Seasons Greetings to Telco 2.0 'Blognoscenti'
The Telco 2.0 blog will go a little quieter over the holiday season, as we grab a moment to re-charge our batteries and then get our heads down on our current research programmes.
The Telco 2.0 Initiative was started in May 2006 with the first edition of the landmark Market Study and, in the short period of time since then, seems to have captured the imagination of this fascinating industry.
We repeatedly get asked "what are you trying to achieve?" To which we tend to answer "We're trying to shake things up!". Why do we think this is useful? It's taking the role of a catalyst - a force that provokes or speeds significant change or action. We believe, and it's borne out by our recent our research, that there's a need for this in the TMT (Telecoms-Media-Technology) space, and we're passionate about taking a leading position in driving it forward: Strategic Direction, Creative Ideas, Practical Actions for new business models and services for all players in the value chain or, more accurately, the 'value network': incumbent operators, start-ups, 'disruptors', content owners, consumer electronics manufacturers, internet and IT players, local communities and government, and, most importantly...End-Users like you and me.
There are many people to thank for their support in 2006 - all our speakers and sponsors from the Telco 2.0 Industry Brainstorms, our consulting clients who have provided us with fascinating projects, and a few key individuals (often members of the 'Blognoscenti' ) who've gone beyond the call of duty and/or commercial interest with their support: James Enck, Dean Bubley, Mac Taylor, Keith McMahon, Norman Lewis from Orange, Colin Pons from KPN, Malcolm Matson from OPLAN Foundation, to name a few of the more opinionated ones! Thanks also to Andy Abramson and Om Malik for sending so much traffic to our survey and events pages.
Most recently we're delighted to have formed a partnership with the GSM Association (more on this in the New Year!), which should help to extend the reach of our ideas and improve our thinking.
In the words of Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
In the meantime, may we wish you all, wherever you are, whatever you do:
Buone Feste, Boas Festas, Meilleurs Voeux, Frohe Festtage, Vesele Vanoce, Felices fiestas y un próspero año nuevo, Auguri di Buone Feste e Felice Anno Nuovo, 来る年が皆様にとって幸多きことをお祈りいたします, 节日快乐，新年大吉大利, ZORIONAK ETA 2007 RAKO HOBERENA OPA DIZUT, Seasons Greetings.