Vodafone’s pragmatism continues to shine through

Emeka Obiodu, Principal Analyst, Telco StrategyRecent press speculation that Vodafone is interested in buying Kabel Deutschland should not be big news. However, it has gained a lot of attention because until recently Vodafone was regarded as a mobile-only telco. It used to be fairly straightforward to predict what Vodafone would do. It wanted to be big, and was a buyer of assets rather than a seller. It also didn’t do fixed telecoms, TV, or cable. However, this is no longer the case. Under its current management,...

By Ovum Research, 22 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Build or buy: The WAN infrastructure decision tree [infographic]

Today’s enterprise IT decision-maker has quite a task at hand.  With the telecom world at the front edge of what is predicted to be a massive migration to cloud-based infrastructure and services over the next decade, the decision on how to spend your precious IT dollars has never been more complicated.

Should you continue to build out your own private enterprise infrastructure, or make the jump to one of the increasingly abundant and full-featured managed service offerings?  When making a...

By Ciena, 24 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infographic, Infrastructure, Networks, Wireless.

Mobilisation strategy advice for airports and national infrastructure - #AppsWorld

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the managing organisation for the sixth largest airport in the world, serving 62 million passengers a year, and faces a raft of new security threats from connected mobile devices.

In this dynamic environment, LAWA CIO Dominic Nessi is right at the heart of things. We caught up with him ahead of his appearance at Apps World in San Francisco to try and get a sense of his role and the challenges he faces.

“Mobile devices are the new frontier for cyber security...

By Matt Henkes, 21 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Infrastructure, N America, Smartphones.

Smart thinking required around M2M

By Rob Bamforth, principle analyst, Quocirca

Despite having almost ten years of marketing hype, almost a decade of being the next big revolution, M2M still doesn’t seem to be living up to its full potential, but why?

Some of the forecasts around potential growth and market opportunities are truly huge, but there’s confusion about what exactly we’re measuring here? Some predictions plug the expected number of devices in the billions, while...

By Quocirca, 15 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Infrastructure, M2M, Operators.

How telecom infrastructure investment will drive growth

Across the globe, there is a delicate balance between sustained investment in essential infrastructure and a corresponding advance in socioeconomic progress. Telecommunications platforms have become the driver of growth in the twenty-first century. It's now the forward-thinking key performance indicator that all economists must monitor, in addition to the GDP. Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest market study, which analyzes global and regional market trends and conditions affecting telecom service providers, enterprises, subscribers, and the global networked economy. "As 2012 ended, Europe's crisis remains un-contained and is now spreading to Germany. The...

By David H. Deans, 09 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Operators.

Business requirements vs. functional requirements

Many analysts struggle with understanding the differences between business requirements and functional requirements. Some people even think they are the same, but I want to assure you that they are not. In this blog, I explain the differences. To be clear, in defining requirements, there are actually four types of requirements that should be defined: business requirements, stakeholder requirements, solution requirements, and transition requirements. There are also two types of solution...

By enfocus solutions, 03 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, SMEs.

What are the latest broadband speed trends?

The UK suffers from a “massive discrepancy” in broadband speeds and should be aiming for the standards of Singapore where broadband speeds have doubled, according to a report.

A report from UK-based wireless comparison providers uSwitch.com has uncovered a ‘massive discrepancy’ between certain streets for broadband speed – and warns that the gap...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Wireless.

NYC’s response to #Sandy shows IT's power to enable municipal resilience

By Nishant Shah, Analyst, Government Technology Ovum

As we have previously mentioned in our research, trust between the citizen and government is at a low. This dynamic hurts tax collection, law abidance, and voting numbers, and more generally degrades the public sector’s ability to provide services. However, a supportive, truly multi-channel, and continuous government presence during natural disasters visibly improves this dynamic, particularly at the city level.

New York City is an excellent example...

By Ovum Research, 01 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, N America.

Is plain old telephone service really dying?

Plain old telephone service, or POTS, is being touted as on its way out by quite a few sources. It’s being said that with the advent of VoIP services, cable and fiber network expansions and wireless communications innovations, POTS is dying a slow, but steady death.

But is that really the case? The reason people have landlines is largely the same: voice communication.

Certainly, in terms of data, the POTS is losing its allure and has been replaced largely by other modes. For instance, it is only in the...

By TotalTelecom, 18 September 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Cabling, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Calix gets boost from Ericsson buy but still needs to earn global stripes

By Kamalini Ganguly, Analyst, Network Infrastructure, Ovum

On August 22, Calix announced that it was acquiring Ericsson’s fiber access assets.

