Mobile penetration in Malaysia has long surpassed the 100% mark and is currently hovering around 150%. The Malaysian market is expected to reach a mobile subscriber base of over 50 million by 2015, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Tata Communications has launched its Mobile Messaging Exchange service, which it claimed would enable Over-The-Top (OTT) providers and SMS aggregators to connect to a large community of MNOs (mobile network operators) globally, while allowing MNOs to monetise the SMS traffic with an added layer of security.
Armed with the lessons from telcos in the west, Telenor’s Asia executive vice president Sigve Brekke feels that telcos in Asia have the upper hand when the likes of Facebook and Google come knocking.
The upcoming Malaysia Media Congress on July 3 will see Astro chief operating officer Henri Tan as one of the headline speakers. Here, he speaks to Karamjit Singh on why media specialists need to be bold.
Research firm Ovum has forecast that social messaging apps will cost operators US$32.6 billion in 2013, growing to over US$86 billion in 2020, with pace in the space picking up this year.
Amid the glitzy array of smartphone and tablet announcements made in the first few days of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), there were other industry issues debated, albeit more inconspicuously, within the halls of the Fira Gran Via – issues that could threaten disruption in today’s fast growing mobile-dominated world.
Consumers can choose how they want to communicate and it may not be via a telco service. OTT (Over The Top) platforms will hit telco core services such as SMS revenues, Frost & Sullivan said in its annual review of key ICT trends in the region.
Traditional fixed-line operators must learn to co-exist peacefully with their over-the-top (OTT) counterparts, especially in an increasing data-centric world.