5G deployments will need new allocations of radio spectrum, particularly to achieve promised speeds, and target new IoT use-cases. However, the official process for releasing new frequencies is slow and cumbersome. Some countries may short-circuit the process. At the same time, the rationale for new sharing mechanisms, that allow industrial and vertical players to acquire spectrum for their own networks, outside of MNO control, is growing. What should telcos do?
The evolution of eSIMs, supporting remote provisioning of mobile operators’ profiles, could allow new IoT devices and business-models to thrive. However, the promise is countered by fears that eSIM could enable Internet companies and device manufacturers to become connectivity gatekeepers. We analyse the threats, opportunities and practicalities, and give our view of the likely outcomes.
Customer Experience: Orange Devices Experience. Yves Maitre, SVP Mobile Multimedia & Devices, on evolving from the walled garden to the app store to the “digital coach”. Presentation from EMEA Brainstorm, November 2011.
Orange devices, 1995-2011
Smartphones have already transformed the device market but are growth predictions vastly underestimated? Arete Research explain how smartphones growth will mirror that of low cost handsets and reach a billion by 2013. (March 2011, Executive Briefing Service)
Managing the role of new device categories in new and existing fixed and mobile business models is a key strategic challenge for operators. This report includes analysis of the practicalities and challenges of creating customised devices, best / worst practice, inserting ‘control points’ in open products, the role of ‘ODMs’, and reviews leading alternative approaches. (Executive Briefing, Aug 2010)
‘Hyper-competition’ in the mobile handset market, particularly in ‘smartphones’, will drive growth in 2010, but also emaciate profits for the majority of manufacturers. Predicted winners, losers and other consequences from Telco 2.0 partners Arete Research. (December 2009)
A summary of the priorities, analyses and key actions on the 7 hottest topics from the latest Telco 2.0 theory and leading industry thinking from the Nice 2009 Executive Brainstorm. (Executive Briefing, June 2009)