For those that have been part of the telecommunications industry over the last 20 years it has been a wonderful ride. Extraordinary growth in fixed-line telecommunications from 1998-2001, as the internet developed, was followed by the explosion in mobile from 2002-2009. Since 2009, things have been rather different in most markets. In this 30-minute webinar Chris Barraclough, Partner and Chief Strategist, will talk about telco growth strategies between 2009 and 2016 and evaluate which of these are viable in 2017 and beyond.
At MWC this year we noticed a creeping upsurge in chatter about 'network slicing', as some pioneering operators held demonstrations at their stands. We investigate the fundamental question that remains unanswered - is there demand for network slicing?
One sector which is seeing increasing attention from traditional telcos is digital healthcare - but opportunities in this new sector aren't without challenges.
Why can't telcos do a Snapchat? The answer to this question is they did: it was called the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) - remember that? So why has Snapchat succeeded where MMS failed? The success and failure factors become more obvious when you look at the differences between the two services.
The great and the good from across the world of TMT are flocking to Barcelona for the 30th annual Mobile World Congress next week. Here are a few of the key topics we are looking forward to finding out more...
Reliance Jio has caught the eye of everyone in the industry, having broken records in terms of mobile subscriber acquisition in the last few months. Since it launched its offer in September 2016, it acquired 50 million subscribers in 83 days, the rate of which surpassed even the likes of Facebook and Whatsapp. But will it be a success in the long run?
Vodafone recently announced that it has completed its first commercial roll-out of NB-IoT connectivity in the Spanish cities of Valencia and Madrid. This is the first part of a broader roll-out in Spain, which will include implementing NB-IoT in Barcelona,...
Vodafone is shelving plans to launch a pay TV offering in the UK, saying: "Our focus in the UK is on broadband, where we're seeing good growth. We will look at launching TV in the UK when we deem it necessary and commercially appropriate." CEO Vittorio Colao said that the company has decided to put it on hold indefinitely, although the service could be launched "within weeks".
Artificial intelligence is improving rapidly thanks to the growing use of deep neural networks to teach computers how to interpret the real world. These networks use vast amounts of detailed data to enable machines to learn, further increasing demand for reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity. For example, the development of safe autonomous cars depends on millions of vehicles capturing enormous amounts of information about how human drivers handle cars when confronted with specific road layouts, weather conditions, traffic and accidents. The best artificial intelligence systems will be built using the best datasets sourced using 100% reliable connectivity provided by telcos.
Telefónica's O2 UK is in the process of renegotiating its mobile network-sharing deal with Vodafone. The project, known as Cornerstone, has been in place since 2012, building on prior sharing deals, and has allowed both players to grow their 3G and 4G coverage at a reduced cost. However Telefónica wants to exit the UK market, but has failed to both sell and float O2 UK. Is Cornerstone under threat?