WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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Digital #Disruption in #Telecos is still to come- discussion may apply to many other industries @DirkRohweder

Digital #Disruption in #Telecos is still to come- discussion may apply to many other industries @DirkRohweder | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

I recently had the pleasure to meet Pilgrim Beart now the CEO of devicepilot at a TM Forum workshop about the Internet of Everything (IoE) business models and monetization. He shared his story about alert.me an early connected home start up founded in 2006 that was sold in 2015 to British Gas for 100 million €.

He said that they were in intensive discussion with three industries: utilities, retail (DIY chains) and Telcos, as he felt for all three of them there was a huge potential to build a platform on top of their core business. Despite trialing and piloting with all three industries only the efforts with Telcos never led to any real-life implementations.

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A very interesting article on the changes that could happen in the telecom industry with the evolution towards Internet of Things and 5G technologies.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The paper highlights many important questions and decisions that players in the telecommunication industry must answer. I argue that similar questions must also be had in other industries, such as in Retail for example. 

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Mobile data grows by 10%/quarter and has become essential infrastructure via @Akamai #soti

Mobile data grows by 10%/quarter and has become essential infrastructure via @Akamai #soti | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Figure 42 shows total global monthly data and voice traffic. It
depicts a strong increase in data traffic growth but flat voice
traffic development. The number of mobile data subscriptions
has been increasing rapidly, driving growth in data traffic along
with a continuous increase in the average data volume per
subscription. Data traffic grew around 15% between fourth
quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.

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Early in the 2000s, Google and other web companies forecasted that people would consume Internet mostly via mobile devices (leading in part to Google investing in Android).


In 2014, mobile took over desktop for browsing the web (http://cnnmon.ie/1saCX3b). In its state of Internet report (SOTI 1Q14 http://bit.ly/1saE1UI), this Akamai chart shows that people are not buying iPhones and other mobile devices as phone replacements but as desktop replacements. The chart also highlights the importance of ubiquitous mobile network availability, via cellular or wifi.


But contrary to home or office usage, mobile depends on public networks to give users access to the Internet. For now, private corporations (telcos) have been the only ones providing this essential service. Soon, governments should consider providing the wireless telecommunication networks as part of their infrastructure, in a similar way that they provide roads, sewer and aqueducs.

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