Mobile VoIP: Choices are Key to Drive Market Share
February 25, 2010
By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor
Singapore-based mobile VoIP provider REVE Systems offers a mobile application that allows any mobile phone to use VoIP – positioning the company to compete in the growing market for mobile calls over all IP-networks.
As the market heats up and significant announcements like Verizon allowing Skype (News - Alert) on its network, some industry insiders are saying this kind of move will help further push the shift toward mobile operators opening their networks to VoIP as a calling option.
To find out more about the market, and where it’s headed, I spoke with REVE Systems CEO, M. Rezaul Hassan.
Our exchange follows:
What are your thoughts on current industry claims? Do you think this is true? Are you seeing the mobile VoIP market start to pick up pace?
We have seen the mobile VoIP market already pick up space with more 3G penetration coming in. Up until now, mobile operators were either blocking, or were indifferent to this. But, VoIP service providers have started adopting mobile VoIP since around last year or so and with major carriers like AT&T, Verizon (News - Alert) and O2 embracing VoIP now – because they’re publicizing it - we do expect that other mobile operators will soon follow suit.
While there will be still carriers that operate in monopoly or closed markets and can afford to not get into this business, in most competitive markets, mobile service providers must offer choices to consumers or stand the risk of losing market share.
Other than the cost savings mobile VoIP can provide for end users, can you talk a little more about the benefits operators and carriers can achieve through mobile VoIP?
Operators are able to drive their 3G / data service offerings in a much bigger way and will see large adoption among long distance customers with mobile VoIP. Also, in many developing economies where ARPU is still below 10$/month, adoption of unlimited data packages will drive more revenues to operators and ultimately help increase ARPU.
Another recent report from IDC (News - Alert) found that mobile workers will grow to about 1.2 billion by the years end thanks to an increasing use of VoIP technology. How can mobile VoIP solutions help further grow this market?
In this age of remote working, multi-location and multi-country teams, economical and always available voice communication, is imperative for business users. Mobile VoIP has the capability to offer unified communication solutions, which are not available in the regular GSM/ CDMA route without data. With Mobile VoIP awareness and usage growing, it will not only be easier, but also more affordable for most remote workers to use this as their primary communication method.
Can you talk a little about REVE Systems mobile VoIP offering and how it’s distinct from the competition?
We offer a private label, Mobile VoIP platform to voice service providers. This allows them to offer mobile VoIP services to their clients, in their own brand and using their own infrastructure.
So, the service provider gets to keep the entire share of revenues from such calls. This is our most significant difference, apart from the user friendliness of the mobile application and ease of use.
Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering voice and Voice over IP technologies. She also oversees production of TMCnet's e-Newsletters in the areas of Internet telephony and speech technology. To read more of Stefania's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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