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Let’s cut the BSS and go digital

BSS/OSS transformations were already a hit many years ago.  Some of them were successful, but most of them failed or at least did not meet the commercial and technical targets. Reasons were many: complexity of legacy business and IT environment, poor project planning and/or execution, organizational friction, insufficient software solutions from vendors, etc… As a […]
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Published June 16, 2016.


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5 reasons why EU should change their view on consolidation

Over the last years we have had an interesting situation in Europe where Mobile Operators in a number of cases have merged and thereby consolidated their respective markets. Notable cases are Austria, Ireland and Germany which have all gone from 4 to 3 player markets. In November 2014, Margrethe Vestager succeeded Joaquín Almunia as European […]
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Published March 31, 2016.


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The cord cutter’s dilemma

The talk of media town has lately been the “cord cutters”, the video consumers who cancel their cable bundle subscriptions in favor of streaming their favorite TV-shows and movies from streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Nordic/GO or Amazon Prime. Recent data by the market analyst firm eMarketer suggest that this cord cutting is growing […]
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Published March 9, 2016.


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Men in Black XXVII

It is time again for the yearly pilgrimage to Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress. Last year the 5G hype cycle began with several interest groups making their 5G plans known ahead of the expected standardization. It was also a year when the Internet of Things was high on the agenda, and in particular launches […]
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Published February 9, 2016.


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On our way to Slush

The Nordic startup scene is hotter and more exciting than ever! Silicon Valley is of course tough to beat, but Stockholm has become the second most prolific tech hub in the world on a per capita basis, much thanks to success stories like Spotify, Skype, Klarna, King and Mojang. According to research conducted by Atomico, […]
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Published November 10, 2015.


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LTE-U: U for unwanted or underappreciated?

Confused about LTE-U, LAA? And now MuLTEfire? Don’t worry–you are certainly not the only one. Even 3GPP had struggled for a while before they finally reached consensus on these terminologies. Simply put, LTE-U is the general term for a modified version of LTE to be deployed in the unlicensed band (ISM band in 5GHz in […]
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Published August 18, 2015.


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Knocking down borders

“Deep in my heart, I hate geoblocking”. Hard words said by the EU Commission Vice President Ansip when he recently announced the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. A strategy with an intention to combine the 28 European markets into one common digital market. The more I think about it, Mr. Ansip is right, geo-blocking makes […]
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Published August 5, 2015.


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Tesla, iPhone, and sliced bread – what’s next?

When Hannibal saddled 38 elephants to cross the Alps and defeat the Roman Empire back in 218 BC, I wonder about his odds with the bookkeepers of his times. He comes to my mind when I think about Elon Musk, who is the driver behind the electric car venture called “Tesla” – on a mission […]
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Published June 30, 2015.


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Do opinions weigh more than facts?

At the Concurrences’ New Frontiers of Antitrust conference in Paris on Monday this week, the EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated that she is against operator market consolidation as there is no evidence that it leads to increased infrastructure investments. On the contrary, she stated infrastructure investments can be stimulated by increased competition citing operator […]
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Published June 17, 2015.


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Mobile Payments: Are there clear winners?

Mobile payments have been around for a few years but the topic had not had so much media coverage as it did when Apple announced Apple Pay, obviously. With so many articles about all kinds of new services ranging from the big caps such as Apple, Samsung, Google, etc., to mobile network operators, to start-ups […]
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Published May 6, 2015.