Light Reading
Carriers typically concern themselves with just their network and technology, but they are starting to experiment with new service models and form partnerships with OTT players.
Video

Carriers Warm Up to Service Innovation

50%
50%
Carriers typically concern themselves with just their network and technology, but they are starting to experiment with new service models and form partnerships with OTT players.
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/20/2014 | 2:55:12 PM
Re: About time
Agreed! which makes the carrier communities annoyance with OTT's look like the petulant outburst of a spoiled child used to getting its way.
Infostack
50%
50%
Infostack,
User Rank: Moderator
6/20/2014 | 2:50:02 PM
Re: About time
MordyK, no it was clear.  There is no unfair advantage or taking.  If anything BB uptake has been part of a virtuous process that I call "one big metcalfian suck" or pull-through model.  Just like 2nd lines for dial-up, fax and home businesses in the 1980-90s, the edge access providers are "along for the ride" and not really in control of their own destinies.

That may sound harsh, but it is reality.  The sooner they wake up to this and choose their areas of relative and absolute strength in the new informational stack the better.  It's what IBM did in the early 1990s as it became apparent that distributed processing would be as big or bigger than centralized processing.  (Ironically we're going back to where we started, but IBM has done quite well).
Infostack
50%
50%
Infostack,
User Rank: Moderator
6/20/2014 | 2:45:34 PM
Re: About time
mendyk, I personally believe Wheeler is working to engineer a compromise.  But he needs good analysis from a broad-based, neutral constituency.  The opposing sides both have much to loose with their extreme positions.  Collective we are falling farther and farther behind the rapid tech and demand shifts happening.
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/20/2014 | 2:38:50 PM
Re: About time
Policy issue -- absolutely. And it will require just about everyone to rethink things and leave past positions like net neutrality behind. Extremely difficult (and I wouldn't blame anyone for saying impossible), but it will happen at some point.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/20/2014 | 2:36:10 PM
Re: About time
I guess my comment was unclear. WHat I meant by "riding the networks" was that they must learn from the flexibility, creativity and innovation of those webscale companies that "take advantage" of their networks. For Example: Google innovations in webscale delivery and reliability, Youtube & Netflix in video delivery & optimization, Amazon's AWS, etc.
Infostack
50%
50%
Infostack,
User Rank: Moderator
6/20/2014 | 2:16:48 PM
Re: About time
A huge policy issue as well.

I'm not a fan of the contrived notion of net neutrality, as I believe it was created by competitive apologists who avoid historical reality of data evolving out of competitive voice networks.  I am a fan of open access in the lower layers at the edge.  As has been the case over the past 30 years, it's actually the salvation for the incumbents.

But concurrently, there is definitely a need for balanced settlements (not reciprocal compensation or 2-sided revenue takings) arrived at via market mechanisms and not regulatory edict or price-setting. Elsewhere on BTE discussion threads I speak to the opportunity of competitive APIs and focusing more on the wholesale side of the business to facilitate interworkings.

The IP stack, because of its private networking roots, lacks price signals and incentives.  The clearinghouse revenue models are advertising (in exchange for which we give up our privacy), enteprise intra and extranets, and carrier peering and transiting of traditional voice and subscription services.

What's missing is a centralized procurement model which will coordinate and drive edge demand more uniformly and therefore investment more rapidly.  But the carriers need to transcend their silo mentality and we need to reject another equally farcical notion as net neutrality of bill and keep.

At the end of the day, a managed service, centralized procurement model will be larger than the other revenue models.  We were heading that way until TA96 inadvertently mucked things up.
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/20/2014 | 2:07:01 PM
Re: About time
Infostack -- I agree we should have done more at BTE with this issue. It was covered in several sessions, but mainly as an adjunct. In the opening remarks to BTE, though, Steve Saunders did identify OTT Service Delivery as the number one issue in the telecom ecosystem. The area is still a but murky but it's coming together, and Heavy Reading will be turning a lot of attention to it in these formative stages. And yes, this is even more of a business model issue than a technology issue.
Infostack
50%
50%
Infostack,
User Rank: Moderator
6/20/2014 | 11:50:55 AM
Re: About time
"Riding their networks" is different and unfortunately wrong perception from the reality that end-user's pay them to "access" those central apps or content.

The edge access providers should understand that they are simply transitors and facilitators, not the gate-keepers and stiflers they are.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/19/2014 | 8:14:51 PM
Re: About time
Good points!

