TIME UK | Financial Times | 10 July 2015

Telecoms groups invest in data networks to underpin consolidation

In this article about telecoms companies moving to updating their network technology to meet the demand for super-fast broadband, Arthur D. Little’s joint report with Bell Labs, “Reshaping the Future with NFV and SDN” is quoted. The report predicts that demand for super-fast broadband will drive telecoms revenues, but that telecoms companies need to invest in those networks. This is particularly important when moving from switch-based networks to IP networks. Modernizing networks could save European telecoms companies €14bn per year, as well as €25bn per year in cutting operating costs, according to the report. Jesus Portal, partner at ADL, is quoted confirming this – it will not be easy for the European telecoms industry to bring networking into the cloud era, but the rewards will be significant.

Energy & Utilities UK | Reuters | 02 July 2015

Germany Clinches Coal Deal after Months of Squabbling

Arthur D. Little partner Matthias von Bechtolsheim is quoted in this article about the German government’s plans to abandon a levy on coal-fired power plants but reduce brown-coal power production. von Bechtolsheim says that power stations are important for ensuring power supply in winter, and that some plants may have been closed up for good with Germany’s movement toward increased renewable energy. According to the article, many experts, such as those at ADL, believe that levying coal plants may push energy production into other European countries.

Energy & Utilities Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 24 June 2015

Interview – “Onshore wind energy and solar energy will become predominant forces’

The German “Energiewende” is a signature project of the German federal government. It includes not only the reduction of CO2 emissions, but also a nuclear phase-out. Furthermore, Germany will no longer rely on coal-fired power. Heating, electric power and mobility are the three backbones of the Energiewende. Matthias von Bechtolsheim, Partner at Arthur D. Little’s Energy & Utilities Practice in Frankfurt, gave insight into the future of the German energy market regarding the challenges of the Energiewende. He also classifies the EU CO2 policy and the German dependency on Russian natural gas as prevailing future market trends. Bechtolsheim points out that the success of the Energiewende project relies on the right political measures and incentives.

Automotive Germany | Rheinische Post | 19 June 2015

E-mobility – the spark is missing

The German national conference for e-mobility underlined once more the national goal of having 1 million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020. The German government has suggested purchase incentives that could initiate the breakthrough of the new technology. The speakers admitted that the goal of 1 million cars was ambitious. Nevertheless, they maintain that objective. Thomas Becker, an automobile expert at Arthur D. Little, points out that the German market is extremely price sensitive. German car buyers calculate the price-performance ratio very carefully. Electric cars are still more expensive than those with combustion engines.

Becker believes that it will take more than an ecological idea to convince German buyers. Nevertheless, he points out that infrastructure and technology have improved a lot within recent years. Still, a bigger number of electric cars will be required to spread the e-mobility infrastructure. Becker believes that monetary incentives will help the new technology to escape from that vicious circle. Company cars may be a particular key for achieving a sustainable breakthrough for e-mobility.

TIME UK | European Communications | 15 June 2015

Big Data survey: Telcos split on role of CDO as reality doesn’t match the hype

In this feature article about whether telcos should hire a chief data officer (CDO) to manage their Big Data strategies, Arthur D. Little manager Vikram Gupta is quoted on his views that organizations should embrace this new job description. He says that a CDO dedicated to mining, analyzing and management of data, as well as coordinating its use across the organization, is important for tapping the power of Big Data. ADL principal Shinichi Akayama is also quoted, stating how a lot of unrealistic hype has been created around Big Data and its monetary value to telcos, as payoffs from exploiting Big Data do not come easy. He warns that organizations will need to expect a lot of work once a Big Data platform has been introduced. However, he believes embracing Big Data as a strategy will help the operations of the organization considerably.

Automotive UK | The Sunday Times | 15 June 2015

Rise of the Machines

In this feature article about the rise of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, Arthur D. Little is quoted predicting that 21 million connected devices will be used in homes in offices in the Nordics by 2017, including 45% of vehicles. M2M technology in vehicles will enhance the safety and reliability of those vehicles, as well as make them more environmentally friendly.

Energy & Utilities UK | Renewable Energy Focus | 15 June 2015

GCC Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality

This online feature article is adapted from Arthur D. Little’s recent Viewpoint on reviving momentum that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has lost in past years for developing solar energy technology in the region. The GCC has one of the highest rates of insolation, and therefore huge potential to benefit from solar energy as its primary energy source. Almost all of the countries in the GCC have declared plans for significant solar energy initiatives – particularly Saudi Arabia, with its goals of implementing 41GW of solar energy over the long term.

However, the high ambition across the region appears to have lapsed since the various announcements in recent years. The article talks about key areas affecting the progress, including policy support, implementation vehicles, industrial strategy and participation of the private sector in the initiatives, as well as R&D, human capital development and investment funding.

Healthcare UK | Eye For Pharma | 14 June 2015

Embracing the Consumer Health Opportunity

This online feature article is adapted from Arthur D. Little’s recent Viewpoint on ‘Embracing the Consumer Health Opportunity. Over the course of the last decade the consumer health industry has risen as an important force that is reshaping the future of health care, enabling  an individual-centric model whereby consumers play a more central and informed role, alongside providers, in health care prevention, maintenance and ultimately, treatment. Players targeting the consumer health opportunity space need to anticipate what the world will look like a couple of years ahead, what kind of solutions will be offered to consumers and decide where to be present and build the required capabilities.

Travel & Transportation UK | Transport for Cape Town | 08 June 2015

Transport Development Index reveals cost of transport in Cape Town in terms of time and money

The City of Cape Town’s Transport Development Index (TDI) – the first to be developed in Africa – reveals that 95% of commuters making use of public transport in the city fall within the low and low to medium income groups. Furthermore, the low income group spends on average 45% of their monthly household income on transport. The article discusses the TDI, which was developed by Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, to evaluate the accessibility and related costs of transport to different income groups and users across the city. Following on from the TDI, Cape Town was evaluated in terms of the Arthur D. Little Mobility Index that is used to measure cities all over the world. The Mobility Index uses 19 different transport-related assessment criteria such as the financial attractiveness of public transport; the share of public transport in the modal split; roads density; cycle path density; smart card penetration; car sharing performance; public transport frequency; traffic-related fatalities; mean travel time to work; and density of vehicles registered, among others. With an overall score of 37 points, the City of Cape Town ranks 73rd out of 85 cities worldwide and 4th out of six in Africa.

TIME Germany | Wirtschaftswoche | 05 June 2015

Final of the ears

High-tech giant Apple recently announced plans to enter the music streaming market. Competitors such as Spotify and Deezer will struggle to compete with Apple’s new business model – already the current market leaders are making losses. Clemens Schwaiger, digital media expert of Arthur D. Little, confirms that the decisive battle for music streaming is just ahead. Apple has not yet published concrete plans concerning the new streaming application. Nevertheless, experts believe streaming may be the perfect add-on to Apple’s iTunes. The company will offer a service that is slightly cheaper than competitors’ services. Schwaiger believes that Apple will soon become one of the big players in the music business – for the simple fact that the Californians have a bigger budget than any other company around the world.

With 800 million users worldwide, iTunes has massive potential. If only 10 percent of iTunes users complete subscriptions for the new streaming service, it will easily overtake Spotify with its 60 million users. For record companies, Apple’s entry may lead to bigger earning in the beginning. Some experts believe Apple may also be interested in the music marketing sector at some point. In that case, it will soon become a powerful competitor to record companies as well.

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