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Reclaiming Mobile Cloud Services from OTTs: Seven Actions Service Providers Can Take to Capture a $60 Billion Opportunity

hagusleoBy Henky Agusleo, Vertical Manager, and Neeraj Arora, Director, IBSG Service Provider – neerarorSingapore

A rapidly expanding, tech-savvy middle class is driving an explosion of connected mobile devices, with close to a billion smartphones and tablets in the world today. These users are looking for new cloud-based “Connected Life” experiences from their mobile devices, creating tremendous opportunities for service providers (SPs). The key is in mobile cloud. The Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) projects a direct worldwide mobile-cloud service opportunity of more than $60 billion by 2016, with an additional cloud pull-through market of $335 billion.

But so far, service providers have not taken the lead in offering cloud-based Connected Life services. That claim belongs to over-the-top (OTT) application developers, content providers, and device manufacturers, such as Google and Apple, who have moved quickly to take the high ground in this market.

OTTs Have First-Mover Advantage

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Online Meetings Just Got Better: WebEx Offers New Lower Price Package

If you aren't using online meetings, you are working too hard.

Taking it online gives you the freedom to do more, work effectively and maybe even get a bit of your life back. With the added convenience of mobile access, recording and Outlook scheduling, using WebEx to host your meetings online is smart.

Unlimited WebEx meetings with up to 8 people just $19/month. Learn more.

While executives are clear they need a powerful communication's arsenal (see report here) smaller businesses and individuals aren'tyet reaping the rewards. WebEx wants to make video conferencing accessible to everyone in any sized company - from the 90% of employees who work offsite cited in the report, to freelancers, home businesses, start-ups and more. Read More »

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Broadband Pricing: Where it is Falling

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

Two reports issued by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in the past few months reveal that concerted efforts of both governments and service providers are combining to make broadband more accessible and affordable, at least for developing countries.

Let's look at the most recent report first.

According to the 2010 ICT Price Basket report, broadband costs around the world have dropped approximately 52 percent between 2008 and 2010 -- compared to a 22 percent drop in prices for mobile cellular services.

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