Tag: Sponsored data

Sponsored data probe closed by US regulator, no action needed

Sponsored data probe closed by US regulator, no action needed

Written by on February 6, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US telecommunications regulator said on Friday it was closing inquiries into sponsored data programs and TV services offered by AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Comcast Corp, T-Mobile USA Inc without taking any action. Under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission had sent letters raising concerns about whether some data practices […]

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AT&T dodges class action bullet, finds FCC, FTC waiting

AT&T dodges class action bullet, finds FCC, FTC waiting

Written by on March 18, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Customers who planned to sue AT&T will not be able to pursue a class action on unlimited data against the company. Judge Edward Chen of US District Court in Northern California sided with AT&T and agreed to individual customer arbitration for each complaint. AT&Ts original contract states specifically the disputes with AT&T need arbitration on […]

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Verizon launches FreeBee Data sponsored data service

Verizon launches FreeBee Data sponsored data service

Written by on January 19, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc said on Tuesday it launched a beta version of FreeBee Data, a service through which content providers sponsor data services to consumers. FreeBee Data 360 allows content providers to sign up to provide consumers some or all of their mobile content, without using up their data plan, Verizon said. The […]

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Analysis: the real sponsored data opportunity

Analysis: the real sponsored data opportunity

Written by on July 17, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

According to this report/infographic commissioned by vendor Syniverse, Sponsored Data is $6 Billion Opportunity in Asia (by 2019), with consumers willing to accept branded content for free data. They also go on to say that the potential may be as much $23 billion opportunity worldwide. We have covered the sponsored data issue here several times […]

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Is sponsored data dead in the water?

Is sponsored data dead in the water?

Written by on January 21, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Mobile operators are famous for coming up with new and interesting business models and schemes to try to siphon customers away from the competition. T-Mobile’s ‘Uncarrier’ initiative is a great example, as is Sprint’s seemingly constant revamping of its family plans. AT&T is also making bold moves, most recently with its rollover data plan that […]

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It started with Excel

It started with Excel

Written by on September 23, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

It happened with roaming partners and it will happen with OTT partners. In the early days, partnerships were put in place on a case by case basis. Spreadsheets like Excel were widely used. Then, when things got a little more complicated and the number of partners began to increase, vendor relationships were called in and […]

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Do CSPs’ future pivot on OTT collaboration?

Do CSPs’ future pivot on OTT collaboration?

Written by on September 9, 2014 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 1 Comment

The communications industry now realizes that Over the Top (OTT) players can be friends, not foes. Without them CSPs cannot take advantage of the app economy and will lose an opportunity to support an entire digital ecosystem. While they will, without doubt, try to win back dwindling revenues from voice and text that Skype, Viber […]

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OTT players ready to collaborate – but what’s in it for them?

OTT players ready to collaborate – but what’s in it for them?

Written by on August 12, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Our industry is, at last, thinking outside the box. In fact, almost every part of the industry seems to be focused on climbing out of their own box and getting into someone else’s. There doesn’t seem to be a communications player not trying to get into payments, for example, including – we are now beginning […]

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Data is made for sharing – and good business too

Data is made for sharing – and good business too

Written by on July 25, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

The concept of shared data has been around a while. Discussions at conferences revolved around ‘the family’ and a nominal father figure controlling the spending of his family, topping up his daughter’s texts before she went out and limiting his son’s Facebook time after 10 in the evening. Now shared data is here, bigger than […]

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Speed as a platform – discuss

Speed as a platform – discuss

Written by on July 3, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

In the days when personal computers were called personal computers and there were large trade shows dedicated to them, there was an interesting phenomenon. Screens were small but becoming larger, colour screens arrived, speed went from tediously slow to really quite fast. The online world arrived and a familiar sound was the fuzzy whining of […]

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