Engagements, Strategy

Assessment of option to add mobile component for multi-play cable operator

A European cable TV, broadband and telephony operator wanted to explore the possibility to expand its portfolio to also include a mobile offering. The company operates in a market where multi-play is omnipresent but not necessarily viewed as a critical component for competitiveness. Northstream was asked to investigate and assess alternative mobile service offering scenarios, […]
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Published December 31, 2012 in .


Engagements, Strategy

Smartphone app pricing and market launch strategy assessment

A European cable TV, broadband and fixed telephony operator was investigating the roll out of a smartphone app combined with a complete overhaul of its telephony pricing schemes. The fixed telephony market was in general losing both revenues and profitability in the wake of fixed to mobile substitution, increasingly inactive subscribers and dropping price points […]
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Published December 31, 2012 in .


Engagements, Strategy

IT department spin-out plan assessment for operator

Business and Operational Support Systems (BSS and OSS) enable a network operator’s (MNO) customer facing functions such as billing and product management, and the management of network resources respectively. This market is increasingly dominated by large, global players strong in enterprise software or network infrastructure. The market is transitioning to more flexible and open source […]
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Published December 24, 2012 in .


Engagements, Strategy

Trend scouting and analysis of hot beds

Silicon Valley is generally regarded as the most innovative region in the world in regards to technology and Internet services. At the same time, the Valley has extremely high competition among investors to find and secure potentially successful startup companies. The client, a global telecom operator, asked Northstream to analyze various regions in Europe to […]
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Published December 17, 2012 in .


Engagements, Strategy

Provision of continuous insight to executive management

The mobile landscape is in considerable change with mobile broadband and smartphone growth in addition to large scale LTE network roll out programs. A successful telecom operator with operations in a variety of markets requested Northstream to provide continued external advisory support to the CEO. The engagement allowed executive management to benefit from inputs based […]
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Published December 16, 2012 in , .


Engagements, Strategy

Unified Communication portfolio assessment for a leading vendor

A major telecom player asked Northstream to analyse the offering of a leading Unified Communications vendor and to develop a view on future market developments. The assessment focused on technology, packaging, pricing model, distribution channels and partner network. Northstream provided the client with a full UC portfolio breakdown including future scenarios along with descriptions of potential market impact.
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Published November 13, 2012 in .


Engagements, Strategy

Mobile market entry strategy assessment for cable TV and broadband operator

A European cable TV, broadband and telephony operator wanted to explore the possibility for expanding its portfolio to include a mobile offering. Northstream was asked to investigate and assess alternative mobile service offering scenarios, their respective fit with the existing product portfolio and the potential effect it would have on the operator’s overall market position, subscriber base, churn rate and financials.
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Published August 14, 2012 in .


Engagements, Strategy

Study of mobile operator´s strategy for core network modernisation

An infrastructure supplier mandated Northstream to study mobile operators’ potential transition to virtualized and cloud based solutions for their Telecom and IT platforms. Mobile operators are pressured to improve the efficiency and flexibility in their networks, and this study focused on understanding whether improvements and cost savings can be achieved via virtualization of in particular […]
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Published July 27, 2012 in .


Engagements, Strategy

Scouting for innovative companies for operator client

Based on Northstream’s track record in finding small to medium companies with innovative products and services, a European mobile operator client asked for support in finding companies that could fit their product development roadmap. Northstream applied its Innovation Scouting process over two months based on client input on technology area, product maturity, business model and […]
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Published June 27, 2012.


Engagements, Strategy

Fiber-to-the-home roll-out scenario assessment

An Asian fixed and mobile operator asked Northstream to analyse benefits and drawbacks of a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network compared to a continued upgrade of the legacy copper-based network to a Next Generation Network (NGN). Based on client input on existing technology, roadmaps on technology investments and end-user product offerings as well as organizational capabilities, Northstream […]
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Published June 27, 2012.