Webinar: OTT Voice and Messaging: The future of Telecom

Now available on-demand |  Duration: 1 hour
Hosted by:
Sean Buckley, Senior Editor,

Facetime, Google Hangouts, click-to-call and free texting apps. When there is an app for everything and a phone becomes less of a "thing" and more of a capability embedded in something else, what does the future hold for providers of traditional telecom services?

Take just one look at any of the traditional telco's earnings and it's pretty easy to see POTS line revenues and subscribers continue to dwindle due to wireless voice substitution, the defection to a cable operator or, as is becoming more and more the norm, a movement to over the top (OTT) providers, where services are carried "over the top" of another carrier's network, without the provider actively involved in the network's operations. The openness and availability of the Internet, and its increasing bandwidth for fixed and mobile users, have made OTT possible, creating new, disruptive markets where application developers can compete. OTT voice and messaging give developers the ability to cost-effectively and efficiently incorporate calling and messaging into their end-user applications.

While there has been a fare share of failed OTT VoIP players, there have been success stories too, with OTT players like Pinger and Skype finding a growing niche. Plus it is no longer a stretch to expect hosted VoIP providers to get into the OTT game. What will this future look like and what can traditional telecom providers do to stay competitive - both for busineOss and residential customers?

In this webinar we'll address the following issues:

  • When does OTT voice become the default service and at what point does the notion of "selling" dial tone become as archaic as a floppy disk?
  • What's the role of SMS in VoIP and how can they seamlessly deliver those services over a wireline and wireless-based phone.
  • How can an OTT provider build a successful and profitable business model?
  • Where do traditional telephone operators fit in and how can they profit from delivering or partnering with OTT VoIP players?
  • What are the regulatory challenges in being an OTT VoIP provider?
  • What are OTT providers doing to comply with 9-1-1 rules, including potential requirements to support text to 9-1-1?

Featured Speakers:

Aaron Blazar, Vice President, ATLANTIC-ACM
Aaron Blazar works as a vice president for ATLANTIC-ACM on projects ranging from market sizing and forecasting to corporate strategy covering both the wireline and wireless telecom markets.

T.R. Missner, Head of Telephony, Firespotter Labs / UberConference
At Firespotter T.R. is responsible for Telephony Network Engineering and Operations. T.R. is an expert in VoIP / SIP and mobile communications technology.

Mikhail Nekorystnov, Sr. director VoIP Operations, RingCentral
In RingCentral Mikhail leads a team of bright individuals to create and operate a unique telephony infrastructure which serves hundreds of thousands world-wide customers.

Steve Leonard, GM and EVP of the Wholesale & Enterprise Division, Bandwidth
Prior to joining Bandwidth, Steve was General Manager of Motricity's (ticker: MOTR) Off-Deck Division, a leading provider of mobile solutions to carriers, media companies, and application developers.