British hacker took down Liberia’s whole telecoms network

A 32-year-old hacker from Surrey, England was arrested for a cyber attack which disabled Liberia’s whole telecoms network.

The hacker, Daniel Kaye, admitted to being hired by a senior official at Liberian telco Cellcom to carry out a cyber attack on rival Lonestar.

Mike Hulett, Head of Operations at the National Cyber Crime Unit, said:

“Daniel Kaye was operating as a highly skilled and capable hacker-for-hire. His activities inflicted substantial damage on numerous businesses...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Connectivity, Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Security.

Why digital transformation investment will hit almost $2 trillion – and the drivers of it

Across the globe, savvy CIOs and CTOs are deploying a wide variety of new technologies to enable their digital strategies. A hybrid IT infrastructure is the norm, where on-premises systems coexist with public cloud service offerings. Together, these ICT platforms create the foundation for an evolving suite of software applications and associated digital business processes.

Worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable the digital transformation (DX) of business practices, products, and...

By David H. Deans, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

Moving from DNOs to 'distribution system operators': How telcos are vital in this transformation

Global demand for energy is never going to diminish. However, it is set to change significantly over the next century, as governments pursue cleaner energy policies and consumers rethink how they use, and even generate, power. To support this change, a countrywide rethink of the networks that manage the flow of electricity is required....

By Paul Clark, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Green, Operators.

Why telecom service providers are exploring more AI applications

Savvy CIOs and CTOs at communication service providers are busy developing comprehensive strategies for the application of cognitive systems that enable new types of automation. The market leaders are currently engaged in numerous pilot and production projects that are a catalyst for further innovation.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning within the telecommunications domain is now an established practice and chatbots, customer services, and network management are areas where AI...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Customer Service, Disruption, Operators.

How the Internet of Things will enhance retail ERP solutions

The retail sector has undergone dramatic changes within developed markets, which the Internet of Things (IoT) technology adoption is accelerating. The widespread digitisation of the market has given rise to an industry that's very much data- and demand-driven, as opposed to supply- and cash-driven.

It's important to understand, when analysing the use of IoT in retail, that it requires more than a bunch of technologies in isolation. It's a transformation in retailer business processes, enabled by a...

By David H. Deans, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, IoT.

How telcos in New Zealand are transforming to become fully-fledged digital services providers

Telecoms providers in New Zealand are transitioning themselves to become providing digital services, according to a new research note from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst firm’s report ‘Telco Wars: A New Hope’, argue citizens can expect a wide range of digital products and services from these providers going forward.

The retail price tracking from IDC...

By Telecoms, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Operators.

How the Internet of Things device market continues to gain momentum

Demand for Internet of Things (IoT) devices continues to grow. Berg Insight released new findings of the market for cellular IoT gateways, routers and modems. About 3.2 million cellular IoT gateways were shipped globally during 2017 -- that's an increase of 22 percent from the previous year.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2 percent, annual shipments are expected to reach 8.6 million in 2023. Cellular IoT gateways are standalone devices intended for connecting M2M applications to a...

By David H. Deans, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Infrastructure, IoT.

How open data initiatives are fuelling mobility as a service

With rising levels of automobile traffic congestion and its environmental impact, there are now more efforts focused on finding ways to make urban travel more efficient. A catalyst for this change has been the principle of Open Data, which is where cities release as much data as possible about local transport, allowing companies to tailor services that fill gaps in coverage.

From this initiative, the concept of mobility as a service (MaaS) has evolved. This is primarily conceived as a method of increasing...

By David H. Deans, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

The five leading industries which will fuel blockchain growth

It's already clear that most savvy industry leaders have a greater understanding of blockchain technology than was the case a couple of years ago. This stems from a surge with internal research and development, in partnership with third parties, as blockchain has the potential to be deployed in a variety of use cases.

As the number of Hyperledger pilot projects increased, so has awareness. It's improved among the project participants and elsewhere in their industries, with competitor companies...

By David H. Deans, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Industry, Innovation.

Why telcos need to beef up their blockchain know-how to take a billion-dollar opportunity

Blockchain could boost the telecoms sector by up to $1 billion in the coming years – but to do that telcos need to build new capabilities, according to the latest note from GlobalData.

The verdict from the digital media provider, which notes that several major operators are undergoing initiatives, is that blockchain-enabled communications to...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Operators.

