, has predicted what trends it expects for 2013.

The “New Consumer Economy” infiltrates mobile

John Giere, President & CEO, Openwave Mobility: “We live in a world where consumers can buy just one song from an album, rent a car or a meeting room by the hour and purchase a single TV episode. It is a changed world, where people routinely buy or rent products and services at a very granular level – and they are becoming used to the idea. Because consumers have more options available in smaller slices, they can find services and products which are much more focused on their individual needs. Yet that choice and granularity has not reached mobile data provision so far.

“In 2013, I believe we will start to see some of this thinking infiltrating the mobile world with more examples of application-centric, fine-grained data plans. “Buckets” of data have always been tricky, but people will understand data plans that give you 50 hours of Internet browsing, ten hours of video streaming or unlimited social media. It takes a brave mobile operator to move away from the herd and package their mobile data provision differently, but those that do can ride the wave of this ‘New Consumer Economy’.”

“Policy Engagement” comes to the forefront

Indranil Chatterjee, VP Product Management & Marketing, Openwave Mobility: “In 2013, as ‘policy management’ edges closer to becoming ubiquitous in developed markets, ‘policy engagement’ will come to the forefront. Up until now operators have been focused on simple policy enforcement of data traffic such as blocking, throttling etc. Policy engagement, on the other hand, focuses on richer and more meaningful interactions with users that are consuming data. Users will receive price plan offers and promotions based on how and when they interact with content and network services. The network will start to act more like a guide, delivering a ‘curated’ experience to users, via real time, multi modal interactions that lend to easy adoption of new and contextually relevant services. In summary, the goal of policy engagement is to make these offers easy to understand, easy to adopt and easy to manage for users leading to greater monetization of data services for operators.”

Mobile data pricing starts to diversify

Michael Rodgers, Senior Strategist, Openwave Mobility: “Openwave Mobility believes that mobile data pricing will diversify in 2013, which will make the market more complicated and more interesting. One of the reasons for this will be the increase in 4G adoption. Although many will keep with similar pricing strategies used for 3G, for fear of alienating subscribers there will be operators globally who adopt more innovative ways of pricing their 4G data.

“This has already been demonstrated in the US, where one regional operator has reported success with a lower-cost ‘no frills’ application-based data plan with a time-limited video streaming allowance. This has allowed the operator to upsell video passes on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, resulting in extra revenue from users who want to upgrade while reducing network traffic from those who are not interested in video enough to pay for it. This is all against the backdrop of regulators globally keeping an increasingly close eye on mobile data pricing and plans, meaning that left-field decisions in some regions could force pricing innovation even if it is not currently planned.”

Emerging markets will spur collaboration between mobile operators and OTT

Stephane Honore, Chief Technologist, Openwave Mobility: “Monetization opportunities of over-the-top content have appeared at the top of analysts’ predictions for some time now; nevertheless, there have been very few real and conclusive success stories so far. One of the reasons is that the co-opetition status-quo between the major Internet players and tier 1 operators is still more inclined towards service competition which doesn’t incentivize them to jointly innovate in saturated markets with high penetration of mobile data and Internet services. In developing countries, however, both sets of players are looking for ways to attract users and gain quicker service adoption as the business growth will primarily come from mobile. Cooperation initiatives will benefit both of them under these conditions. Facebook has been an early adopter by pushing 0.facebook.com back in 2010; Google has just recently joined the bandwagon with their Free Zone offering and I expect more announcements of this type to surface in 2013.”

A few operators start to become true Over the Top players

Chris Goswami, Director Marketing & Communications, Openwave Mobility: “At the end of 2012 we see three straight years of revenue decline for operators in Europe, with at least one major group (KPN) having issued profit warnings directly citing OTT (WhatsApp) as the cause. At the same time we see Google apparently setting up their own network. So it’s not just a question of OTT players eating the operators’ lunch, they are now coming to dismantle the kitchen! Groups of operators launching OTT initiatives together like JOYN or WAC just don’t work. Within these complex organisations the web-DNA simply isn’t there.

