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A fundamental transformation

A new world of networking.

In 2012, the telecommunications industry became awash with talk of a new and potentially disruptive technology that could herald in a new era of networking. In the months and years since, Software Defined Networking, or SDN, has grown to more than just a buzzword. Coupled with its complimentary, but not mutually-exclusive, counterpart Network Functions Virtualization; [...]

The evolution of mobile retail services in the UK: Phones 4U’s demise in context

A tough business

In September 2014 Phones 4u entered into administration after it became apparent that it would be unable to continue as a going concern following the loss of its distribution agreement with EE and Vodafone. Having seen consolidation of the UK mobile industry at network level with the merger of Orange and T-Mobile to form EE, we are now witnessing consolidation at retail level.

Digital innovation a “luxury”? For operators, it’s in the DNA

Innovation is in operators' DNA

During a speech this summer, Google executive Tim Carter declared that operators simply can’t afford to innovate, claiming that that the “luxury” of digital innovation is now the sole preserve of the rich (i.e. Google) and entrepreneurs with little to lose. But is this really true?

Using SDN to offset the data capacity crunch

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In 2014, operators are feeling the pressure from several quarters. Revenues from mobile and fixed line services are continuing to decline; traditional applications such as SMS are suffering erosion from innovative IP-based rivals; and the traffic across the network footprint is growing exponentially, with customers calling for higher performance and interconnectedness of experience.

The case for Self-Organizing Networks

Complex

Mobile Operators are facing unprecedented data growth in their networks resulting in financial and technical challenges. These challenges require not only new tools and techniques but new thinking to resolve.

How Can Today’s Mobile Operators Evolve Into Digital Telcos of the Future?

Bringing your IT up to date

Payment models have changed dramatically, leading to reduced margins for mobile operators. Unless traditional telcos look to reap back these revenues from additional streams, the environment will become even more challenging.

Has the hype killed the White Space radio star?

Keeping the radio star alive

In this second feature, I want to take a closer look at why white space has seemingly stumbled, despite its surrounding hype. I have to confess that, in my experience, there’s always an associated amount of puffery within the telecommunications industry – an inflated balloon of hyperbole used to garner momentum for a new technology.

Will the Unified Patent Court for Europe help or harm the telecoms sector in the UK?

One court to rule them all

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is the result of an agreement between 27 European countries to create a single patent for Europe (the ‘Unitary Patent’), with a single court (the UPC) to handle validity and enforcement matters.

Long term harmony

Is a true LTE 'world phone' even possible?

LTE is the fastest-growing wireless technology yet and it comes at a time when even the world’s poorest people have access to smartphones. However the global LTE picture remains highly fragmented, with no consensus on LTE bands, so is it desirable or even possible to make an LTE world phone?

Virtualization and BSS Transformation: The Fast Road to Innovation

Opening virtualised BSS to partners / new service enablers

A recent survey by Telecoms.com Intelligence showed that 66% of operators have deployed or are planning to deploy virtualized BSS by 2016. Beyond the cost optimization that virtualization promises, operators are leveraging virtualization concepts to transform their BSS environments in order to innovate more rapidly, drive new revenues and better compete.

Where are we with white space radio?

Radio spectrum will always be a precious commodity

Three or four years ago, white space radio was surrounded by enormous hype and it embarked upon a news flurry, which witnessed the industry ‘stop in its tracks’ as a whirlwind of excitement swept the technology off its feet. Crikey, white space radio was primed to solve so many problems!

Mobile payments go beyond mainstream

The mobile payment industry is set to grow rapidly

According to research by IDC, 1.5 billion smartphones will be in use globally by 2017 and consumers will be doing more than ever on them. As a result, more businesses recognise the importance of delivering quick and seamless mobile payment capabilities to cater to consumers who demand the ability to transact when, where and how they choose.

Video advertising – Panacea for the mobile-operator-as-dumb-pipe dilemma?

Operators could cash in on video advertising

Video advertising on mobile devices is a lucrative business for social networking sites and other OTT players, and it is a revenue stream that will continue to grow. Make no mistake, this is not something that is about to happen, it is something that is already happening.

Patent wars: a lull in hostilities?

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For years telcos have faced threats to their business from patent wars and patent “trolls”; a term coined in the 1990s and typically directed at patent owners who do not use the invention themselves. However, a slew of recent court decisions in Europe, Japan and the US appear to have reduced the level of those threats, at least in the most critical cases involving a “standard essential patent”; one which relates to a component which is essential in order to manufacture a device which complies with a standard.

The OTT wake-up call: Why it’s time for operators to rise and shine

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Major OTT players like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Viber have become choice messaging services for consumers wanting low cost, global communication; creating an ecosystem where operators need to seriously consider which type of partnership or OTT integration models will enable them to drive revenue and sustain their business long term.

NFV should be about ‘Open IT with choices’

The road to the cloud

With long proprietary product cycles and tight regulatory standards restricting innovation and modernisation in the industry, the telecoms service provider model is at severe threat from agile internet-based service providers. Able to leverage new optimised processes and flexible infrastructure to provide similar services at a lower cost, these organisations can adapt to market demands and deliver new services rapidly.

Make or break for mobile

The cloud may be the answer

Discovering what needs to be done is often the easy part. The real challenge is finding out how to do it. This is certainly the case when it comes to searching for new revenue streams – the major preoccupation of most mobile operators following the shift to digital.

Carphone Warehouse reveals revolution in data management

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons are to merge

With retail operations in eight countries and a growing portfolio of telecommunications services, Carphone Warehouse is currently Europe’s largest independent mobile retail outfit. Paul Scullion, head of business intelligence at Carphone Warehouse explains how the company is using a combination of big data technologies to help improve retail customer service and eventually, help telcos improve their offerings.

What is this Internet of Things, thing?

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While we await a sensible use of the IoT, we are, for now, seemingly revelling in this brand new phenomenon that has, in fact, been bounced around for a couple of decades. Yep, that’s right, you may or may not know, but the notion of the Internet of Things isn’t new!

Messaging apps point the way for telco firms

Time for telcos to get the message

The birth of mobile, followed by smartphones and then tablets, which provided telecoms providers with their biggest boom in a century, now poses a threat to their growth and stability. This threat comes from the latest development in the smartphone story: communication apps.

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