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Analyst view: Facebook renews its push into mobile payments

According to the Financial Times, Facebook is just ‘weeks away’ from getting an e-money license in Ireland that would allow its users to hold and exchange money on the social networking site. Eden Zoller, m-payments experts at Ovum explains the rationale behind this move: “Ovum predicted Facebook would launch a renewed push into mobile payments… Read more

Eden Zoller

Ovum: A wave of consolidation will occur in social messaging in 2014

The recent acquisitions of WhatsApp by Facebook and Viber by Rakuten signal that social communications, and particularly messaging, are becoming a core part of OTT services, whether their primary focus is social networking, gaming, or even commerce. Ovum expects a wave of consolidation to occur in the social messaging industry in 2014, and some players… Read more

Neha Dharia

Analyst view: ECJ ruling creates a gap in data retention regulation

Today’s decision of the European Courts of Justice, ruling that the Data Retention Directive of 2006 is invalid, has some significant implications but is also an excellent opportunity for the European Commission to rethink its rules on the matter. Luca Schiavoni, telecoms regulation analyst at Ovum has the following comment: “Given the recent efforts of… Read more

Luca Schiavoni

Ovum forecasts CSPs’ capex to remain flat, while telecom vendors face a tough marketplace

Revenue growth rates for communications service providers (CSPs) remain modest, but CSPs will continue to invest heavily in their networks, expects Ovum. With global CSP capital expenditures (capex) forecasted to total more than US$2.1tn from 2014–19, the global analyst firm warns CSPs must continue to do less with more, leveraging new technologies, network designs, vendors,… Read more

Matt Walker

Analyst view: EE’s ranking in RootMetrics study reflects its strategy for being one-step-ahead

Following the launch of the findings from the RootMetrics study on mobile broadband performance in the UK, Matthew Howett, telecoms regulation analyst at Ovum says: “EE’s high scores reflect their strategy for wanting to continue to be one-step-ahead with their network.” Howett continues: “The RootMetrics research is one of the first attempts in the UK… Read more

Matthew Howett

Analyst view: MEPs voted for stronger protection for EU citizens’ personal data

Today, MEPs voted for stronger safeguards for EU citizens’ personal data that gets transferred to non-EU countries in a major overhaul of the EU’s data protection laws. Luca Schiavoni, regulation analyst at Ovum provides his view on this news: “Today’s vote of the European Parliament on the draft Data Protection Regulation signals the clear intention… Read more

Luca Schiavoni

Analyst View: Ovum sees security transformation underway

Ovum recently attended the RSA conference in late February 2014 and the event continues to grow in importance and increased participation by most in the ICT community. Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise, Ovum comments: Ovum attended the RSA conference in late February 2014 and the show continues to grow in importance and increased participation by… Read more

Mike Sapien

Analyst view: Ifetel declares Telmex and Televisa as dominant in their respective markets in Mexico

Following the news that Ifetel has declared Telmex and Televisa as dominant in their respective markets in Mexico, Luca Schiavoni, regulation analyst at Ovum has the following comment: “This decision was largely expected, and is the natural consequence of the recent reforms passed by the newly appointed government. In particular, the measures passed with regard… Read more

Luca Schiavoni

Ovum reflects on the key themes of MWC 2014

Overall, there was nothing bombastic about MWC 2014, according to Ovum’s analysts. The industry praised itself for connecting the world, noting that it contributed $336bn to public funds and supported 10.5 million jobs in 2013. The main call to action was for the industry to invest $1.7tn by 2020 to extend broadband connectivity globally. In… Read more

Emeka Obiodu

Ovum assesses methods to wring last drops of capacity from fiber networks

Ovum has released a new report “Technologies for Terabit Transport”. The analyst firm reports that the vendor and carrier trial activity in 400G and 1 Terabit systems jumped up in the second half of 2013, even as the commercial market for 100G ramps.  But 400G+ capabilities on the market today heavily leverage 100G technology, bundling… Read more

Karen Liu