The OTT conundrum for MENA telecoms

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TIME February 2016

The OTT conundrum for MENA telecoms

In this Arthur D. Little regional telecom report we aim to provide a nuanced view of the growth patterns within the MENA region, as well as deconstruct the growth to its underlying reasons in four key markets. An important focus area is the threat of core revenue disruption by over-the top (OTT) players in messaging, voice and video. On the surface, there exists a deceptive view of homogeneity for the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa region, and for especially the subregions of Middle East and North Africa (MENA), such that these markets appear very similar. In reality, the local information and communication technology (ICT) markets are quite varied. Our analysis and discussions with local decision-makers present several interrelated conclusions. [...]

Flexible SIM

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TIME February 2016

Flexible SIM

Operator catalyst in digitalization and convergence

Mobile operators, device manufacturers and standards bodies have been working towards replacing swappable physical SIM cards (classic) with flexible SIM solutions that are provisioned over-the-air. Embedded SIM chips (eSIM) and softwarebased approaches (SoftSIM) were initially launched by industry players with M2M in mind and are now expanding into the pure consumer segment. [...]

Pricing Benchmark

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TIME January 2016

Pricing Benchmark

Voice and MBB Services Tariff Plans Benchmarking

In our current  Voice and MBB Services Tariff Plans Benchmarking edition we observed, mostly in the Western Europe, continuous trends of decreasing prices and an increasing of data allowances and consumption with a consequent growing demand for Networks Infrastructure [...]

Energize Telecoms

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Energy & Utilities, TIME December 2015

Energize Telecoms

Benefits and risks for telcos considering opportunities in energy management

For several decades the prospect of energy utility and telco convergence has loomed, but with limited results. All of the above change factors, however, demonstrate a transformational shift in the energy sector and open new opportunities for telecom and technology operators. Global players have already been stepping up to the challenge. [...]

Smart Home: Bridging the Islands

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TIME November 2015

Smart Home: Bridging the Islands

Why telecom operators are best positioned to unlock untapped potential in Smart Home

The Smart Home becomes a significant market for multiple industry and ecosystem players - from home appliance manufacturers to software players to telecommunication service providers, utilities and insurance companies. [...]

Germany´s Internet industry 2015 – 2019

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TIME November 2015

Germany´s Internet industry 2015 – 2019

Study by eco and Arthur D. Little offers deep insight into the rapidly growing sector

The Internet industry will continue to be one of the fastest growing industry sectors in Germany in the coming years - and will overtake front-runners like mechanical engineering and the automotive industry. [...]

Managed services for telecom operators

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TIME November 2015

Managed services for telecom operators

Removing the efficiency barrier customers face from technological complexity

Managed services are becoming increasingly popular with businesses around the world. The global market for managed services is expected to grow from USD 160 billion in 2014 to USD 286 billion in 2019, at an estimated CAGR of 12% over the next few years.

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Telecom operators: Open Innovation with start-ups

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TIME September 2015

Telecom operators: Open Innovation with start-ups

Venture forth as partners of choice

The latest start-up activity cycle represents not only an accelerated disruption to existing business models but also serves as a renewed opportunity for telecom operators to tap into growth and innovation. At the same time, operators are currently far from being the partners of choice for start-ups, but are rather seen as slow-moving, inefficient, non-decision making and ultimately non-value creating partners. [...]

5G: Closer than you think

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TIME September 2015

5G: Closer than you think

While a global standard is yet to be defined, South Korea has already announced a 5G trial network for the Winter Olympic Games in 2018. From 2G to 4G, cellular wireless technologies have been evolving towards offering more speed, and each standard has been tagged with a handful of major attributes. 5G will embrace a significant leap forward in terms of performance targets, as it needs to offer new possibilities to connect not only people, but also objects such as cars, wearables, home appliances and industrial machines. In order to meet these targets, 5G technology will embrace end-to-end connections – not just the radio access part. [...]

Mobile payment

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TIME August 2015

Mobile payment

Is this the turning point?

Mobile payment has been on the agenda of numerous players across industries for more than a decade. Now, with Apple Pay launched and the markets getting equipped, mobile payment may finally take off, also in developed markets. Most recent example underlining the potential for a final uptake, the German grocery chain ALDI, known as a rather traditional player, announced the introduction of mobile payment in Germany, a country with a current cash share of more than 80%. [...]

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