The Coordination Age: A third age of telecoms
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The global digital economy is moving into a new age: The Coordination Age. A global need to improve the efficiency of resource utilisation is manifesting in industries and individuals as a desire to “make the world work better”. What role can telcos play in this, and will that ultimately mean the break-up of the telco as we know it?
Format: PDF filePages: 31 pages Charts: 16 Author: Andrew Collinson, David Martin Publication Date: November 2018
Table of Contents
- Executive summary
- Problems, problems, problems…
- The telecoms industry’s big problem
- What are the big problems the world needs to solve now?
- Enlightened self-interest
- Moving the needle…
- … and moving the people
- The Three Ages of Telecoms
- The first age: The Communications Age, 1850s onwards
- The second age: The Information Age, 1990s onwards
- The third age: The Coordination Age, 201Xs onwards
- So, what is the Coordination Age opportunity for telcos?
- The telecoms industry has some important assets
- Two possible jobs for telecoms
- Having a clear role is motivational
- So, what should telcos and the industry do?
- Finally, a need for the technologies we’re developing
- Conclusions and next steps
Table of Figures
- Figure 1: Revenue growth is grinding to a halt
- Figure 2: 30 years of telecoms in context
- Figure 3: How macro forces are creating a common global need
- Figure 4: Global population worries reflect underlying concerns about the availability and distribution of resources
- Figure 5: What does “the world need now”?
- Figure 6: The three ages of telecoms
- Figure 7: The Communication Age
- Figure 8: An early manual telephone exchange
- Figure 9: Electro-mechanical ‘Strowger’ exchanges automated analogue switching
- Figure 10: The Information Age
- Figure 11: The Coordination Age
- Figure 12: What are the unique assets of the telecoms industry?
- Figure 13: Broadly, there are two possible jobs for telcos
- Figure 14: Battle of the business models – Technology vs Telco
- Figure 15: A new corporate reality
- Figure 16: How a unifying purpose (a “why?”) helps create value
Technologies and industry terms referenced include: business needs, capex, Culture, efficiency, growth, information, Internet of Things, Platform, purpose, R&D, Relevance, resources, Strategy, transformation, why