Monday, March 3, 2014

Mobile video monetization and MWC14 wrap up

This year's Mobile World Congress proved itself extremely busy, with many vendors graduating from slides to demos and customer announcements in the mobile video field.

As usual, my "Mobile Video monetization and optimization 2014" report, now in its 3rd edition, will be released at the end of March. It features the dominant market (net neutrality, privacy, sponsored data, service prioritization...) and corresponding technology trends (analytics, big data, NFV, encryption, TCP, web and video optimization, DASH, LTE broadcast, H.265, VP9, SPDY. HTTP 2.0, 4K...) as well as in depth analysis of vendors strategy in this market.


Haven't had a chance to look through all the mobile video related announcements at mobile world congress?

Here is a list of releases issued by some of the companies followed in this blog.

As it is now customary, Allot releases its "mobile trends report" in time for the show. It features a few interesting findings such as the facts that laptop dongle users seem to be more tolerant of stalls than smartphone users, continuing to watch videos after repeated stalls where smartphones tend to stop. Additionally, it shows that in the case of the network studied, the network was inefficiently allocating bandwidth, unable to recognize larger devices, video encoding and hungry video containers to alleviate video stalls...

Avvasi was one of the busiest companies in mobile video, with no less than 4 announcements, including 2 named customers: Video minutes solution launch, Wind Canada customer announcement, Virgin France customer announcement and GSMA award shortlist. The 2 named customers are both for the product launched last year to manage mobile video. Complete analysis of the solution in my report.

Citrix-ByteMobile released its latest Mobile Analytics report at the show as well. Findings include the fact that video constitutes now 32% of social networks traffic and statistics showing that while mobile advertising in 2013 doubled its audience from 2014, only one in twenty subscriber is likely to see today a mobile video ad. In other news, the company launched a new offering in the analytics space with ByteMobile Insight, fruit of a partnership with Zettics. Big data analytics seemed to be a recurring theme with many vendors this year, with virtualization a close second.

Busy with Mobixell Network's acquisition, Flash Networks nonetheless made a noticeable change in its communication and positioning with the launch of its "game changer" campaign and the celebration of Layer8, its successful carrier OTT monetization tool now deployed commercially in several networks.

Openwave Mobility launched a new engagement tool, for customer self care and operator notifications as well as the new release of its media optimization solution.

Opera-Skyfire were not overly present on the PR front, beyond an announcement related to poor video quality in Russia's 3G networks. They will certainly be able to announce new customer wins shortly.

Vantrix made the news with two releases. A follow up to their standing partnership with Kontron on NFV and big data analytics, backed by the customary product new release announcement.

All these companies, together with Affirmed Networks, Connectem, Divi Networks, Ericsson, Huawei, Mahindra Conviva, NSN, Saguna Networks, Vasona Networks... and many others in the "Mobile video monetization and optimization 2014" report.

1 comment:

Jay Hinman said...

Patrick - Opera/Skyfire did release more recent information on mobile video stalling, beyond that of Russia. We have numbers now on India, Indonesia, the US, Brazil and Russia, all in one infographic, as well as consumer research that shows the degree of dissatisfaction in each country:
http://www.operasoftware.com/static-heap/4c/4c0035cd921771c5b1b275ba32e1c7d225a4bd8d/mobile-video-stalling-in-5-countries.jpg