Mobile Applications: The Future of Voice & Messaging

A session at Mobile World Congress 2012

  • Alistair Mitchell
  • Frederic Huet
  • Kobus Smit

Monday 27th February, 2012

4:00pm to 5:30pm (WET)

Voice and messaging, those most fundamental of all mobile services, are changing. Mobile network operators used to be the undisputed rulers of voice and messaging on the go. Occasionally there was a challenge to their primacy – VoIP made a few headlines and mobile IM was a US frontrunner for a while – but global mobile voice and SMS usage was robust.

However, the popularity of smartphones, wifi offload and unlimited data plans has helped make it cheap and easy for consumers to get their voice and messaging from someone else, and operators have begun to report the impact.

But this isn’t just about a battle between mobile operators and over-the-top players. It’s a story of partnerships and changing consumer behaviours, of richer communications and new business models. This session will bring together key players in this evolving marketplace to ask whether there has been a shift in the balance of power, and what mobile voice and messaging will look like in years to come.

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Tom Christian Gotschalksen

Head of Services, Telenor Comoyo

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Alistair Mitchell

VP of BBM Platform & Integrated Services, RIM

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Talmon Marco

CEO, Viber

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Frederic Huet

Managing Partner, Greenwich Consulting

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Kobus Smit

VP Products & Innovation, Deutsche Telekom

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Jan Koum

CEO, WhatsApp

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Mobile World Congress 2012

Spain Spain, Barcelona

27th February to 1st March 2012

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Time 4:00pm5:30pm WET

Date Mon 27th February 2012


Hall 5, Auditorium 2, Fira Montjuic

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