Exane Report 2009 - Reviving the fixed line

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TIME March 2009

Exane Report 2009 - Reviving the fixed line

Triple-play slows mobile substitution and pushes broadband market consolidation

This eighth edition of the annual Exane BNP Paribas-Arthur D. Little joint report on telecom operators focuses on the move by operators into content. In preparing the report, we have conducted 95 interviews with 83 companies in the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) arena operating in 17 countries. [...]

The Burning Question

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Energy & Utilities March 2009

The Burning Question

Global energy policy and regulation

Peter Hughes, director at Arthur D. Little’s Energy & Utilities practice, delivers a keynote speech to Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. The speech discusses the reasons behind Europe’s growing reliance on imported natural gas and what is happening now as the world faces a critical moment in the development of global energy policy and regulation. [...]

Evolution of the species

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Financial Services March 2009

Evolution of the species

Optimising the IT sourcing model

Few IT departments are in good enough shape to meet the challenges arising from the current financial crisis. Optimising the IT sourcing model can provide a solution. Arthur D. Little proposes a service integrator approach: by outsourcing IT to a service integrator, companies can focus internal resources on core competencies, escape the complexity trap and position IT for a successful future. [...]

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. [...]

Cost Down, Environment Up

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Information Management March 2009

Cost Down, Environment Up

Green IT and cost improvement

Organisations may be tightening their belts in current economic times, but green IT’s global momentum shows no sign of slowing down, according to the Arthur D. Little market survey in January 2009. The CIO must combine green IT initiatives with cost improvement programs to convince executive management. Savings potentials of sustainability IT programs are in the range of 6-11 per cent of total IT costs. [...]

Tapping potential in Europe's card market

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Financial Services March 2009

Tapping potential in Europe's card market

How to benefit from a growing market

Cards are the fastest-growing form of non-cash payment around the world. The European card market retains huge potential for growth - 80 per cent of transactions in Europe are still made in cash. European card issuers can draw on trends in mature markets to identify the strategies they need to realise this potential. [...]

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. [...]

Setting priorities in the crisis

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Strategy & Organization February 2009

Setting priorities in the crisis

How focusing on the "basics" makes a difference

Since 1997, Arthur D. Little has been investigating the common factors that underpin the exceptional performance of six global companies. Revisiting these companies during the current crisis, we have established that the findings we made during the recession of the early 2000s still hold true, supporting the hypothesis that focusing on the "basics" can make the difference. [...]

Reshaping the Corporate Center

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Energy & Utilities February 2009

Reshaping the Corporate Center

How to turn your corporate headquarters from a cost factor into true value generation

Many corporates struggle when it comes to optimising support and back-office functions. Our approach offers a precise assessment of what needs to be kept, what needs to be done differently and what needs to be discontinued. The result? Corporate headquarters that many companies have never dared to imagine: business-focused, flexible, lean where possible and strong where necessary. [...]

Flying on tracks

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Travel & Transportation February 2009

Flying on tracks

Network airlines moving into high speed rail operations

This Arthur D. Little transportation Viewpoint looks at the key implications of airlines moving into high-speed rail. What is the business logic? What are possible characteristics of the competition between airline rail services and incumbent rail operators? What do airlines need to do in order to set up a feasible business model for HSR operations and how can rail operators answer this challenge? [...]

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