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Leor Atie

Saicom Holdings

Voice over IP and the enormous threat facing the Mobile Network Operators

With Facebook's $19 billion purchase of Whats App earlier this year, there was much speculation about what the Social Media giant would do with this Application to justify the hefty price tag. Whats App have already indicated that they will start carrying Voice in the near future. With over 10 million Whats App users in South Africa alone and hundred of millions worldwide, this poses an enormous threat to the mobile network operators, both locally and abroad. What is the size of this threat? How will they respond? What are the long term implications. Some of the world's largest enterprises are under serious threat.... and we certainly don't expect them to take this lying down.

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