Dominasi Industri Telekomunikasi Bergerak oleh Operator Telekomunikasi apakah akan segera Berakhir?

Kongres Dunia Layanan Telekomunikasi Bergerak atau Mobile World Congress akan segera dibuka besok pagi, Senin 27 Februari 2012 di Barcelona, Spanyol. Beberapa isyu penting yang akan menjadi pembahasan menarik pada Kongres kali ini ada beberapa, diantaranya adalah perkiraan akan berakhirnya dominasi perkembangan industri layanan bergerak oleh operator telokomunikasi akan mulai berakhir, dengan makin banyak munculnya para penyelenggara  layanan “Over-the-Top (OTT)”  yang menuai penghasilan sangat besar tanpa harus investasi infrastruktur jaringan telekomunikasi yang makin dituntut untuk menyediakan kapasitas layanan data yang makin bertambah besar.

Di Era jaringan All IP Next Generation Networks, maka peran intelejensi jaringan akan bergeser dari intelejensi jaringan di pusat jaringan akan bergeser menuju ke intelijensi jaringan di pinggiran jaringan, atau malah ada di perangkat terminal, yaitu ponsel canggih, iPad, Galaxy Tab, iPhone, BlackBerry dan sebagainya. Model layanan tidak lagi berbasis “operator-centric”, melainkan dikendalikan oleh software aplikasi yang ada di jaringan maupun di perangkat terminal. Mereka yang dapat mengendalikan intelijen jaringan inilah yang akan dapat meraih penghasilan yang besar.

Perangkat terminal atau ponsel akan makin canggih karena dilengkapi dengan Chiptset Quadcore, mendukung berbagai sistem operasi Apple, Android, Windows Mobile, modem LTE/4G, WiFi. Hubungan antara Desktop OS dan Mobile OS diperkirakan akan semakin erat, sebagaimana dicita-citakan oleh Microsoft. Di-isyukan pula bahwa Microsoft akan meluncurkan Windows Store, menyaingi Apple Store dan Android Market.

Kehadiran Chipset baru quadcore akan menyedot isi battery lebih cepat, sehingga perangkat posel canggih itu akan memerulkan recharging battery.

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Is this the beginning of the end for the operator-focused mobile industry? Is this the last stand for the incumbent telcos as they fight off wave after wave of enemy forces going ‘over the top’? Has the operator-centric model had its day?

Attendees to the 2012 Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona next week have the chance to find out for themselves. True, the planned strike by the public transport workers will ensure that visitors will be pretty glum and in no mood for forced celebrations and bonhomie. Tonterías will not be tolerated this year. But judging by the deluge of invitations and press releases we’ve received in the lead up to the event, there will still be plenty to see and discuss.

And so, in no particular order, here are some of the issues and topics that we feel will be worth investigating. For those of you not attending this year, we’ll have our usual daily NewsDesk shows, plus plenty of interviews and panel discussions to view in the week after the event.

Have the mobile operators rediscovered the appeal of the enterprise? The feeling is that there will be less focus on the consumer at this year’s MWC, and more on the enterprise. About time too. MWC’s flirtation with the consumer sector – driven, of course, by the exhibitors and their press launch schedules – was always at odds with the origins of the event, and resulted in the majority of vendors (with their decidedly un-media friendly products) feeling as if they were being sidelined. There will always be a major handset announcement or two, but it would be good to regain some perspective.

And talking of handsets… ZTE announced today they will unveil eight new devices, including a quad-core smartphone. They will feature including multi-core chipsets, LTE, 4G radio and support Android and Windows Phone platforms (their press release states “Windows Mobile platform”, which we hope is an error on their part. We’ve heard of backwards compatibility, but this is ridiculous!). ZTE also says its ambition is “to become a top three handset provider by 2015”. An impossible task, we feel… Watch out for new LG phones as well.

2012 has to be the year for Microsoft to propel its Windows Phone operating system into the top three. Nokia’s Lumia range might have received some good press coverage, but they don’t appear to have shifted as many units as was hoped, and after all, it’s just one range (three models announced so far) from one manufacturer. What’s needed is more OEM support, to give consumers a greater choice.

Rumour has it that Microsoft will reveal its consumer preview of Windows 8 next week. There is expected to be greater tie-in between the desktop OS and the mobile OS, which could well help Microsoft’s cause. Also look out for the rumoured launch of the Windows Store, and, dare we hope, an iPad version of Office (Microsoft deny this, but then they would)?

We’ve been tipped the wink that there will be some other interesting smartphone announcements, including operator own-brand devices and low-cost smartphones. The news is embargoed, but should hit the wires on Monday.

According to Berg insight in a release today, shipments of dual-core smartphones reached 60 million units worldwide in 2011. As quad-core processors gradually find their way into high-end devices, adoption of dual-core processors will accelerate in the mid-range smartphone segment. Multi-core kills the battery like nothing else. But so what? We all have to recharge our handsets every night, so do we no longer care? Multi-core, GPS, LTE… a battery’s worst nightmare. If you don’t already recharge your phone every night, you’re going to have to soon.

But back to the enterprise and some of the most promising vertical sectors. It’s good to see a major presence from Ford Motors this year, including its Chairman and CTO. Ford have been doing great things with the ‘connected car’ in the US market and are poised to roll out enhancements to Europe this year.

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