Time to consider a virtual SIM?

The SIM card – still a necessity or an archaic way to minimise a customer’s mobility. Last month, regulators in the Netherlands became the first worldwide to legalise network agnostic SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards, allowing stakeholders in the mobile … Read more

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Is it game over for telcos?

The death of SMS: What got you here won’t get you there! The 20th anniversary of SMS saw it outnumbered for the first time by mobile instant messaging (MIM). While SMS averaged 17.6 billion messages per day, MIM messages reached … Read more

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African telcos go e-shopping

The global telecom industry is at a crossroad and operators need to reason if they want to opt for a low-risk strategy and focus on being an extremely efficient “dumb-pipe. Or adopt a higher-risk and higher investment approach competing with … Read more

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Google’s buy of Nest Labs – does the high price tag make sense?

Google just announced the acquisition of NEST Labs for 3.2 bn USD in cash (article). This represents 3.2x what Google paid for YouTube back in 2006. A surprising price tag for a company that currently only has two basic boxes … Read more

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White spaces: the next frontier or overhyped?

1. Introduction: the impetus The mobile data explosion of recent years has significantly increased the network capacity requirements for operators including the spectrum capacity. More spectrum has been and is being made available across markets. The majority of this new … Read more

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The $30 smartphone: the true inflection point?

The mobile phone turned 40 this year and 3.2 billion people1 have the privilege to own one. However, only a half of them currently own a smartphone (defined as 3G enabled phones with an identifiable open OS)2.  With the latest … Read more

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Data-centric MVNOs in the US – will they byte?

The last two years have seen new MVNOs disrupt the traditionally postpaid US market. Betting on new data-centric business models, this new breed of MVNOs targets value-conscious subscribers with prepaid voice and data services at a fraction of the price … Read more

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Spotlight on South Korea: LTE developments, one year on

In our November 2012 article “Spotlight on South Korea”, we highlighted how South Korea emerged as a leader in the deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE). The country’s innovation in new LTE technologies and services led us to predict that … Read more

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Bringing TV Everywhere to emerging markets

Four years after the TV Everywhere term was first coined by TWC and Comcast, the concept has been mostly associated with networks, cable and satellite operators in developed markets. With a strong effect on retention and implicitly revenues, TV Everywhere … Read more

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What’s missing in ‘unified communication’? The customer

The concept of Unified Communication (UC) has existed for more than a decade. However, customers and telcos continue to struggle to implement it in an effective and meaningful way. A distinct lack of a customer-focused perspective on UC is largely … Read more

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