Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Device is the Disruption

“Disruption” is the whole reason most companies receive venture capital backing. Disruption largely defines what has been happening in the telecom business for several decades. And yet there is extreme sensitivity about the notion. For good reason, one might argue.

Just one example: Microsoft owns Skype, which soon will be available on every major smart phone operating system used globally. Oddly, Microsoft is the last remaining major OS where Skype has not been supported.

So the irony is that voice revenues, which continue to represent 70 percent to 75 percent of all mobile service revenues, now will start to be challenged by mobile VoIP that is simply built in to the smart phones that represent the industry’s future.

Disruption, in other words, now has become a feature of the very devices the mobile networks themselves depend on for future growth.
Mobile VoIP forecast

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