Connecting the dots

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TIME June 2015

Connecting the dots

Telecommunication providers as enablers for Smart Cities

Smart Cities are evolving around the globe – each distinct in nature, which implies that these eco-systems are driven by a variety of stakeholders with different ambitions and visions. Arthur D. Little has supported several best-practice Smart City projects globally to increase the level of “smartness“ and sustainability within this complex eco-system. With our proven framework, Arthur D. Little was able to increase the flexibility and adoptability of services and business models, thus enabling the creation of unique and valuable „Smart City“ models across the world.
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Reshaping the future with NFV and SDN

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TIME May 2015

Reshaping the future with NFV and SDN

The impact of new technologies on carriers and their networks

A geographically diverse set of Tier 1 carriers is driving initiatives to standardize critical components of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networks (SDN). Led by AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, NTT, Telefonica and Verizon, among others, these carriers hope to bring new technologies first developed and proven in the data center into their networks. The excitement over NFV and SDN has created renewed interest in the networking business and has fanned debate regarding potential winners and losers. So far, however, there has been only limited analysis of the potential economic and competitive impact of these technologies on the network, operations and the bottom-line. [...]

Telecom and Media

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TIME May 2015

Telecom and Media

How to ride the OTT wave

The telecom and media space is going through significant changes as the way we consume media evolves. In 2014, the move to content digitalization accelerated and we received confirmation of the emergence of key players in the video and music distribution industry. [...]

Media & Entertainment: Flow of Funds

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TIME May 2015

Media & Entertainment: Flow of Funds

Trends and developments in the UK

The UK Media and Entertainment sector has exhibited solid growth to reach GBP 39.1 bn by the end of 2013. Consumer spending on media and entertainment accounted for more than half the total industry inflows, though the proportion coming from advertising is now growing strongly. Both segments exhibit a strong shift towards digitization. Within product genres, and when combining online and offline spend, TV/Video and Gaming exhibit overall revenue growth, whereas Music/Radio and Newspapers/Magazines remain in decline. [...]

Big Data: A gold mine in Telcos’ backyard

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TIME April 2015

Big Data: A gold mine in Telcos’ backyard

Extracting maximum value from Big Data

Big Data is an invaluable strategic lever for telecom operators to reverse the revenue decline trend affecting markets worldwide. Big Data enables Telcos to leverage one of their strongest hidden assets, customer insights. [...]

Time to better leverage LTE?

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TIME April 2015

Time to better leverage LTE?

Benchmarks, dynamics and insights into mobile data services

The current global trend towards tariff reduction highlights the importance of generating and promoting data usage through LTE’s enhanced customer experience. Introducing value-added services can also be a functional way for mobile operators to promote broadband usage; when successfully perceived by customers as a differentiation factor, it can be a rewarding way to enhance the value proposition and support sustainable growth. To better monetize their LTE investments, telecom operators should leverage pricing models that further stimulate data consumption, such as data volume tiered pricing, speed-based differential pricing or bundling of OTT services. [...]

Clarity on carrier cloud

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TIME April 2015

Clarity on carrier cloud

Staying the course, despite the odds being stacked against carriers

Carrier’s the world over are actively investing to find their niche in cloud services to drive growth, but few can claim success. Building a credible cloud service will require to fully understand the market potential for public, private cloud and related services. Potential entrants need to analyze how cloud technology will shape the market, what are the required technology and software capabilities and how to create a win-win situation through alliances. [...]

French media in the crisis: storm or tsunami?

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TIME February 2015

French media in the crisis: storm or tsunami?

Arthur D. Little France Media Flow of Funds

The French media market is undergoing a profound transformation as a result of the economic crisis, but also because of structural changes such as the development of digital media and the emergence of new forms of consumption. With its unique Media Flow of Funds methodology Arthur D. Little provides insight into the speed and main beneficiaries of this transformation. [...]

Convergence of banking and telecoms

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TIME February 2015

Convergence of banking and telecoms

Will digitalization encourage cooperation?

Telecom operators and retail banks have been converging for years. As remaining barriers vanish and extrinsic factors push further convergence, banks will see increasing competition from telecom operators, which will aggressively enter into financial services, especially in transactional lines of business. In this Viewpoint, we explore the opportunities for competition or co-opetition between these industries that are ready for cross-fertilization. [...]

Creating value in telecoms consolidation

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TIME January 2015

Creating value in telecoms consolidation

Lessons learned – Benchmarks – Recommendations

Europe and in fact the world experiences a record wave of telecom merger activity. Mergers are generally expected to create significant value via the realization of synergies – not just in the Network and IT area (remaining the bulk synergy source) but also in Distribution and Marketing, SG&A and – more uncertain – in the revenue area. The challenge for shareholders, lenders and merger / post-merger integration executives is to actually achieve these synergies. This becomes ever more important as synergies tend to justify ever higher proportions of the purchasing price. Our viewpoint provides analysis, lessons-learned, benchmarks, time needed to achieve synergies and hands-on tips derived from a close look at four mobile-mobile mergers in the EU and largely valid for any combination of telecom mergers. [...]

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