On March 31, 2017, Arthur D. Little held in London the first of a series of launch events of the latest edition of its annual Telecoms & Media flagship report with an unprecedented attendance of global senior industry executives and key investors, including more than ten leading UK operators, multiple web-majors and OTTs, infrastructure companies, banks, several private equity firms and representatives of the vendor community and UK government advisory bodies.
The report focuses on the industry's most pressing topic, "How digitalization will impact telecommunication operators' configuration", and addresses some critical questions: Is there volume-driven growth in the core segments of the European telecom market? How to successfully execute a B2B2x strategy? What are new production models that begin to emerge? The importance of this topic for operators, broadcasters, as well as hardware and content providers was highlighted by the large number of top UK based executives attending the event. Held at the Royal Institution, the event commenced with a welcome speech by Ignacio Garcia-Alves, global CEO of Arthur D. Little, and Richard Swinford, Head of the Telecoms & Media team of Arthur D. Little UK.
Subsequently, Bela Virag, Partner in ADL's Vienna office and lead author of this year's edition of the report, presented the main findings. This was followed by a lively Q&A session where questions from the audience and attending journalists were addressed.