WebRTC from the Service Provider Prism

Webinar Heads-up: WebRTC from the Service Provider Prism

At the end of September I hosted Dean Bubley for a Webinar talking about what WebRTC means for service providers, its possible impact on them and the way they do innovation.

In the next Webinar will be looking again at the service providers but from a different angle. We will discuss the impact of WebRTC on service providers and the services they should be providing. The Webinar will take place on October 23rd and this time we will have 2 speakers, one of them representing a service provider.

WebRTC from the Service Provider Prism

As we are having our final internal discussions and presentation fine-tuning to be ready for next week I thought this is a good time to give some heads-up on what you should expect to hear on this Webinar.

What to expect

First speaker is Victor Pascual Avila who is already well known here on the Upperside Webinars. Victor who works closely with vendors and service providers will give his view about the challenges WebRTC imposes on service providers. He will discuss the developers needs and in this context, API integration with existing systems.

To this we will add the actual view of a service provider presented by Sebastian Schumann. Sebastian from Slovak Telecom will review the actual approaches Slovak Telecom has taken to WebRTC, both in IMS and non-IMS scope.

As an opening, I will review the different approaches service providers can take with WebRTC and where value can be realized.

As always, we will have a few poll questions and share their results.

I invite you to take a minute and register for one of the 2 live sessions we will have on October 23rd.

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Service Provider & Telco Winning WebRTC Strategy

Webinar Takeaways: WebRTC for Telcos and Service Providers

As part of the Upperside WebRTC Webinars series I had the pleasure of hosting Dean Bubley for a Webinar about WebRTC for Service Providers & Telcos.

Speaking with service providers, I hear debates concerning the “right” approach to WebRTC. Is it a new enemy or maybe an opportunity? As Dean explained in the Webinar, service providers have reached peak revenue for their voice, SMS and MMS services as they are today and this is expected to further decline, the search for new sources of revenue is vital for their survival.

From this fact stems the theme of the rest of the Webinar looking at:

  • Communications services in general
  • Key use-cases for WebRTC
  • Possible strategies service providers can take
  • Things service providers are doing with WebRTC today
  • How should WebRTC be handled internally at the service providers and why this is important for their success adoption of it

Slides of the webinar can be found on SlideShare and a recording is available as well.

We had 2 poll questions during the Webinar. Answers to the first one are very interesting; audience in both sessions (EMEA & APAC, US) thought enterprise services is the winning strategy for service providers with WebRTC. To me this is kind of a “follow the money” strategy which is valid and realistic. The question we didn’t ask and I would love to get your thought on in comments for this post is – are enterprises services in the realm of collaboration and UC or are they services embedded in different enterprise applications?

Poll questions and results are presented below. You can toggle between EMEA and US.

Note: You can safely assume that audience in EMEA and US is not 100% pure from those territories; it was just 2 live sessions with no limitation who joins from which region.

Second poll question was:

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Ericsson Research Releases Bowser and OpenWebRTC as Open Source

Ever since releasing Bowser, the world’s first mobile WebRTC browser, to the public in 2012 Ericsson has been asked to share our implementation. Today it’s happening!

Today, Ericsson is not only releasing Bowser as free and Open Source but also the underlying cross-platform WebRTC framework called OpenWebRTC.


Bowser is currently the only WebRTC browser on iOS.

OpenWebRTC is a flexible cross-platform WebRTC client framework that can be used to build both native WebRTC apps and browser back-ends.

OpenWebRTC has been developed and used internally at Ericsson Research over the last few years. It has been used to build several research prototypes such as Field Service Support using Google Glass and Remote Control of an Excavator.

OpenWebRTC is built on the belief that the WebRTC standard would transcend the pure browser environment and that native apps, implementing the same protocols and API’s, would become an important part of the WebRTC ecosystem. This is especially true on mobile platforms where native app distribution is often preferred over pure web apps.

Having independent, interoperable, implementations is important for the health of any standard, and WebRTC is no exception. Both IETF and W3C require it as part of the standards process. The ambition of OpenWebRTC is to follow the WebRTC standard closely as it continues to evolve.

WebRTC web apps running in Bowser as well as other applications built on top of OpenWebRTC will be interoperable with WebRTC enabled browsers such as Chrome and Firefox. With support for both H.264 and VP8 video codecs OpenWebRTC is compatible with most video communication services without the need for costly transcoding. Support for iOS, Android, Mac OS X and Linux is built right in.

The WebRTC standard is still evolving and developers are finding new ways of using the technology every day. Ericsson hopes that by releasing OpenWebRTC and Bowser as Open Source, the pace of innovation in the WebRTC community will quicken even further.

Read more in the press release: http://www.ericsson.com/news/1860225


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