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Global Telecoms - OTT and Industry Transformation

Telecoms Investment Research Note

It has become clear that OTT is ‘the new normal’ for the telecoms industry - with the emerging all-IP networks; telecoms services are basically moving to an OTT model. These services are seen as a threat by the traditional network operators and the companies offering them are perceived to be getting a free lunch over their networks – the European telcos are calling for international regulation. This report explores the issues surrounding OTT developments in the telecoms sector and the industry transformation BuddeComm believes is required for the future.

Key developments:

At the CITI State of Telecom 2012 conference the issues surrounding OTT models were explored. OTT is the services model for the future for communications and media services, as well as a whole range of new ones, such as e-health, e-education, smart grids and the digital economy in general. It was a disappointment in late 2012 that the treaty on International Telecommunications regulations (ITRs) that had been under negotiation for two weeks at the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) was not acceptable to 55 countries, and that, as a consequence, these countries did not sign the final version of the international treaty (89 did sign).


1. Synopsis
2. Transforming the telecoms industry
2.1 Telcos still ignoring industry transformation
3. Telcos have already lost the current OTT battle
3.1 Infrastructure investment models are stuck
3.2 Is the WCIT indeed wicked?
4. What will be driving these new investments?
4.1 It is not about speed – it’s about ‘big data’
5. How to move forward?
6. Related reports
Exhibit 1 – Telstra leading the global telco move towards the OTT model
Exhibit 2 – WCIT-12 disappoints, more work to be done
Exhibit 3 – Telcos under threat

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