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I think we will see mobile hotspots as early use-cases, yes. Various reasons for this - firstly they don't tend to move very much, and so things like cell-to-cell handoff are less problematic than they are for phones. There's also probably more tolerance of users for a bit higher latency, heat dissipation etc. And they're just simpler than phones to create, test, support etc. One problem is going to be how they're used though. Typically, people keep them in pockets or bags while switched on. That's OK for lower frequencies, but the much ballyhooed 5G performance will often need mmWave, or at least 3-4GHz bands. mmWave in particular is generally expected to need line-of-sight. If you see any of these being demo'd "in the open", ask to see what happens when they put it in a bag.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2019 on With 5G Pocketspots are Coming Back at VoIPWatch
Got to disagree with you on this one mostly, Andy. I'd completely forgotten that Jajah even had a retail VoIP business, to be honest, and reminding me doesn't change my opinion. I highly doubt that TF bought Jajah on the basis of its ongoing business' forecast future cashflows. I don't know all the full details, but my understanding is that various chunks of Jajah DNA exist inside Telefonica Digital's own VoIP platform used as a basis for the now-defunct TUMe, the current TUGo and other services I've heard talked about. At an analyst event a year or so back I heard the name TUCore as its internal platform, and possible basis for future wholesale deals like the Yahoo one. I'd agree that the price paid looks large now, with hindsight. But it's difficult to know what the value of subsequent accelerated experience has been, or the opportunity costs that would have arisen if they'd chosen a go-it-alone path. I still think Telefonica Digital is the closest I've seen to an operator "getting it right" in OTT communications, especially with the Tokbox acquisition. The fact it's taken a couple of attempts is nothing to be ashamed of - one of the key strategies I recommend for telcos' digital units is being able to accept failure and try again with something different. Contrast that will all the telcos that just play the same broken IMS/RCS record time & again.
I agree in part. I think the most under-rated aspect of WebRTC is its relevance to the media buiness. Most discussion has been about its role in enterprise (eg UC or contact centres) or telcos (extending IMS or Telco-OTT), or more "general web use". Integration with media or TV makes a lot of sense - not just for dropping ads into conference-calls, but also for things like "interactive reality TV" - imagine a million people shouting at the referee, or Simon Cowell, via their tablets or Internet TVs. You can forget about the sending-party pays bit though - that is one of the most mythical beasts in all of telecoms. You'll see WebRTC unicorns before any sort of reverse-data charging. Dean Bubley
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2013 on Why Google Loves WebRTC at VoIPWatch
I reckon it'll appear at roughly the same time on Tizen, BB10 & Android (via Chrome). And of course there's already Ericsson's Bowser around, plus we'll see more app-embedded WebRTC via SDKs from the likes of Hookflash, Phono/Voxeo, Telefonica/TokBox, AddLive etc.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2013 on WebRTC Chatter, Thoughts and More at VoIPWatch
I think the worst part of it is that AT&T has picked a fight over something so irrelevant. The probability of truly mobile video-calling (FaceTime or any other app) becoming widely used is infinitesimally small. Videotelephony has been available on mobile phones for 10 years and it's been uniformly ignored by absolutely everyone. That hasn't been for reasons of usability, price, quality or interoperability - but simply because there are virtually no real-world use-cases. You can't use it if you're walking or driving, it's ergonomically awkward to hold the phone in front of your face (and you have to shout at it) and so on. Virtually nobody will be using FaceTime anywhere that doesn't have WiFi. It's not quite as useless as "see what I see" video-sharing, but it's pretty close. Dean Bubley
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2012 on AT&T's FaceTime Fiasco at VoIPWatch
I think Boingo is in a tight spot. Offering constrained, ad-supported "free" WiFi when there is an explosion of fully-open, fully-free, venue-paid WiFi almost everywhere is a tough model. And "web-only" is actually more frustrating than having none at all. The "managed offload" model for mobile operators is also looking a bit tenuous given the collapse of the spectrum-crunch hype, deployment of small cells & MNOs' own WiFi networks.
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