|By Business Wire||
|December 17, 2012 10:00 PM EST||
CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGS), a global provider of software and services-based business support solutions that help clients generate revenue and maximize customer relationships, announced the results of a research initiative conducted by CSG International in partnership with Bangalore-based analyst and research firm, Tonse Telecom.
In a joint research project, CSG and Tonse Telecom interviewed more than forty senior leaders across the cable industry and over 180 cable end-users across the now digitized metros to study the impact of the digitization of the cable industry in India. Following the digitization deadline imposed on four key metros – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai – CSG hosted the first in a series of VIP Cable Luncheons, bringing together more than sixty cable industry operators, leaders, experts, analysts and media including multi-system and local cable operators, broadcasters, content providers and set-top box suppliers to hear the results of the 2012 Cable Digitization Research Study.
Held in Mumbai, the event also included key note presentations from Ms Roop Sharma, President of the Cable Operators Federation of India; Ltd. Col. (Ret’d) V C Khare, Cable Industry Expert and Advisor; Mr K V Seshasayee, Cable Industry Board Member & Mentor; Mr Sridhar T. Pai, CEO and Founder of Tonse Telecom; and Mr Dwayne Ruffin, Senior Vice President of Market Development at CSG International.
Presented by Mr Pai and revealed for the first time, some of the key findings included:
- Cable operators are expecting a 10% loss of their subscriber base to Direct-To-Home suppliers
- Once the supply chain is stabilized, cable operators are hopeful that Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) will increase by up to 30%
- MSOs (Multi-Systems Operators) are aware they need to acquire the skills to not only deliver the services but to develop a greater appreciation of their customers with more sophisticated marketing and quality customer service
- 95% of cable end-consumers were supportive of digitization, however just 30% expected to have to pay more
- The average number of channels available to digital cable subscribers is approximately 300 with almost all respondents indicating they watched less than 12 channels on a regular basis
- Only 7% of the total survey sample believed the digital experience will not be superior to analog.
All event delegates received a copy of the Key Findings Report which details the results and in-market context for the findings, now available to the public at http://www.csgi.com/resources.
“The region is in the midst of change that is both challenging and extremely exciting. CSG has enabled North American leading multi-channel video providers like Comcast, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable to transform their offerings both through technology and customer experience solutions,” said Dwayne Ruffin, CSG International’s Senior Vice President of Market Development. “As we look at the activities that are taking place in India, we know that our 30 years of experience in helping companies navigate these challenges is unmatched and will be highly beneficial to operators.”
Ms Roop Sharma, President of the Cable Operators Federation of India, spoke about her concerns in relation to the nation-wide digitization deadline of December 2014. “This truly is a mammoth task. Every stakeholder is important and there must be respect for each other. If tariff and infrastructure issues and logistics can be resolved and the cable industry can follow and build a Telecom infrastructure; then I believe nation-wide digitization is possible,” Ms Sharma said.
“With primary customer contact now in the hands of MSOs, it will be imperative that customer satisfaction is upheld in order to avoid subscriber losses to the Direct-To-Home players. Technology has a large role to play here and can be the difference between losing, retaining or growing subscribers and importantly revenues,” added Mr Ruffin.
During the luncheon’s Question & Answer panel discussion, it was revealed that the freedom to choose personalized product bundles can be expected to increase customer satisfaction however, understanding and adapting to these individual preferences will be the key to establishing longstanding and profitable relationships with cable customers.
“The survey gave evidence to the fact that cable service providers need to transform the way in which they offer new services and support to their customers. CSG and Tonse Telecom will be embarking on a follow-up research initiative in 2013 to determine how successful this has been operationally, on the market in general and specifically for the end-users,” said Mr Pai.
Drawing on over 25 years of experience and expertise providing customers with world-class licenses and SaaS based products and solutions, CSG’s billing, customer care and business optimization platform is the premier system for Cable/DBC Communication Service Providers in North America. This pre-integrated platform is relied upon every day to support more than 48 million subscribers of convergent voice, video and data services and used by more than 40,000 customer service agents.
About CSG International
CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGS) is a market-leading business support solutions and services company serving the majority of the top 100 global communications service providers, including leaders in fixed, mobile and next-generation networks such as AT&T, Comcast, DISH Network, France Telecom, MasterCard, Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Time Warner Cable, Vodafone, Vivo and Verizon. With over 25 years of experience and expertise in voice, video, data and content services, CSG International offers a broad portfolio of licensed and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based products and solutions that help clients compete more effectively, improve business operations and deliver a more impactful customer experience across a variety of touch points. For more information, visit our website at www.csgi.com.
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
Jun. 28, 2016 12:45 PM EDT Reads: 922
Creating replica copies to tolerate a certain number of failures is easy, but very expensive at cloud-scale. Conventional RAID has lower overhead, but it is limited in the number of failures it can tolerate. And the management is like herding cats (overseeing capacity, rebuilds, migrations, and degraded performance). Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for the HGST Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, discusse...
Jun. 28, 2016 12:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,002
University of Colorado Athletics has selected FORTRUST, Colorado’s only Tier III Gold certified data center, as their official data center and colocation services provider, FORTRUST announced today. A nationally recognized and prominent collegiate athletics program, CU provides a high quality and comprehensive student-athlete experience. The program sponsors 17 varsity teams and in their history, the Colorado Buffaloes have collected an impressive 28 national championships. Maintaining uptime...
Jun. 28, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 535
It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, a Developer Advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services, discussed...
