Author: Anthony Weaver

Ovum Opinion: Apple unlikely to reveal a Netflix copycat on March 25

Apple has called a press release on Monday the 25 of March, at which most observers expect Apple will announce its long-expected video service. Rather than Apple launching a classic Netflix-style subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, all signs point toward a new and enhanced version of Apple’s popular iTunes store and the associated “TV” app for mobiles. More of an update than a new service launch, the new platform will host Apple’s originals and the iTunes transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) store, and it will aggregate a broad range of third-party TV and OTT video services. Apple new service will not be available to non-Apple devices. Apple is also opening iTunes video content for viewing on non-Apple devices through AirPlay 2, which allows playback on third-party smart TVs. Launch is now expected in 1H19 (maybe as early as March), with international rollout from 2H19. Apple makes much more money selling third-party services than it does selling TVOD content in iTunes. In TVOD, according to Ovum analysis, iTunes’ global market share dropped from 70% in 2011 to 22% in 2018 ($1.81bn). Unlike with TVOD, Apple has increased its share of global retail OTT video revenue share, from 5% in 2016 to 10% in 2018. Apple’s aim is clearly to drive device owners back to iTunes, using its original content as a carrot (reportedly originals will be made available free to Apple device owners,...

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128 Technology and Ribbon Announce Integrated SD-WAN and SBC Platform That Delivers Enhanced UC Network Performance and Lower Operational Costs for Service Providers and Enterprises

Combined solution improves network inefficiencies, eliminates security gaps and reduces customer churn BURLINGTON, Mass. – March 18, 2019 – 128 Technology, the leader in Session Smart routing and Ribbon Communications (Nasdaq: RBBN), a global software leader in secure and intelligent cloud communications today announced a new integrated solution that combines 128 Technology’s SD-WAN software with Ribbon’s market-leading session border controller (SBC) technology to help service providers and enterprises cost-efficiently improve network operations. The combined solution is designed to solve many common cloud networking issues including bandwidth inefficiencies, security gaps and high operational costs. The newly integrated solution makes connections to both private and public clouds simpler and more efficient, allowing communications networks and data centers to be easily interconnected to other branches. With Ribbon and 128 Technology’s combined solution, enterprises can utilize any service provider for their voice and data networks to ensure simple, fast and inexpensive deployment. “The integration of 128 Technology’s SD-WAN solution with our SBC Edge devices allows us to deliver a new level of security, reliability and efficiency to enterprise networks” said Tony Scarfo, EVP, Products, R&D, Support and Supply Chain for Ribbon. “Together, we will accelerate the communications transformation from legacy environments to IP-based architecture in the enterprise with a full suite of advanced security and SD-WAN solutions that ensure peak-level performance for business-critical communications and applications.” “Ribbon is the ideal partner to help...

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Kandy Cloud Communications Platform Enables Leading Service Providers to offer Real-Time Communications Services

Tier-one operators such as KPN, The Netherlands’ leading telecom provider, are leveraging the Kandy platform to allow customers to easily embed digital communications into websites, apps and business processes  March 18, 2019 ORLANDO, FL.  – Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN), a global software leader in secure and intelligent cloud communications, today announced that it is working with several leading service providers including KPN, The Netherlands’ leading telecom company, to leverage Ribbon’s Kandy Cloud Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS). Kandy allows KPN and other communications service providers to offer their customers instant access to market-leading WebRTC-based and other collaboration services that can be easily embedded into any app, service, website or business process. KPN is leveraging Kandy for point-to-point WebRTC voice and video capabilities in their new API Store. KPN’s API Store provides a portfolio of reliable and secure APIs for both consumer and business-to-business markets. The key focus areas are communication, authentication, and security. The API Store offers both KPN and KPN partners’ APIs that help businesses move up the innovation curve, transform processes, and increase customer satisfaction. “Ribbon’s Kandy Communications platform enables our customers to easily add high-quality, low-latency voice and video capabilities via our new API Store,” said Anuschka Diderich, Thought Leader API at KPN New Business. “With Kandy we are getting a proven platform that will allow us to deliver the flexible digital building blocks and...

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Lifesize Introduces New Icon 300 and Icon 500 to Bring 4K Video Conferencing and Content Sharing to Meeting Spaces of All Sizes

Next-generation cloud solutions make 4K-quality video conferencing and collaboration a reality for small and mid-sized meeting rooms London, UK — March 18, 2019 — Lifesize®, a global innovator of video collaboration and meeting productivity solutions, today announced its newIcon 300 and Icon 500 meeting room systems, the latest in Lifesize’s family of next-generation devices. Purpose-built for Lifesize’s cloud-based video conferencing service, the Icon 300 and Icon 500 expand Lifesize’s portfolio of 4K-capable solutions, bringing immersive collaboration experiences to smaller huddle rooms and mid-sized meeting spaces as organisations expand video conferencing beyond the boardroom. Frost and Sullivan estimate that there are more than 32 million huddle rooms worldwide; however, less than two percent of rooms are video-enabled today. With huddle-room meetings predicted to represent almost 70 percent of all video conferencing meetings by 2022, organisations are rapidly looking to deploy cost-effective solutions designed to improve internal and external video collaboration and content sharing in these smaller meeting spaces. “Today, meetings are becoming shorter, more frequent and less structured, with workers joining remotely and collaboration happening when work dictates instead of during pre-scheduled intervals,” said Craig Malloy, Lifesize CEO. “Smaller meeting spaces and huddle rooms play a critical role in organic collaboration, but they are lacking technologically when compared to larger meeting spaces. To bring video collaboration to the entire business, organisations need cost-effective ways to provide employees with video quality that rivals the in-room meeting experience coupled with...

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