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When Facebook decided to invest a cool $19 billion ($16 billion upfront) for messaging app WhatsApp the entire world was bound to take notice. Telecommunications types, in particular, were keen to understand how this latest move would impact them as mobile operators have been feeling the heat from over the top (OTT) players like Google and Facebook for years. (To put this $19 billion in perspective, AT&T, one of the world's largest telecom carriers, invests about $20 billion in networks and spectrum in an entire year.) Shortly thereafter, in another surprise move and with the dust not quite settled on WhatsApp, Facebook picked up virtual reality startup Oculus Rift for $2 billion. This left many in the industry wondering what exactly was going on. While WhatsApp and Facebook's previous acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion were in keeping with its social network r... (more)

Internet of Things Becomes High Fashion By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Catch up with all the news from Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) by reading parts one, two and three of this series. The recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 saw innovations in the worlds of cloud, mobile, social and global connectivity, but new developments in personal technology and security really drove home how the increasingly connected technology sphere is impacting users on an individual level. Below are a few examples of these trends. Wearables become fashion accessories Wearable technology was dominant at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , and... (more)

What Does Doorstep Milk Delivery Have in Common with Subscriptions?

Some of our customers and billing industry contacts are somewhat intrigued (or even bemused) by the upsurge in attention being given to the concept of "subscriptions". Some are concerned that they're missing something because, after all, subscriptions have been business-as-usual for most of us for years. So why all the fuss? Does the growth of subscription-type services delivered over the Internet indicate there's some exciting new business model out there? Are we seeing fundamental changes in the way companies are doing business? Part of the mythology surrounding subscription s... (more)

Are You Ready for Change, Competition and Coopetition?

In the last MetraTech blog I introduced you to the Conferencing and Collaboration (C&C) market and highlighted the way in which C&C players uniquely approach the market. I challenged you to think about what was possible if IT didn't have "no" in their vocabulary; to imagine the possibilities of empowering product management teams to conceive of and roll out new services; providing an enterprise sales team with the ability to negotiate tailored agreements with enterprise customers and partners; eliminating the need to worry about how the billing system could turn a tailored agre... (more)

SDN: Evolution to Special Purpose Clouds Challenges Traditional OSS/BSS

In just a few short recent years the idea of software-defined networks (SDN) has moved from a theoretical academic concept to a real-life practical proposition for making the world's telecommunications networks more efficient, cost-effective, easier to manage and resilient. The SDN concept really started to take shape around 2008 [1], Google and Facebook have already implemented important features of SDN in their own networks. Now most major carriers are planning to move in the SDN direction, for example Deutsche Telekom [2, 3] and more recently AT&T [3] to reduce high operationa... (more)