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Data, new revenue sources to make up for OTT messaging impact: analysts

telecom | 01/13/2017 9:24 pm EST

The growth in popularity of over-the-top (OTT) messaging services will cost global mobile network operators over a hundred billion dollars this year, according to Juniper Research Ltd., but some Canadian analysts say the impact will be dampened by increased data usage and new sources of revenue, including uptake in Internet of Things devices (IoT). Released Monday, the white paper projects that the move by consumers to OTT messaging services and social media will cost network operators around the world “nearly $104 billion” in 2017, up 23 per cent from $84 billion last year, which they say is equivalent to 12 per cent of their service revenues. Mobile network operators...