Operators are well aware of the threat that OTT presents, although some of their views--for example, that subscribers only use OTT apps because they are cheap--may be slightly off kilter. Nevertheless, if operators are still in any doubt about the severity of the threat, two reports this week provided some stark figures to illustrate how big a threat OTT is set to become.
Skype will extend its over-the-top calling and messaging application to the BlackBerry 10 platform with the release of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, slated for commercial release early next month.
Microsoft released the latest version of its Skype voice and messaging application for Windows Phone 8 devices, dropping the beta preview tag attached to previous versions of the service.
Microsoft is restoring People Hub integration with the latest version of its Skype application for Windows Phone 8 devices, released today.
French prosecutors are going to investigate Microsoft's Skype's unit at the behest of telecoms regulator Arcep, which accused Skype of failing to register as a telecoms operator.
BARCELONA, Spain--Video chat and instant messaging provider ooVoo said it will overhaul its iOS and Android apps in June in order to improve its user interface and to drum up interest in the company's mobile offerings.
BARCELONA, Spain--The CEOs of two of the world's largest mobile operators explained how they have been responding to the threat of over-the-top service providers like Skype, WhatsApp and others. They also bemoaned regulatory rules they said have hindered their ability to quickly respond to market changes and build lasting business models.
Microsoft's Skype unit grew its international traffic by 44 percent in 2012, more than twice the volume growth achieved by all the phone companies in the world combined, according to a report from TeleGeography. The report found that global Skype usage is now equivalent to over one-third of all international phone traffic, Skype's highest level ever.
International telephone traffic may have grown at a rate of 5 percent in 2012 to 490 billion minutes, but the increasing presence of Skype and other OTT providers poses challenges for traditional long distance providers.
Skype revealed its forthcoming over-the-top calling and messaging application for BlackBerry 10 will be a port of its existing app for Google's Android.