Posts about Over-the-Top

When you attend telecom conferences as part of your day job as I do, you are frequently subject to the biggest trending spook acronym in the industry: OTT. OTT stands for Over the Top, a rather awkward (in my opinion) denomination for market players who use the Internet (which stands ‘above’ the physical network of telecom operators, at least in the OSI stack) to offer services directly to the telecom operators’ customers.
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It's almost impossible to open a tech publication or even a mainstream publication and not find a discussion about the continued fierce growth in mobile data and hyperbole on the consequences. Only this weekend the FT featured a discussion on the U.K.'s 'capacity crunch' and how networks will (or more to the point, won't) cope in 2030 when we're consuming 300 times more mobile data than today. I'm amazed that some people are already discussing the failure of networks that are eighteen years away.
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Over the weekend I was struck by the fragmentation of TV distribution. On Sunday afternoon, I found my wife with her iPad watching a rerun of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC iPlayer, my son using his iPod Touch to watch an episode of Peppa Pig via Slingbox and myself watching a pay-per-view rugby match. Aside from wondering why we don’t have stock options in Apple, I was struck by the splintering nature of TV consumption.
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Video’s record for causing disruption and widespread panic in the technology and media industry is nothing new. In the 1980s, video was accused of killing the radio star (escaped jail on a technicality). In the 1990s, it was implicated in bringing down cinema (thrown out of court). Yet in 2010, video faces its toughest allegation yet: killing the mobile web.
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