I wouldn't say that the model is obsolete, but the focus and reliance on a single element acts as a blinder and hinderance to the exploration of new models and opportunities hidden in plain view within their existing business.

This is made even more incomprehensible by the fact that companies have been in the public domain and riding their networks, that have been using and proving these new models. Instead of learning and taking lessons, they simply complain and scream the new dirty word: OTT...
Infostack
50%
50%
Infostack,
User Rank: Moderator
6/19/2014 | 4:25:20 PM
Re: About time
Could it be that service providers have obsolete business models?

Interesting that this issue was not addressed directly at the conference.

SPs are at the "edge" of the global "core".  The scale and cost difference between the core and edge are huge.

The competitive WAN core is at 100,000 voice minutes per cent, while the non-competitive MAN edge is at 10 minutes per cent.  Viewed that way, the recent Netflix peering deals with edge access providers (aka ISPs) is simply an attempt by the latter to keep the WAN/MAN demarc closer to the core.  This is what they've done for 100 years, but after 30 years of scaling at the core, it's too little, too late.

Service providers need fundamental rethinks as 4K VoD, 2-way HD video collaboration, seamless mobile BB and IoT develop rapidly.  Critical performance issues around capacity (particularly upstream), latency, QoS, security and redundancy need to be addressed in conjunction with the core app and content providers.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Is your network built on 'The Old IP,' or are you part of 'The New IP' revolution?
LRTV Documentaries
A Cultural Shift for an OTT World

9|26|14   |   01:41   |   (3) comments


Telcos need to embrace a new approach to partnerships if they are to generate extra revenues quickly and give customers what they want.
LRTV Documentaries
New Skills Needed as Telecom, IT Collide

9|26|14   |   4:07   |   (1) comment


As telecom and IT collide, new technologies are emerging, new skills are needed and new opportunities for women are arising.
UBB Forum News
Do IP Networks Need An Overhaul?

9|25|14   |   02:01   |   (0) comments


As traffic levels ramp, do IP networks need new technologies and topologies?
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley

9|25|14   |   3:09   |   (10) comments


Anne-Louise Kardas, Sprint's connection to startups in the Valley, explains how telcos can be innovative and find new opportunities with partners.
LRTV Documentaries
SDN, NFV & The Future of XO's Network

9|25|14   |   3:47   |   (0) comments


XO Communications COO Don MacNeil explains how cloud, SDN and NFV are altering its network requirements as well as changing data centers of the future.
UBB Forum News
The OTT Conundrum

9|24|14   |   01:39   |   (0) comments


What is holding back prosperous partnerships between telcos and the OTT players?
LRTV Documentaries
Putting Broadband to Work

9|24|14   |   01:26   |   (0) comments


High-speed broadband network rollout is key to telco strategies, but it's what happens after the network is built that counts.
Light Reedy
Light Reading's Women in Telecom Recap

9|24|14   |   0:55   |   (4) comments


Our first Women in Telecom breakfast was a huge success, and we hope you'll join us in London for the next event on November 6.
UBB Forum News
Monetizing Ultra-Broadband

9|24|14   |   01:43   |   (2) comments


Ultra-broadband networks need to be built, with fiber-to-the-premises the ultimate goal, but they need to be monetized, too.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sales Director of INIT on Plug & Play Switch Devices

9|19|14   |   3:21   |   (0) comments


INIT Italy uses both the Huawei S5700 and S7700 series switches for the campus LAN environment. Sales Director Andrea Curti says their company chose these Huawei devices over others because of their performance, flexible scalability and plug-and-play features.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Saudi Arabia Upgrades Vocational Training System

9|19|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has 100,000 students, 150 government-owned institutions and oversees 1000 private institutes. The CIO of TVTC explains that Huawei devices have allowed them to manage multiple datacenters using just one software program, scientifically tracking the progress of students and teachers, saving them millions.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Media Solutions Are Here to Stay

9|19|14   |   4:35   |   (0) comments


The current media revolution requires rapid upgrades in technology. New formats (HD, 3D, 4K etc.) and the subsequent explosion of file sizes demand sophisticated network and storage architecture. Social media and the multiple distribution channels require a robust asset management system. Gartner analyst Venecia Liu speaks about the current technological trends in ...
Upcoming Live Events
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Half of the world's population will be connected to the Internet by 2017, but not just by smartphones and desktops.
Hot Topics
Facebook Pokes Around LTE Direct
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
US Ignite Cultivates Gigabit Apps
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 9/25/2014
Comcast Turns Off Streampix
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/26/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed