Hybrid TV

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TIME August 2008

Hybrid TV

Until recently, telecom operators have put their faith in IPTV to protect margins and to allow them to occupy all channels to the customer’s home. As a result, DSL operators across Europe have been rolling out CAPEX-intensive networks to provide customers with IPTV and to strengthen their position in the face of growing competition from cable companies. But new approaches are now emerging... [...]

Mergers & Acquisitions: Bust or Boom in CEE Telecoms?

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TIME August 2008

Mergers & Acquisitions: Bust or Boom in CEE Telecoms?

Telecommunications transactions in CEE reached a volume of EUR 3.9 billion Euros in 2007. But will CEE M&A activity remain at high levels in spite of the credit-crunch situation? This insight assesses three drivers for continued high transaction activity: privatisation, license tenders and a consolidation wave. [...]

The Challenge of Creating Lean Media

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TIME June 2008

The Challenge of Creating Lean Media

The digital revolution has made cost restructuring a strategic necessity for media companies. Many have already taken action to optimise their cost structure, but there is one area that tends to escape such measures: the editorial department. Applying cost optimisation initiatives to this department is often seen as the equivalent of performing surgery on the DNA of the company. [...]

A Mobile Playground

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TIME May 2008

A Mobile Playground

Arthur D. Little predicts that in the coming years, mobile advertising is poised to be the next major digital platform for brands to reach customers, and that the key telecom players need to get to this market early. [...]

In the eye of the telecom-media storm

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TIME February 2008

In the eye of the telecom-media storm

The principal structuring trend in the European technology, media and telecom sector during the next few years will be the advent of mobile broadband. This will be the key driver of revenue growth throughout the value chain: in access, offsetting the decline in traditional telecom revenues. [...]

Making the network count again

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TIME February 2008

Making the network count again

With competition in the mobile industry growing, mobile operators are now considering flat-rate pricing as the best way to meet customer expectations and to stimulate the take-up of mobile broadband services. Although mobile customers will appreciate the freedom to talk or be online as much as they like, operators will eventually face a very serious issue: How to meet growing capacity requirements in the network, while ARPUs are constantly decreasing? We think, it’s time to put the network access back into the pricing equation by establishing and offering distinct network based service classes for different customer groups. [...]

The World is becoming flat...

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TIME December 2007

The World is becoming flat...

Overcoming infrastructure issues for mobile operators

Flat-fee offerings are emerging for voice, data and multimedia services in many countries around the world. As flat-fee offers become increasingly aggressive, it can be already observed that they cause severe quality problems for all customers consuming these services. In this article we highlight the main infrastructure issues for a mobile operator and how they could be overcome. [...]

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TIME November 2007

Broadband Market Development in Germany

A multi-indicator view

In the past Germany was repeatedly criticised because of what appeared to be its underdeveloped internet market when the number of broadband connections per household was compared with other industrialised countries. The report demonstrates that a broader spectrum of indicators shows that Germany holds a good position in the market for broadband internet access when compared to other European countries. [...]

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TIME May 2007

Telecom Operators

Caution - work ahead

More than ever, European telecom operators must juggle between shrinking revenues in their traditional businesses on the one hand and opportunities to capture growth in attractive new markets on the other, driven by the development of fixed and mobile broadband. [...]

TIME May 2007

HSPA and mobile WiMax for Mobile Broadband Wireless Access

HSPA and mobile WiMax for Mobile Broadband Wireless Access.

The advent of mobile broadband access is accompanied by significant uncertainties over the likely future successes of the new technology choices that are becoming available. In particular, the relative commercial and technical advantages and disadvantages of operating HSPA vs. mobile WiMax remain unresolved. [...]

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