Escaping silos to pursue scale: The top three big data challenges for telcos

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When looking at common problems organisations face around building strategic big data analytics programmes, it’s interesting to look at the challenges and how they differ from industry to industry. While banks and insurance companies may struggle with legacy technology, and retailers fight against unmanageable volume, there is one thing that is certain: when it comes to big data, telcos are all starting from different places and perspectives, and there is no commonality in the use...

By Eliano Marques, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Customer Service, Monetisation, Operators.

Why big data and analytics revenue will hit more than $203bn by 2020

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The data-driven business era is creating demand for new products and services. Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) will grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This market is forecast to grow 11.3 percent in 2016 after revenues reached $122 billion worldwide in 2015, and is forecast to continue at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.7 percent through...

By David H. Deans, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Industry, Infrastructure.

When context brings sense to the big data mess

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Big data—which will soon be an understatement—is the amalgamation of information we’re getting from all of our mobile devices, and then adding to that soon the information we’re getting from all those other devices soon from the Internet of Things. Now the debate is if big data is valuable at all. Soon this insurmountable amount of data will become nonsense, unless we add context. Big data will enable machine learning that can in turn enable contextual...

By Telefónica, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Content.

How mobile comms instrumentation is meeting the big data and IoT challenge

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It is 25 years since the 900 MHz GSM standard marked the birth of digital wireless communications. The hunger for data in cellular communications remains insatiable and demand for further technological progress persists. A tenfold increase in mobile data traffic is expected over the next six years, and experts predict an exponential increase in the number of things (Internet of Things, IoT) that communicate with each other via mobile networks....

By Meik Kottkamp, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Big Data, IoT, LTE, Networks.

Data for social good: When big data and machine learning saves lives

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“There are people who will then research and find out ‘Why is this?’ Or change policies based on this data. Information can save lives,” said Nancy Lublin, founder of Crisis Text Line. In just over two years, 15 million text messages have been sent to “741741” from every area code in the US, connecting people with anxiety and depression with counsellors.

It has grown rapidly because “just someone being...

By Telefónica, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Machine Learning.

Big data analytics apps are transforming IoT operations

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As more enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), we're seeing an increase in demand for analytics apps that can extract insight and meaning from sources of big data. Vendors are now busy identifying opportunities for software and professional services to assist buyers with their transformation projects.

According to the latest market study by Technology Business Research (TBR), 57 percent of analytics software customers in IT departments believe analytics adoption 'significantly'...

By David H. Deans, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, IoT.

Why location intelligence is the secret weapon for telcos and mobile operators

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The mobile and telecoms industries are experiencing seismic change. Alongside the dramatic rise in smartphone ownership, there has been major behavioural and cultural change in how we use our phones. We are less likely to use smartphones for voice, and more likely to use them for accessing the internet, viewing apps, listening to music, taking photos or playing games. In the 12 months to August 2015, our use of mobile devices to access the internet

By James Brayshaw, 09 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disruption, Networks, Operators.

Opinion: The benefits of moving from NOC to SOC

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With the growth of MBB (Mobile Broadband) surpassing expectations, operators and CSPs (Communication Service Providers) are finding it tough to manage and ensure customer experience in real-time. People are using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, streaming videos, and opening multiple websites at the same time on their mobile phone, and often complaining...

By Rajat Kochhar, 12 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Networks.

Riding on the crest of the big data wave

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Big data means many things to many people, but can commonly be defined by the three Vs: volume, variety and velocity. Today, it is not just greater volumes of data that are being created but also a rapidly expanding variety of data sources, and data is being created at ever faster velocity.

However, the synchronised...

By Ben Parker, 25 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry.

Natural conversation with Bing's search engine

Bing is a powerful product of Microsoft's. Many see it as the plucky David-like search engine behind the goliath known as Google, but it's much more than that, it's a machine-learning powerhouse which is constantly growing through 'Satori' to form a platform which is increasingly able to answer whatever you throw at it.

Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, is a consumer-facing example of this power. It is widely-regarded as the smartest AI available across smartphones and it is all...

By Ryan Daws, 14 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, CRM, Industry.

CSPs can convert insights to revenue in the big data age

By Gordon Rawling, Director of EMEA Marketing, Oracle Communications

Three UK recently revealed its plans to transition from a “pricing-led” to “customer enjoyment-led” business model, adding that as part of this shift it will offer new data analysis services to its corporate customers to help them address some of the questions they may have about their business. For example, they may want to know how much time their employees spend on their mobiles or what applications they prefer to...

By Oracle Communications, 05 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Networks, Operators.

Bristol set to be the next Smart City with new "open data"

The city of Bristol has many iconic landmarks and is one of the most developed areas in the west of England. Despite this, it has historically been overlooked when it comes to the latest technological innovations in the face of cities such as Cardiff, Birmingham, and of course, London

In recent years, the city made its mark not just nationally, but even internationally through winning the European Green Capital award. It's an interesting award to win because if you live in the city - or have passed through it...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Industry, Infrastructure.

Vodafone exposes government wire-tapping

We now know that no matter what technology we use, if it's connected, then it's probably able to be tapped by the government. NSA leaker and now fugitive/hero, Edward Snowden, revealed a torrential amount of details about the abilities of the United States spying program on international citizens.  

Few companies have come forward about their own involvement and the scale in which their networks and services have been compromised, we can only guess this is for fear of getting on the...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, Security.

Amdocs predicts the future and may change Smart Data's perception

Big Data has negative connotations attributed to it – particularly in regards to privacy. The term widely-used for it is often related to the mass collection and monetisation of data which was certainly not helped by the controversy surrounding the NSA's mass surveillance program. Companies fear sharing data seemingly as a result of how it can affect their image rather than how it can improve their services – whilst consumers worry about how their data is being used.

Smart Data, as many writers have started to...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, CRM.

Microsoft backs customer data privacy rights against the FBI

After the outcry regarding the majority of America’s tech giants’ involvement in the National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM program – many companies pledged to push for more “transparency” when it comes to the data government’s are requesting.

Microsoft in particular pledged it would do all it can to legally protect its customers from government data requests. In a

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, Security.

New survey asserts sponsored data plans should be tactic for operators

A new consumer survey from Citrix has revealed that the majority of smartphone users would engage with operators’ services if sponsored data plans were made available.

71% of men and 62% of women surveyed said they would engage in one of the sponsored plans, with the younger generations more likely to be open to the idea; 78% of millennials, compared to 66% of generation X and 52% of baby boomers.

If users did have access to a sponsored data plan, their most likely port of call would be their...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Operators.

Big data: Why CSPs must go big or go home

By Gordon Rawling, Director of EMEA Marketing, Oracle Communications

According to a recent report from the European Commission (EC), more digitised data has been created in the last two years than in every year before this period combined.

This trend shows no signs of slowing down, with users continuing to adopt a widening array of data-driven devices as part of their new digital lifestyles. The EC report also reveals that even with the big data market growing at roughly 40 per cent each year, few of the...

By Oracle Communications, 06 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Content, Operators.

Scroogle you too US Government, says Microsoft

Microsoft’s reputation – along with many other top technology firms – was damaged by the NSA revelations which, if Edward Snowden’s leaks are correct, the Redmond-based firm was involved in the programme; whether knowingly or not.

Now it’s the turn of Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, to help ease customer distrust in the company’s services by speaking of their shared concerns about government surveillance of the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, N America, Security.