Light Reading
The vendor takes its shot at letting consumers chat across any network, with an eye toward eventual operator-owned services and VoLTE

Aylus Wants Operators to Get (Video-) Chatty

Sarah Reedy
LR Mobile News Analysis
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor
2/28/2012
50%
50%

BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2012 -- At last year's MWC, mobile video infrastructure vendor Aylus Networks Inc. unveiled a mobile video chat platform for wireless operators to add video to voice calls. This year, it wants them to all chat together. (See Aylus Networks Debuts Video Calling at MWC and MWC 2011: Mobile Video Goes Two-Ways.)

On Tuesday, the vendor is announcing an interconnected mobile video-calling gateway that it says enables seamless video calls across networks and services, including over-the-top services like Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s FaceTime and carriers' own services. (See AT&T Boss Calls for End to Mobile-Video Babel.)

At present, of course, carriers don't have their own services, but Aylus CEO Mark Edwards sees that changing soon. He expects Tier 1 wireless operators to launch their own services within the year and hinted specifically at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless in North America, the top five operators in Europe and a few in Asia.

For them, he envisions a service in which the video is tightly tied to the voice call. A user starts out making a voice call then adds video to it from the same interface. Aylus's platform is also voice-over LTE (VoLTE) compliant, Edwards says, so that operators can offer video calls on their Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

"That's their opportunity and the core of the revenue today comes from calling services," he says. "Continuing to innovate and tie them in with voice is a powerful opportunity."

The platform converts the video to the formats each service requires, and tracks usage for billing purposes. As part of its video interexchange server, Aylus is enabling live mobile video sharing from rich communication services (RCS)-capable smartphones to Facebook , Twitter Inc. and other social networks.

Why this matters
Wireless operators already have to cope with video on their networks, so it makes sense for them to play a larger role in it. Offering a service that works on any device, operating system and, importantly, network would give them a leg up over proprietary services.

And there are several companies looking to help them move a little faster. Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) also recently launched an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based video chat app for LTE that it says is in trials with operators now. (See AlcaLu Tackles Video Calling on LTE.) For more
Will mobile video chat become as ubiquitous as voice calls or SMS? Read on.



— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
LRTV Interviews
TWC Business Looks Beyond $3B

12|10|14   |     |   (0) comments


TWC Business Services chief Phil Meeks explains how his unit has reached $3 billion in annual revenues and what its plans are for next year.
LRTV Documentaries
AT&T's New Security Strategy

12|10|14   |   02:36   |   (1) comment


AT&T's Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso explains how his company is wrapping virtual security layers around micro network domains.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Hot Topics
Vodafone to Ride T-Mobile Back Into US
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/12/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
Gardner's Departure a Cautionary Tale
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 12/12/2014
T-Mobile Lights Up 27 Wideband LTE Cities
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/15/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Upcoming Webinars
Webinar Archive