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A network without borders

James Tagg, CTO and founder, Truphone

James Tagg, CTO and Founder of Truphone, talks to MCI about building a next generation global mobile network and disassociating the company from the MVNO label.

The future of cloud – Telstra’s perspective

Nathan Bell, director of product marketing, Telstra Global

The changing human interaction with the cloud and its importance in our day-to-day lives has created a golden opportunity for businesses to use insights to increase customer satisfaction for both corporates and consumers. Organisations across APAC are embracing the IT transformations within cloud, big data and mobile—and learning how to better serve the needs of their customers, says Nathan Bell, global director of products and marketing at Telstra Global.

Connected Car: mobile operators must innovate to ensure OEMs profit

Connected car is a huge potential market, but with OEMs demanding a slice of the pie, MNOs must innovate around business models to ensure they work for all parties to drive the industry forward

The connected car represents a huge potential market, but with OEMs demanding a slice of the pie. James Dawson, senior director for market development in connected cars at Jasper Wireless argues that MNOs must innovate around business models to ensure they work for all parties to drive the industry forward.

Software defined spectrum, anyone?

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Consultant and one-time head of research and development for UK regulator Ofcom, William Webb asks whether operators really need to own the spectrum in which their services operate. If radio access infrastructure can be outsourced or shared and the core can be virtualised, why shouldn’t the industry look at innovative usage models for spectrum?

RCS – Simplify, select, succeed

Keith Mumford, VP Technology, Kineto Wireless

Keith Mumford, VP of Technology at Kineto Wireless, reflects on Informa’s Rich Communications 2013 conference. Maybe, he suggests, the best way forward with RCS is to pick and choose from the functions to deliver targeted services, instead of trying to turn it into an industry juggernaut.

Uncertainty and risk: the results of spectrum renewal by auction

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The use of auctions for spectrum renewal seems pointless and likely only to create uncertainty and risk for operators, says Graham Friend, managing director at Coleago Consulting. New entrants know they are likely to be outbid by incumbents and the uncertainty generated dampens the desire of those incumbents to invest and innovate, which is not good at a time when governments want to see a rapid and extensive roll-out of LTE.

Innovation Shouldn’t Be a Rocky Ride

Eli Itin, Amdocs Innovation Evangelist

Eli Itin explains how and why operators need to foster a culture of innovation within their organisations in order to combat threats from competitors, such as OTT players.

The mobility opportunity for fixed telephony and TV operators

Stefan Zehle, Coleago CEO

Stefan Zehle, CEO at Coleago Consulting, discusses how the rise of softphone apps means that fixed line players have been presented with an opportunity to get in on mobile telecommunications.

Operators can monetise OTT through cloud hosting strategies

Gordon Rawling, director of EMEA  marketing, Oracle Communications

In response to the success of OTT providers, some CSPs have pegged these developers as “parasites” that feed off their networks and offer nothing in return. While it seems they have already lost the battle, however, service providers do have options that will help them adapt and find success in the OTT era, particularly by capitalising on their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud hosting solutions.

LTE falls back on voice

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Keith Mumford, Vice President of Technology at Kineto, explains that although O2 and Vodafone have launched their 800 MHz LTE services, neither is choosing to focus on coverage – which is often one of the traditional battlegrounds that operators favour when it comes to marketing roll outs. Coverage though, particularly for LTE at 800MHz, may still arise as a contentious issue.

Ovum view: Investors to gain more than Vodafone from Verizon sale

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On September 2, 2013, Vodafone and Verizon announced that they had reached an agreement for Vodafone to sell its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless back to Verizon for $130bn. Ovum believes that the deal is good for both parties, but that the decision to return 65 per cent of the proceeds from the sale back to shareholders is short-sighted. It may make Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao popular, but we don’t believe that he will have enough left to future proof the business.

M&A – The Local Way

Bengt Nordström, CEO of Northstream

Bengt Nordstrom, CEO at consultancy firm Northstream, discusses how operator groups looking to create scale and synergies by acquiring assets across markets is extremely challenging. Local acquisitions will serve them much more effectively.

The Last Hurrah of the Handset Subsidy

Tim Deluca-Smith, VP Marketing at WDS

Tim Deluca-Smith, VP Marketing at WDS addresses how handset subsidies are impacting operator margins, yet many have been reluctant to remove them for fear of customer dissatisfaction. In trying to find the middle ground, several operators have looked to turn the traditional model on its head.

MNOs are already making the IoT connection!

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At the Future of Wireless 2013 event staged by UK industry organisation Cambridge Wireless earlier this month, James Collier, the founder and CTO of white space solutions provider Neul, suggested that mobile operators are ill-equipped to provision the Internet of Things (IoT). Alex Sinclair, CTO of the GSMA, countered by suggesting that the IoT opportunity is big enough for everyone, but MNOs will clearly be key players and not just for simple connectivity.

MNOs will not make the IoT connection

James Collier, Founder and CTO, Neul

At the Future of Wireless 2013 event staged by UK industry organisation Cambridge Wireless earlier this month, James Collier, the founder and CTO of Neul suggested that mobile operators as they stand are ill-equipped to provision the Internet of Things (IoT).

Challenges for EU mobile operators

Stefan Zehle, Coleago CEO

The European mobile telecoms industry is now at the maturity stage of its life cycle. While the introduction of LTE is still a relatively recent event, there is limited revenue growth and consolidation is starting to set in. Rather than being challengers, in some ways mobile operators themselves have started to look like the old fixed line operators at the start of the telecoms market liberalisation in the 1980s.

Vodafone plays offense and defence with Kabel Deutschland

Vodafone has not paid any corporate tax in the US for the second year in a row

Vodafone’s determination to buy Kabel Deutschland represents both an offensive and defensive strategy as it looks to strengthen its position in its leading European market.

Half Baked Policy Requires Secret Sauce

Jonathan Bell, VP of Marketing at OpenCloud

Jonathan Bell, VP of Marketing at OpenCloud, discusses how policy and pricing are just two dimensions along which telecoms operators can differentiate their propositions. By adding a third dimension, the service behaviour itself, operators can define and bring true innovation to the market that surpasses the traditional approaches of the past, he says.

Carrier Cloud: “The most important and sustainable revenue opportunity since voice”

Cloud computing is the most important and sustainable revenue opportunity since voice

The good news for carriers is that cloud computing is the most important and sustainable revenue opportunity since voice. Not only that, by delivering next generation IT through the next generation network (NGN), carriers could become the leading channel in the cloud computing business, with unique competences and valuable assets.

Mobile Operators: Is there any future in-store?

France Telecom cuts dividend forecast

It’s no secret that ‘bricks and mortar’ retail strategies are battling against some difficult economic conditions right now. Mobile operators are by no means immune to this, says Tim Deluca Smith, VP Marketing for WDS Global.

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