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October 8, 2009

Use Cases 2.0: Five new business models in action

For our forthcoming EMEA and US Executive Brainstorms, and for a new strategy report, we’ve been working on a set of five new ‘use cases’ that bring ‘two-sided’ telecoms business models to life. The ‘use cases’ describe the application in detail, and an outline business case for the opportunity.

There’s a presentation on the background here, and more on each one and what they mean for the industry below.

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July 21, 2009

Case Study: Mobile Signature solution approaches key growth milestone

Remember Mobile Signature, a product deployed by Turkcell that we covered in a case study back in May, 2008? Developed by Valimo Wireless, it’s an identity/authentication system that uses a 2-Sided Telco business model to reportedly raise messaging ARPU by 20%. It is approaching a major Telco 2.0 growth milestone of achieving inter-carrier operability on Digital ID. This article reviews recent progress and outlook, how Mobile Signature works, the total opportunity, and the 2-Sided principles it embodies.

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July 10, 2009

Telco 2.0 Research Agenda - 2009-2010

We’re delighted to outline the Telco 2.0 research agenda for the next 12 months, below. This will drive our event agendas (EMEA - November 2009; AMERICAS - Dec 2009; WORLD - APRIL 2010; APAC - June 2010) and consulting activity. If any of our readers would like to contribute expertise or other ideas, please contact us. We’ll be setting up some collaborative tools. (Our subscription research service is described here too).

Telco 2.0 Research Agenda 2009-2010:
The context, of course, is ‘business model innovation’ and in particular the ‘two-sided’ telecoms market opportunity.

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June 23, 2009

Developers - That’s where Telco 2.0 comes in…

Ericsson is promoting its Java SDK on YouTube:

Well, it’s good to be reminded of the fundamental need for communication. Netscape legend Jamie Zawinski said something similar in a now-classic blog post about groupware, social networks, and contacts management:

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July 2, 2008

Telco 2.0 Use Case: Trading Hub for the Transport Industry

Telco 2.0 readers will be well aware that we’re very keen on any application that uses telco capabilities to remove friction and inefficiency from the wider world of business - perhaps the fundamental insight in the 2-sided business model is that the telco doesn’t only sell telephone calls as a finished product to end users, but also a much wider range of functions for upstream businesses to integrate into their production process. In terms of economics, these communications-enabled business processes usually exist to reduce transaction costs and thus facilitate trade that would otherwise not happen. Alternatively, they help larger enterprises to overcome their internal diseconomies of scale.

This use case is of the first kind; the telco platform as a trading hub, allowing the many companies that would never be able to build the mass-production IT systems that their bigger competitors use to benefit from increasing returns to scale.

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