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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

Analyst view: Windows XP finally expires

A significant chapter in the history of the PC comes to an end today as Microsoft ceases “Extended Support” for Windows XP, meaning there will be no new security updates from the vendor. However, millions of PCs are estimated to be running Windows XP as support comes to an end, and this can only mean… Read more

Richard Edwards

Ovum and Informa Telecoms & Media Research to merge

Informa businesses combine to create the world’s largest telecoms research firm and leading advisor across IT, telecoms and media markets London, 7 April 2014 – Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) Research, both divisions of Informa plc, today announce their intention to combine under the Ovum brand, to create the world’s largest telecoms industry… Read more

Steve Hotham

Ovum estimates home-based agents to increase to 160,000 by 2017

The total number of outsourced agents working at home will soon exceed 100,000 globally, and the variety of industries that are availing themselves of this business model is expanding, according to global analyst firm Ovum. Peter Ryan, principal analyst in Ovum’s IT Services practice and author of the report, comments: “Outsourced home-based agents are starting… Read more

Peter Ryan

Ovum comments: SAP and Adobe to jointly resell Adobe Marketing Cloud

SAP and Adobe have announced a joint venture that will see SAP reselling Adobe Marketing Cloud. SAP and Adobe will invest joint development resources for additional product integration and marketing funds for joint co-marketing activities. Retail, consumer packaged goods (CPG), and telecommunications will be some industry sectors targeted first by the partnership. Gerry Brown, senior… Read more

Gerry Brown

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

Increase in financial markets IT spending points to end of credit crunch

After a few tumultuous years following the banking crisis, IT tech spending in the financial markets is set to rise, according to new research from Ovum*. There is a consensus across the capital markets, corporate banking and asset management that tech spending will grow between now and 2018, with overall financial markets spending exceeding US$100bn… Read more

Daniel Mayo

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