It also struck a three-year partnership deal for Ericsson to resell and distribute Calix’s Unified Access Systems and software (augmented by Ericsson’s GPON EDA 1500), giving it access to Ericsson’s tier-1 customer relationships in 180 countries.

The deal will push Calix’s annual PON sales to more than $100m, for a rank of sixth in PON...

By Ovum Research, 06 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Europe, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure.

Will a smart grid help India avoid future blackouts?

By Surupa Mahto, Analyst, Energy & Sustainability Technology

The two recent blackouts in India were mainly caused by the failure of India’s electricity infrastructure to meet increasing demand for power.

Poor policy frameworks, ageing transmission infrastructure, and ailing distribution companies have all contributed to this increasing gap between supply and demand.

In order to avoid these types of large-scale blackouts in the future, India needs to...

By Ovum Research, 21 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, India, Infrastructure.

CreditCall moves mobile Chip and PIN to forefront

Payment gateway providers CreditCall’s Chip and PIN payment processing app, CardEase Mobile, has been rolled out to UK users, as well as to partners and developers worldwide.

CardEase Mobile, which can be utilised on smartphones and tablets, is purportedly the first payment app to process Chip and PIN as well as magnetic stripe card payments.

The product is EMV certified – or in other words has been approved by Europay, MasterCard and Visa – and works in conjunction with a merchant account and PIN pad from...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Mobile, Smartphones.

Huawei largest telecom equipment vendor, beats Ericsson

There’s been a sea-change at the top of the telecom equipment vendors market; Chinese manufacturer Huawei posted more sales revenue than Ericsson through Q1 and Q2 of 2012.

Huawei posted first-half sales revenue figures of CNY 102.7bn (£10.4bn), which was a 5% increase from this time last year.

In comparison, Swedish vendor Ericsson posted revenue figures of 106.3bn kronor (£9.85bn) for the first two quarters of this year.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei chief financial officer, spoke of “moving...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, Operators.

TELCO innovation is increasingly grounded in reality


Ovum recently published the latest versions of its fixed and mobile innovation radars (“Fixed Services Innovation Radar: 2H11 and “Mobile Services Innovation Radar: 2H11). The radars tracked a total of 638 service launches by fixed and mobile TELCOs in the second half of 2011.

It is clear from these service launches that TELCOs’ expectations are more...

By Ovum Research, 13 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

LTE compliant products: Too early or just in time?

Those of you who lived the 2.5G-3G-HSDPA transition through work in either the technical or commercial sides should be experiencing strong Déjà vu spells already. If not, beware: you may be a victim of ‘the happiness of ignorance’ without even realizing it.  

Because this is exactly what you have if you believe that rolling out 4G networks means everything will fall into place and work in harmony: Carriers, hardware, software, uninterrupted live call transfer from 3G to

By Kostas Papahatzis, 13 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE.

Determining if there really is a spectrum shortage

Those of us who have been in the wireless space for years take for granted that there is a spectrum shortage but the New York Times had a compelling story discussing how spectrum sharing and smart antennas will help alleviate the problem.

They even have a quote from David P. Reed saying that radio frequencies are not finite. TMC's Peter Bernstein disagrees with this last point and has some

By Rich Tehrani, 20 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, N America, Operators, Wireless.

Are wireless networks evolving too slowly?

Wireless and WiFi network capacity is evolving too slowly to accommodate the surge in enterprise mobility, leading to declining user satisfaction levels, according to a new report.

Mobility services specialist iPass examined the effect of what it calls ‘Mobile Darwinism’, as technology and data consumption evolve faster than business infrastructure and mobile networks can handle.

The report found a 25% decline on 2011 levels of mobile network satisfaction to 63%. Only half of those surveyed were...

By Matt Henkes, 06 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks.

Rapid LTE adoption will only reach 6% globally

The adoption of LTE networks will be rapid over the five years, driven largely by enterprise subscribers, but will only 6% of global subscribers by 2016, according to new research from the analyst firm Juniper Research.

Subscriber numbers will reach 428m in the next five years, with rapid uptake beginning next year, it said. Many operators are already making preparations to hit their roll out targets.

Enterprise will be the first big adopter of the new, faster mobile network technology, the report found, with...

By , 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, N America, Networks.

Where now for Hewlett Packard?

Computing giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reported a staggering dive in Q4 profits of 91% following a tough year that saw the manufacturer sack its CEO, then ditch its WebOS business in favour of a focus on software and cloud computing infrastructure.

So where does the world’s largest technology company see itself heading now after a most confusing twelve months?

In what was a pretty dismal, though in truth better than many predicted, financial quarter, HP’s profits nudged $200m, down from $2.5bn...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure.