M-Payments in M-BRIC

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TIME, Consumer Goods July 2010

M-Payments in M-BRIC

How to best leverage the upcoming opportunity

Mobile financial services are experiencing a global surge, especially in emerging markets. Global total transaction volume is expected to reach approximately USD 280 billion by 2015. Clearly, there is an enormous potential for M-payments in M-BRIC countries, but how to best capture it? This article provides an overview of the best entry strategies and indicates how players in each country must consider specific local requirements in order to succeed in the m-payment market. [...]

The German Internet Industry 2009–2012

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TIME June 2010

The German Internet Industry 2009–2012

Review, Trends, and Drivers

The joint study carried out by the eco - the association of the German internet industry - and Arthur D. Little is the first systematic analysis of the German internet industry. It sheds light on the complexity as well as the size of the industry and covers important indicators pertaining to the future development of market segments. [...]

Smart Grid opportunities for telcos

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TIME June 2010

Smart Grid opportunities for telcos

New business models in the electricity market of the future for telcos

Existing electricity grids are not capable of satisfying the increasing demand for a reliable electricity supply in the long run. The growing proportion of decentralised electricity generation based on renewables is making electricity transport and distribution significantly more complex, yet the existing electricity network is reaching its capacity and capability limits. A “smart grid” will deliver intelligent and highly automated grid maintenance and management. New business models and emerging players will change the rules of the game! [...]

Untying the Gordian Knot

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TIME May 2010

Untying the Gordian Knot

Digital Rights Management

The media debate regarding DRM over the past few years has pitted two groups against each other: end users accused of wanting a free lunch (e.g., through file sharing) and content owners who sometimes have been overambitious in building fences around their rights. [...]

Arthur D. Little Exane report 2010

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TIME April 2010

Arthur D. Little Exane report 2010

Mobile internet: blessing or curse?

This ninth edition of the annual Exane BNP Paribas-Arthur D. Little joint report focuses on European mobile operators: can they return to growth? If so at what cost? In preparing the report, we have conducted 87 meetings with 75 organisations in the telecoms, media and technology arena operating across 12 countries. [...]

TIME March 2010

Space for Creativity

Innovative Solutions in Central and Eastern European Telecommunications

The Central and Eastern European region (CEE) is a mosaic of 21 countries at various stages of development. While looking for solutions that best fit the local conditions, operators have often chosen previously untested, innovative solutions, and deployed new technologies earlier and faster than their Western European counterparts. This white paper provides insights into the primary telecommunications trends in the region. If you are interested in the full report, please contact Dr. Karim Taga. [...]

Cost Reduction in the Telecom Industry

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TIME March 2010

Cost Reduction in the Telecom Industry

Why operators need to act now to escape from the low-profit spiral

The telecoms industry in Europe and the US is at risk of becoming a low profit business. If the current trend cannot be reversed, industry margins are at risk of dropping from the current figure of 35 - 40 per cent to 15 per cent within 5 years. Cost management has to become an inherent core competence for wireless and wireline operators. Significant cost reductions are only possible with substantial changes in the business/operating model. New pressures will mean a change in mind-set and the ability to ‘think outside the box’. Arthur D. Little has successfully managed this process with many operators. [...]

Open Standards for IPTV Set-Top Boxes

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TIME December 2009

Open Standards for IPTV Set-Top Boxes

What an Open Standard Could Do for the Success of IPTV

The global IPTV industry has experienced impressive growth, but penetration levels are still modest. To spur further development and to avoid sub-optimisation based on multiple proprietary systems, a common standard will be increasingly important. Since no single proprietary standard for IPTV STBs is likely to emerge, influential players should cooperate to establish a widely supported open standard. [...]

TIME November 2009

Future of Television

The End of TV as We Know It?

The future of TV will be defined by the enrichment of linear TV with interactive, on-demand services. Successful business models will be based on a hybrid model, i.e. a combination of free services to attract users to the respective platform and paid services. Our report shows how this could work. If you are interested in the full report, please contact Dr. Karim Taga. [...]

Telecom Operators in a Carbon-Constrained World

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TIME November 2009

Telecom Operators in a Carbon-Constrained World

Findings of an Arthur D. Little Survey in the Middle East and North Africa

As the world awaits a global carbon reduction commitment, Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) telecoms operators must do more to ensure that energy and carbon management positively affect their future growth, according to a new report by Arthur D. Little and Dubai Internet City. [...]

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