We are off on our winter holiday here at the Voice on Telecom, which means we are looking back at the past year and forward to 2013. It’s amazing how far the telecom world has come since we started writing just a little more than a year ago.
Back then, we wrote our first post about trillions of text messages and, soon after, wondered if Telefónica was “going too far” into digital. And even earlier this year, when we wrote about things like WebRTC, it seemed like we were looking far into the future.
Well, the future has arrived. We’re now talking about WebRTC as a transformational commercial reality, about the cutting edge services introduced fast and furious by Japanese operators, and about smart operators – like Telefónica, among others – that have committed themselves fully to digital services.
One thing that hasn’t changed is our belief that operators remain in an excellent strategic position, whether in billing or M2M or health care or, especially, messaging and voice services. We’ve highlighted these points in our posts looking at Joyn and RCS – which we believe will gain real traction in the market – and VoLTE, which is crucial not just for operators to move to all-IP but can serve as a platform for crucial services like HD voice and video calling.
So we hope to see you in the New Year, when we’ll all have to move faster just to keep up with the changes and innovations that get to the heart of how we all communicate.