Technology, media and telecom M&A hit $698.2 billion in 2016

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The savvy CEOs anticipate that trends in 2017 are likely to follow the path of disruptive events in 2016. Change is the norm. Digital technology will continue to have a dramatic impact on legacy players in the marketplace.

Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) sectors completed 3,021 deals worth $698.2 billion in 2016, representing a decrease of 4.5% in value and 5.7% in deal count compared to a record 2015, while deal count remained consistent, according to the latest market study by

By David H. Deans, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Innovation.

How smart home revenue will reach $195 billion in 2021

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Ever since the mainstream adoption of the mobile smartphone, the word 'smart' is used broadly to define any device that has some form of on-board communication connectivity. Likewise, a Smart Home is designed to deliver a number of digital services inside and outside the home, through a range of networked devices.

Juniper Research believes the entertainment segment to be the most viable in terms of consumer uptake, for the simple reason that these services are almost universally...

By David H. Deans, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

The major disruptions expected in the telecoms industry in 2017

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As a new leadership team moves into Washington in January, big changes appear to be in store for the telecom industry in 2017. At the top of the list will be the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner mega-merger, which now looks more likely to sail past possible anti-trust and net neutrality concerns.

We see the following topics and trends as important for business customers of the telecom industry in the coming year:

Merger activity on the rise

Expect to see the AT&T/Time Warner...

By Craig Riegelhaupt, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

How telcos can avoid the digital disruption trend in 2017

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Industries that have always embraced the adoption of new technologies are not immune to being digitally disrupted by savvy new market entrants. The global telecom service provider market had a long history of relative stability. Now, however, business model disruption is pervasive.

The market is in a state of rapid evolution, with telecommunications companies now competing against more progressive web-scale companies. They can deploy a new service in a matter of hours, thereby...

By David H. Deans, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Operators.

How telecoms applications can become ‘ripe for innovation’ through blockchain

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Analysis Telecoms providers continue to be kept on their toes by the emergence of new technologies, from cloud to IoT. The allure of blockchain, and a secure, distributed ledger, is causing ripples in industries outside of the traditional financial services hotbed. So how can telcos take advantage?

The answer, so far, comes through identity, data integrity, and disintermediation.

Writing on...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Operators.

The three words that must define the digital strategy of telcos today

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Digital transformation is affecting markets in many verticals, as the next generation of digital natives bring ‘on-demand’ requirements to the way services and goods are bought and managed. This transformation offers a profound way to accelerate business activities, connect with today’s consumers, and fully leverage digital technology to impact consumers in a strategic and mutually-beneficial way.

While digital transformation is defined in many different...

By Jennifer Kyriakakis, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Networks, Operators.

How 5G LTE mobile networks are enabling a connected future

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As the growing applications for mobile internet access place greater demands on wireless broadband communication networks around the globe, telecom service providers are updating their infrastructure to support the traffic.

There are more than 7.2 billion wireless connections, including 1.45 billion LTE connections, around the world today that are operating with the technology standards developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

5G Americas, the industry trade...

By David H. Deans, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Disruption, LTE, Networks.

Opinion: Pros and cons of VoWiFi

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VoWiFi has captured a lot of attention lately. A&T recently announced that it’s handling four million VoWiFi calls a day, upon which T-Mobile countered that it boasts some 22 million calls per day using the technology. Now, many enterprises and mobile operators consider VoWiFi an easy and cost-effective way to provide indoor mobile coverage...

By David Del Fava, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, WiFi.

5G milestone reached as ultra-high frequency spectrum made available

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5G is coming, and we're expecting high-speed data on par with that of fixed-line fiber connections. In order to achieve that ambitious goal it will take a different approach from what operators are used to, but it at least begins

Vodafone study reveals 76% of companies believe the IoT will be 'critical' to future success

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Vodafone has released its fourth annual IoT Barometer Report which examines the sentiment which businesses have towards Internet of Things-related developments. In the latest study, Vodafone found 76 percent of companies believe the IoT to be 'critical' to future success. 

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Innovation, IoT, M2M, Research.

The future of mobile: on-digital and on-demand

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Consumers, particularly the millennial generation, use internet services to get them what they want, on their terms. Whether it’s ordering food from a restaurant of their choice through Deliveroo, booking a taxi any time of the day with Uber, or ordering clothing on the fly from ASOS – they have control over, and can get instant gratification from these services....

By Jennifer Kyriakakis, 23 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Customer Service, Disruption.

Opinion: Is VoWiFi the next disruptive telecom technology?

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Twenty years ago, Clayton M. Christensen introduced the term disruptive technologies and now we’re seeing this disruption happening in almost every sphere of life. Uber, Airbnb, Purple, Tesla are disrupting the old traditional models of their respective industries. We’ve seen lot...

By Rajat Kochhar, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, WiFi.

#MWC16: eSports is taking over TV

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During a panel at Mobile World Congress, four high-profile representatives in gaming spoke about how eSports has taken off in recent years, and how it's affecting traditional TV. 

The representatives included Bernhard Mogk from eSports platform ESL, Koh Kim from mobile eSports live-streaming company Mobcrush, Peter Warman from gaming analysts...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Disruption, Mobile, Smart TV.

#MWC16: RCS steps forward as Google and GSMA launch client with operators

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RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is how operators will continue the fight against feature-rich OTT services like WhatsApp through an interoperable standard enabling things like group messaging, IP voice calls, and file sharing between networks. 

As traditional SMS use declines, it will be RCS which hopes to retain those...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

GSMA publishes IoT security guidelines – aims to boost growth

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The GSMA, an official body which represents telecom companies, has published guidelines today which aim to ensure the secure deployment of IoT services and devices. Developed in consultation with the mobile industry, ‘The GSMA IoT Security Guidelines’ will help to boost growth of this exciting sector. 

“As billions of devices become connected in the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M, Networks, Operators, Security.

Opinion: Is the world ready for RCS?

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Few people outside the mobile industry paid attention to Rich Communication Services (RCS) until Google announced in September 2015 that it had acquired Jibe Mobile, a company at the forefront of RCS development. But what impact will this have on the future of RCS and the humble SMS in a climate where OTT messaging apps are becoming more and more popular by the day?

The...

By Kevin Panzavecchia, 28 January 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, OTT Services.

Mobile operators struggle against online messaging

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Online messaging apps are eating away into revenues from short messaging services (SMS), causing mobile operators to find new ways to compete and stay profitable.

In fact, online chat applications are even challenging the voice business of mobile operators. Telecom consultancy firm Ovum reported a 20-30% annual decline in SMS usage. Meanwhile, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber...

By Telecoms Tech, 07 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Mobile.