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Telecom Companies Changing How We Connect

Telecom Disruptors

Small Telecom 'Disruptors' Defying the Odds
CNBC's Julia Boorstin takes a look at how small companies like Kymeta, Twilio, WhatsApp, and LiveU, are putting pressure on established telecom giants.
  • Zuckerberg says WhatsApp worth more than $19B Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 3:25 PM ET
    Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

    In the keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, Mark Zuckerberg also indicated that he's probably done with deals for a while.

  • Busting the Telecom Monopoly, With a 99-Cent App Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:11 PM ET

    Disruptors are dialing up the pressure in telecom, overcoming the high barriers to entry in one of the market's most capital-intensive industries.

  • Boku Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:59 AM ET

    A mobile billing system eliminating the need for debit and credit cards in online purchases by billing directly to mobile phone numbers.

  • Kymeta Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:58 AM ET

    A scalable satellite solution for continuous, high-quality broadband access anywhere in the world, including in transit situations, air, land and sea.

  • LiveU Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:56 AM ET

    Broadcast quality video over cellular technology for live transmission in standard definition and high definition globally.

  • Twilio Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:57 AM ET

    A cloud-based platform that allows developers and businesses lacking any physical telecom infrastructure to create scalable communications systems.

  • WhatsApp Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:55 AM ET

    An unlimited text, audio and video messaging app that works with any existing mobile plan.

  • LiveU Disrupts What You View     Friday, 7 Jun 2013 | 6:49 AM ET

    Avi Cohen, LiveU COO & co-founder, explains how his company is changing the television business by broadcasting anywhere.

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Videos

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

The "Squawk on the Street" news team discuss the IPO of cloud storage firm Box. CNBC's Jim Cramer breaks down competition in the cloud space.

Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 7:41 AM ET

Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, discusses the growing trend among some consumers to bypass banks and borrow money directly from individuals.

Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 8:39 AM ET

Quirky CEO and founder Ben Kaufman explains how his manufacturing company helps businesses fund the invention process and demonstrates several of this season's top gadgets.

Industries

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Most Popular Video

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

GM unveils new models, hopes for strong sales this year After massive recalls, General Motors is pushing forward with new car models unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. CNBC's Phil LeBeau explains.

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke challenges Raghuram Rajan, Reserve Bank of India governor on his views about monetary policies, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

Jonathan Geller, BGR president and editor-in-chief, weighs in on the specifications for Amazon's newly announced 3-D smartphone.