The Moment of Truth

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TIME March 2009

The Moment of Truth

Cable infrastructure as a competitive Next Generation Access (NGA) platform in a financial crunch?

Cable operators are not only increasing market share but have also developed a cost-effective evolution path to meet future demand. In the foreseeable future, customer experience over cable will be comparable to that of fibre access networks. Investors should consider opportunities in cable infrastructure  and policymakers should take into account cable as a part of NGA platforms. [...]

Mobile TV - Tuning in or Switching off?

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TIME March 2009

Mobile TV - Tuning in or Switching off?

Broadcast Mobile TV is a new and complex business at the crossroads of the media/TV and broadcast/ telecommunication industries. Therefore it is not surprising that broadcast mobile TV has, in spite of about 40 million active broadcast mobile TV users worldwide, disappointed expectations on subscriber uptake and on revenue generation. However, key players continue to improve the underlying business model: They work on reducing the costs to deliver the service and on improving the user experience of mobile TV. At the same time, mobile operators increasingly realise the value of mobile TV as a contributor to support customer acquisition/ retention and to sell high value service bundles. And the next generation of broadcast mobile TV networks is already pending: At least three major consortia are working on launching mobile TV based on hybrid satellite/terrestrial networks which would cover entire world regions. In consequence, the number of broadcast mobile TV users should increase to about 140-200 million by 2011, which will generate substantial direct and indirect benefits for the media/TV and broadcast/telecommunication industry players. We therefore recommend to executives to stay tuned rather than to switch off on the mobile TV evolution. [...]

The Future for Telecoms Suppliers - Technology Bets and Survival of the Fittest

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TIME November 2008

The Future for Telecoms Suppliers - Technology Bets and Survival of the Fittest

Traditional telecom infrastructure suppliers are coming under pressure both from evolving operator demands and from new heavyweight competitors in the form of IT players and emerging Asian suppliers. This double pressure means selling fixed and mobile network equipment in both developed and emerging markets with sustainable margins is becoming ever more challenging for incumbent manufacturers. [...]

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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