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Panel Session

PSA2: Telco & OTT

Tuesday, 19 November 2013, 14:15 - 15:45, Jupiter 9
The telecom industry is in a quandary over so-called “OTT services”, especially for voice and messaging. It now seems inevitable that telephony and SMS revenues will decline, but there is no desire to accelerate this. Some operators are partnering with the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook to differentiate, while others are instead lobbying regulators to allow them to block or charge fees to their new rivals. A few with software skills are trying their hands at building their own “Telco-OTT” rivals, while a handful still believe the GSMA’s RCS (Rich Communications Suite) is a saviour. This session explores the options for telcos – and what the changing landscape means for regulators and governments.