Report: Wireless Operators to Up Real-Time Video9 Feb, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
Over the next two years, more and more American wireless operators will be offering real-time video services, according to a new research report from media processing company Global IP Solutions and consulting firm Ovum.
Ovum analyst Mark Radoff said operators realize real-time video and VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) will continue to develop as the networks grow. He said that larger carriers, like Verizon and AT&T, can afford to license content with TV networks, while smaller operators will have to rely on users being able to freely access the Internet.
“They view the opening up of the Internet as their way to compete,” he said.
The report found that 50% of United States wireless operators will have real-time video services in the next two years.
“While only AT&T Wireless has thus far launched a video conferencing service, most hint that the service is coming,” the report reads.
The report cited AT&T’s Video Share service, available anywhere there is 3G coverage, as an example of such service.