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Guest Post: In-Car Internet Radio – new opportunity for telcos? [Guest post]

As part of our regular coverage of innovative new products, here’s an introduction to miRoamer’s in-car Internet radio. Robert Demian, their head of global sales, is coming over from Australia to our event this week to discuss the opportunity. He describes it here: miRoamer is an original developer and leader in internet media technologies, specializing in cutting edge media and …

Paggo Payment System

Oi Paggo: A Disruptive Brasileiro Credit Play

Oi is a Brasilian GSM operator with over 1m customers using their Paggo service, which is a direct competitor to credit card networks such as Visa & Mastercard. It is the perfect example of an operator moving into an adjacent field, building a complete vertically integrated solution, leveraging the advantages of mobile and targeting a specialist niche in their home …

Rolls royce use case

Use Case: Optimising Rolls-Royce’s ‘Product-Service’ business

Rolls-Royce is an example of a company succeeding by integrating manufacturing and services in a sophisticated product-service system. Is there a role for Telco 2.0 in this trend? Of course there is…field service and logistics are complicated and highly critical business processes that often go wrong. And key telco assets match many of their problems.

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The Telecoms Transaction Platform: Seven Key Questions

The future telecoms platform addresses seven difficult questions about users. We can start to guess what the pricing and volume of transactions might look like, and see that the scale of the operation potentially dwarfs that of some of the biggest transaction networks of today.


Standardising the Definition of ‘Telco 2.0’

The Telco 2.0 team has been travelling a lot recently – spreading the gospel and testing response. For example, some of us were in Dallas last week for the TM Forum’s Management World Americas event, a big show of 1500 people that has traditionally catered for the OSS/BSS industry. The TM Forum is growing in stature fast as its software standards are increasingly …

Mobile CDNs

Why are there no mobile CDNs?

When Wall Street is annoyed because your profits were only up 55 per cent, it’s probably their problem rather than yours. If you’ve been with us so far, you probably know that Telco 2.0 likes content-delivery networking (CDNing) a lot.
A CDN, to recap, is a way of delivering bandwidth-heavy content (usually video) over the Internet efficiently, that neatly squares all the interested parties involved. So – why are there no CDNs in the mobile business?

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The Telco 2.0 methodology — Business Model Innovation

In our previous post on Telco 2.0 methodology, we described the 15 key Telco 2.0 transformation issues and how the industry currently scores against them. ‘Appreciating’ these issues was : Step 1 in our Telco 2.0 A-C-T process to create a sustainable growth strategy. Step 2 is ‘Clarifying’ how to approach business model innovation, a tricky subject for any industry …

telco 2.0 transformation

Telco 2.0 Methodology: Key Transformation Issues

In our introduction to the Telco 2.0 methodology we said the first step was to define the process. The process is about one thing — preparing your business for a Telco 2.0 (all-IP, modular, interoperable, layered) world. To do this we need to A-C-T, a “mash-up” of best practice in Strategic Planning, Product Innovation, and Change Management, created specifically for …

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Digital Youth: Exploring New Business Models

We have started to think through the format for the Digital Youth Summit at the next Telco 2.0 Industry Brainstorm in October. As we pointed out in a previous post, we want to move the debate on in this event and challenge participants to work on creating potential new solutions that drag them into the ‘Telco 2.0’ world. We’ll apply …

Death of the SIM card

Death of the SIM card?

One of the topics which came up in the ‘Digital Worker’ stream at the recent Telco 2.0 event was the role of the mobile operator and their SIM card. We asked Colin Mallett, our ‘analyst-in-residence’ for that session, and who spent many years working in R&D for BT, to share his thoughts with us: “10 years ago BT started looking …

Local connectivity

Local connectivity: under-explored opportunity?

We’re working on a series of posts that tie together a number of themes on the blog: * That operators need to understand the “value in existing products”: * Local non-cellular connectivity is going to be a critical part of building new value for both personal communications services as well as the Digital Home. * This local connectivity sets the …

Google tv recognition

Connectivity: It Ain’t What You Do…It’s The Way That You Do It

There has been a bout of mini-hysteria in response to the latest gizmo to come out from those clever chaps at Google Research. In what amounts to an academic paper (co-published with Michael Fink of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem), they describe how they can pick up the audio output from TV programmes on the microphone of a viewer’s laptop. …