Chat Apps Will Disrupt Global Telecoms Sector

Walton, Nigel (2014) Chat Apps Will Disrupt Global Telecoms Sector.

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Abstract

The recent purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook for $19 billion signified a new milestone in the evolution of the mobile Internet as a technology platform. Not only is the new chat app seen as a threat to Facebook’s dominance as the leading social networking platform (hence the astronomical valuation) it is also about to have a highly disruptive impact on the telecoms sector. In just over four years WhatsApp has grown to half the size of Facebook and is projected to reach 1 billion users within the next few years. During this period WhatsApp has destroyed the $120 billion SMS (texting) market and is now planning on disrupting voice mail, the traditional revenue stream of telecoms companies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: HB Economic Theory, HE Transportation and Communications, HF Commerce, T Technology (General)
Members: University of Worcester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2014 00:32
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:14
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/8079

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