“A few operators are taking a different approach. Telefónica Digital is an independent unit of Telefónica headquartered in London and is becoming the poster child for a new way of working. Recruiting staff with software and web DNA, maintaining their own “fast-fail” product development unit, and now responsible for all the new OTT services and start-ups acquired by Telefónica including Jajah, Tuenti and GiffGaff, are busy launching their own set of OTT services. This includes, for example, “ToMe”, an OTT messaging and picture sharing app. Their clear advantage is that they can utilise the massive subscriber base of Telefónica to distribute these new services, create those new business models and also reduce churn. They have even signed up to a revenue target of €5Billion by 2015. I believe this new way of working will spread and develop until these units become separate companies with their own P&L and VC input beginning in 2013.”

About Openwave Mobility

Openwave Mobility empowers mobile operators to manage and monetize the growth in mobile video and web traffic. By analyzing the data network and individual subscriber habits, it reduces congestion exactly where it appears while creating new revenues through personalized data plans. The company operates within the policy control and charging space, with solutions including Mobile Video Optimization, Mobile Data Charging, Subscriber Data Management and Mobile Analytics.

Openwave Mobility delivers over 40 billion transactions daily and over half a billion subscribers worldwide use data services powered by its solutions. The company’s global customer base consists of over 40 of the largest communication service providers including AT&T, Du, KDDI, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Telstra, Virgin Mobile & Vodafone. Openwave Mobility is owned by Marlin Equity Partners, a leading investment firm with over a billion dollars of capital under management that has publicly committed to building the company through expanded investment in R&D. The company has built a robust portfolio of Intellectual Property, which is growing month by month.

Openwave Mobility and the Openwave Mobility logo are trademarks of Openwave Mobility Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, will go over the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, applicatio...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
Microsoft Azure Container Services can be used for container deployment in a variety of ways including support for Orchestrators like Kubernetes, Docker Swarm and Mesos. However, the abstraction for app development that support application self-healing, scaling and so on may not be at the right level. Helm and Draft makes this a lot easier. In this primarily demo-driven session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas, a Cloud Solutions Architect/Evangelist at Microsoft, wi...
Though cloud is the future of enterprise computing, a smooth transition of legacy applications and systems is critical for seamless business operations. IT professionals are eager to start leveraging the cost, scale and other benefits of cloud, but with massive investments already in place in existing infrastructure and a number of compliance and resource hurdles, it can be challenging to move to a cloud-based infrastructure.
Containers are rapidly finding their way into enterprise data centers, but change is difficult. How do enterprises transform their architecture with technologies like containers without losing the reliable components of their current solutions? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Tony Campbell, Director, Educational Services at CoreOS, will explore the challenges organizations are facing today as they move to containers and go over how Kubernetes applications can deploy with lega...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Avere Systems, a leading provider of hybrid cloud enablement solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Avere Systems was created by file systems experts determined to reinvent storage by changing the way enterprises thought about and bought storage resources. With decades of experience behind the company’s founders, Avere got its ...
Today most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes significant work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reducti...
We all know that end users experience the Internet primarily with mobile devices. From an app development perspective, we know that successfully responding to the needs of mobile customers depends on rapid DevOps – failing fast, in short, until the right solution evolves in your customers' relationship to your business. Whether you’re decomposing an SOA monolith, or developing a new application cloud natively, it’s not a question of using microservices – not doing so will be a path to eventual b...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
As you move to the cloud, your network should be efficient, secure, and easy to manage. An enterprise adopting a hybrid or public cloud needs systems and tools that provide: Agility: ability to deliver applications and services faster, even in complex hybrid environments Easier manageability: enable reliable connectivity with complete oversight as the data center network evolves Greater efficiency: eliminate wasted effort while reducing errors and optimize asset utilization Security: imple...
High-velocity engineering teams are applying not only continuous delivery processes, but also lessons in experimentation from established leaders like Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook. These companies have made experimentation a foundation for their release processes, allowing them to try out major feature releases and redesigns within smaller groups before making them broadly available. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Brian Lucas, Senior Staff Engineer at Optimizely, will discuss how by using...
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
The session is centered around the tracing of systems on cloud using technologies like ebpf. The goal is to talk about what this technology is all about and what purpose it serves. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Shashank Jain, Development Architect at SAP, will touch upon concepts of observability in the cloud and also some of the challenges we have. Generally most cloud-based monitoring tools capture details at a very granular level. To troubleshoot problems this might not be good enough.
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CAST Software will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CAST was founded more than 25 years ago to make the invisible visible. Built around the idea that even the best analytics on the market still leave blind spots for technical teams looking to deliver better software and prevent outages, CAST provides the software intelligence that matter ...