Will the Was "Now" Network become the Will Be "Now" Network?

After over a year of position and scheming, it appears that Sprint has finally adopted a technical direction for its network and customers. And, for all of you who have a WiMAX-based Sprint 4G phone, at least you are not more than two years away from getting trade-in value for an LTE-based 4G product.

The bottom line is that Sprintwill not be adding any new WiMAX phones to its crowded line-up of user technology.

So, the old front-runner...

By Wesley Kaplow, 02 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Operators.

Every which way...is that a technical strategy

With the possibility of piling-on, the last two weeks have been precious in terms of technical and business strategy gone awry.Friday, it was announced that Sprint's Board of Directors decided to turn against a Several Billion dollar deal to buy MetroPCS.  From a strategy perspective, you could ask what the Sprint-Nextel's CEO Dan Hesse was thinking?  This failure also comes on the heels of the virtually certainty of LightSquared being denied any useful operating license by the...

By Wesley Kaplow, 26 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators.

If Government IT requirements are not driving the tech train, what can be done?

Not too long ago, the government drove the information technology (IT) narrative for computing and telecommunicaitons.  There are many examples:

  • Lease and use of the Hollerith punchcard system for the Cenus of the United States of America. This legitimized the use of technology to improve business activities.
  • The “first” all-electronic computer (albeit without stored programs) the ENIAC. Funded by the government to speed ballistics calculations.  This mainstreamed the idea of digital computation
  • The purchase of the first Univac computer for the US Census Bureau (one...

By Wesley Kaplow, 12 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security.

A little "What is Old is New Again"

We think that today’s business model with services combined with cool handheld devices is new. Moreover, these services may be performed by people, systems, or manner unknown by the customer.  Email on your iPhone, Android, and Blackberry powered by the Cloud. A marketing phrase could be something like “You press the virtual keys and Google will do all the rest”.

However, this is really a case of what is Old is New again. George Eastman of Kodak fame coined the marketing slogan...

By Wesley Kaplow, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing.

It Hits the RIM and Bounces Out…

When you have an older service model, problems just seem tobuild and build: http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/industry-insights/technology/blackberry-breakdown-is-death-sentence

The latest outage and performance issues with the Blackberryservice is another indication that the executives at RIM have not moved withthe times. This has nothing to do with the quality of the network...

By Wesley Kaplow, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, LTE, Mobile.