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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