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At Carriers World 2015 and the accompanying IPX Summit, Ovum uncovered a number of ways for IPX providers to use interworking and interoperability to enable MNOs to compete against OTT providers.


  • Mobile operators struggling to compete with OTTs need support in international interconnectivity and roaming structures to deliver innovative pricing plans and new retail services.
  • The transcoding capabilities used to maintain ubiquity in voice represent a new revenue stream for IPX providers when attached to new types of retail service.
  • Local breakout for VoLTE represents a natural entry point for IPX providers looking to introduce interoperability services.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the impact OTT services are having on roaming and international voice revenues.
  • Explains how IPX providers can help MNOs launch communication services that interoperate globally without needing standards that take years to refine.

Key questions answered

  • How much are OTTs impacting on MNOs' international and roaming traffic and revenue?
  • How can IPX providers help MNOs launch new services that can compete with and differentiate from OTTs?
  • Which type of IPX provider is most able to develop solutions to help MNOs compete with OTTs?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

IPX providers’ role in enabling new MNO services

  • Selling transcoding as a value-added service
  • The Internet of Things will drive demand for transcoding
  • RCS as an infrastructure platform
  • IPX providers should give up their waiting games
  • Stepping stones to new interoperability-based IPX service platforms
  • PCRF interoperability for local breakout offers a first step
  • Not all IPX providers are created equal


  • Further reading
  • Author

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