Why digital device shipments are still impacted by lower demand

The consumer electronics and mobile device vendors have experienced a significant slowdown in demand, due to a number of related factors that result in the ongoing downward trend. This is a global phenomenon, where few markets across the globe are likely to drive significant new growth opportunities.

The combined personal computer (PC), media tablet and smartphone markets are on pace to record 0.9 percent growth and eventually reach 2.28 billion units in 2018, according to the latest worldwide study by...

By David H. Deans, 31 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Research.

Enabling the benefits of network virtualisation through smart data

During the past decade, the telecoms landscape has changed dramatically. The emergence of OTT players has eroded service providers’ voice and messaging revenues, with reports suggesting that the widespread adoption of OTT messaging and VoIP services will drive losses of $386 billion for the telecoms industry between 2012-2018.

At the same time competitive mobile operators have moved to unlimited data...

By John English, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Disruption, NFV, Operators, OTT Services, SDN.

How the personal computing outlook reflects ongoing market change

The global adoption of public cloud computing services, the increased performance of smartphones and the demand for Chromebooks continue to negatively impact the rest of the consumer electronics market and to a somewhat lesser degree the enterprise IT marketplace.

Results for the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18) showed shipments of traditional personal computers (PCs) totaled 62.3 million units -- that's a year-on-year growth of just 2.7 percent, according to the latest worldwide market study by...

By David H. Deans, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Disruption, Smartphones.

Why disruption of the video entertainment industry is unstoppable

Ongoing disruption of the video entertainment industry is most apparent in North America, where incumbent pay-TV service providers continue to report significant subscriber declines. Past attempts to slow or reverse the customer losses have proven to be unsuccessful. Clearly, it's a huge challenge.

Furthermore, relatively new rivals in the sector, such as AT&T and Verizon, have invested heavily to acquire legacy media and online advertising companies in the hope of finding a viable business model to...

By David H. Deans, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Content, Disruption, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Why mobile service providers are focusing on reinvention

While mobile service subscriber growth rates are slowing, operator-billed ARPU (average revenue per user) levels continue to shrink. The decline in certain regions is exaggerated because of the depreciation of local currency bundles against the dollar (e.g. in Latin America and Europe), but the implications are clear.

Juniper Research believes that the key trends of recent years are likely to continue. In pluralistic markets typically inhabited by at least three network operators and MVNO providers,...

By David H. Deans, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, IoT, Mobile, Operators.

How robotics as a service expands potential applications

As more organizations in different industries consider emerging applications for robotics technology, new business models for vendors are also envisioned. Robotics as a service (RaaS) is an elastic concept. It refers to robotics systems providers that in addition to selling products, will now rent or lease their product to customers as a full-service solution.

Though the total market continues to grow, competitive pressure on robotics vendors to maintain profit margins means that they'll have to broaden...

By David H. Deans, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Networks.

Why the worldwide smartphone market continues to be sluggish

All consumer electronics devices eventually reach market saturation, where most of the people that crave the product already have it. After declining by 0.3 percent in 2017, the worldwide smartphone market will shrink again this year.

Smartphone shipments are forecast to drop by 0.2 percent in 2018 to 1.462 billion units, which is down from 1.465 billion in 2017 and 1.469 billion in 2016. However, IDC expects the market to grow by 3 percent annually from 2019 onwards. Worldwide shipments should reach 1.654...

By David H. Deans, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Devices, Disruption, Smartphones.

How IoT and blockchain is set to transform the global cargo industry

The online tracking of trailers, containers, rail wagons and cargo boxes is becoming increasingly common in all markets across the globe. New technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, will enable more secure automation of this activity.

Berg Insight released the findings from their latest global market study. The number of active tracking devices deployed for cargo loading units -- including trailers, intermodal containers, rail freight wagons, air cargo containers, cargo boxes and...

By David H. Deans, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, IoT, Networks.

Why fintech innovators are disrupting B2B money transfer

The money transfer segment of the commercial financial services sector is vast, with transactions taking place on both a domestic and international cross-border basis. A recent Juniper Research market study found that global cross-border B2B money transfers totalled $136 trillion in 2017.

Yet, to date, the B2B money transfer industry has not experienced the start-up innovation and disruption like other areas in the finance and commerce space. That being said, we can anticipate that 2018 will be pivotal, as...

By David H. Deans, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Innovation, Networks.