Jun. 28, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 892
Connected devices and the industrial internet are growing exponentially every year with Cisco expecting 50 billion devices to be in operation by 2020. In this period of growth, location-based insights are becoming invaluable to many businesses as they adopt new connected technologies. Knowing when and where these devices connect from is critical for a number of scenarios in supply chain management, disaster management, emergency response, M2M, location marketing and more. In his session at @Th...
Jun. 28, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,101
The pace of innovation, vendor lock-in, production sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and managing risk… In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dan Choquette, Founder of RackN, discussed how CIOs are challenged finding the balance of finding the right tools, technology and operational model that serves the business the best. He also discussed how clouds, open source software and infrastructure solutions have benefits but also drawbacks and how workload and operational portability between vendors ...
Jun. 28, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 977
Dialogic has announced that ZVRS chose Dialogic® PowerMedia™ XMS software media server as part of its latest video relay and translation service offering. ZVRS uses Dialogic’s PowerMedia XMS technology to provide a robust solution that supports a broad range of legacy devices and any-to-any video capabilities with its flagship Z70 videophone. ZVRS selected Dialogic’s solution to facilitate a release of Z70 that met its stringent requirements for legacy device support (H.263 and H.264) with high...
Jun. 28, 2016 11:59 AM EDT Reads: 173
The initial debate is over: Any enterprise with a serious commitment to IT is migrating to the cloud. But things are not so simple. There is a complex mix of on-premises, colocated, and public-cloud deployments. In this power panel at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Partnerships at Commvault; Dave Landa, Chief Operating Officer at kintone; William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interou...
Jun. 28, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 939
Predictive analytics tools monitor, report, and troubleshoot in order to make proactive decisions about the health, performance, and utilization of storage. Most enterprises combine cloud and on-premise storage, resulting in blended environments of physical, virtual, cloud, and other platforms, which justifies more sophisticated storage analytics. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Peter McCallum, Vice President of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor, discussed using predictive analytics to mon...
Jun. 28, 2016 10:39 AM EDT Reads: 266
Basho Technologies has announced the latest release of Basho Riak TS, version 1.3. Riak TS is an enterprise-grade NoSQL database optimized for Internet of Things (IoT). The open source version enables developers to download the software for free and use it in production as well as make contributions to the code and develop applications around Riak TS. Enhancements to Riak TS make it quick, easy and cost-effective to spin up an instance to test new ideas and build IoT applications. In addition to...
Jun. 28, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 427
What does it look like when you have access to cloud infrastructure and platform under the same roof? Let’s talk about the different layers of Technology as a Service: who cares, what runs where, and how does it all fit together. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Lead Technology Evangelist at SoftLayer, an IBM company, spoke about the picture being painted by IBM Cloud and how the tools being crafted can help fill the gaps in your IT infrastructure.
Jun. 28, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 861
Apixio Inc. has raised $19.3 million in Series D venture capital funding led by SSM Partners with participation from First Analysis, Bain Capital Ventures and Apixio’s largest angel investor. Apixio will dedicate the proceeds toward advancing and scaling products powered by its cognitive computing platform, further enabling insights for optimal patient care. The Series D funding comes as Apixio experiences strong momentum and increasing demand for its HCC Profiler solution, which mines unstruc...
Jun. 28, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 293
Digital Initiatives create new ways of conducting business, which drive the need for increasingly advanced security and regulatory compliance challenges with exponentially more damaging consequences. In the BMC and Forbes Insights Survey in 2016, 97% of executives said they expect a rise in data breach attempts in the next 12 months. Sixty percent said operations and security teams have only a general understanding of each other’s requirements, resulting in a “SecOps gap” leaving organizations u...
Jun. 28, 2016 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,136
[session] The Factory of the Future, Today By @Cisco | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData #DigitalTransformation
IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often ...
Jun. 28, 2016 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 413
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his Day 2 Keynote at @ThingsExpo, Henrik Kenani Dahlgren, Portfolio Marketing Manager at Ericsson, discussed how to plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change t...
Jun. 28, 2016 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,277
Edge Hosting has announced a partnership with and the availability of CloudFlare, a web application firewall, CDN and DDoS mitigation service. “This partnership enhances Edge Hosting’s world class, perimeter layer, application (layer 7) defensive mechanism,” said Mark Houpt, Edge Hosting CISO. “The goal was to enable a new layer of customer controlled defense and compliance through the application of DDoS filters and mitigations, the web application firewall (WAF) feature and the added benefit ...
Jun. 28, 2016 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 529
"Avere Systems is a hybrid cloud solution provider. We have customers that want to use cloud storage and we have customers that want to take advantage of cloud compute," explained Rebecca Thompson, VP of Marketing at Avere Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jun. 28, 2016 09:26 AM EDT Reads: 295
"A lot of times people will come to us and have a very diverse set of requirements or very customized need and we'll help them to implement it in a fashion that you can't just buy off of the shelf," explained Nick Rose, CTO of Enzu, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jun. 28, 2016 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,143
You are moving to the Cloud. The question is not if, it’s when. Now that your competitors are in the cloud and lapping you, your “when” better hurry up and get here. But saying and doing are two different things. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Robert Reeves, CTO of Datical, explained how DevOps can be your onramp to the cloud. By adopting simple, platform independent DevOps strategies, you can accelerate your move to the cloud. Spoiler Alert: He also makes sure you don’t...
Jun. 28, 2016 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,027
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Jun. 28, 2016 08:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,206