Week in research: MNCs plan for virtualized applications; Kosovo poised for telco growth

Application performance: MNCs (multi-national corporations) looking to move applications into the cloud say that Web conferencing, video conferencing, and Microsoft applications are the three most likely applications that they would choose to virtualize or shift to a cloud environment, according to a study by Orange Business services. And as 67.6 percent of those surveyed are looking to consolidate data centers and servers within the next two years, application performance planning is taking a higher priority. News release.

Telecom in the Balkans: Kosovo is a potential European Union candidate and a partner in the EU's Stabilization Tracking Mechanism--and has received financial aid to help build its public institutions as well as its economic and legislative framework. The EUR 68.7 million the country is expected to receive in 2011, and the EUR 70 million that may be granted in 2012, along with a liberalized telecom industry, means Kosovo is likely ripe for growth. News release.

VoIP goes big: South Korea's major operators are restructuring to meet demand for services like VoIP as more traditional revenue sources decline. "Although the fixed-line telephone market in South Korea continues to be dominated by the incumbent KT, VoIP services are becoming increasingly popular as operators bundle services in a bid to stop the decline in ARPU. SK Broadband and SK Telecom have kept separate on paper although in practice the companies behave as a full-services operator," Research and Markets says in a press release detailing its latest study. News release.

LTE investments take off: Hang onto your hats in the 4G department--mobile operators are going to start pouring money into LTE equipment, says ABI Research, predicting that many will be writing billion-dollar checks next year. The number of LTE base stations could jump to 600,000 by 2015, they add. News release.