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Handset Subsidies – To Do or Not To Do?

In the past half a decade or so, one of the key drivers of the mobile communication sector is the rapid adoption of premium smartphones. The most popular form of selling smartphones in developed countries was using smartphone subsidies where the mobile operators offer customers with smartphones at low upfront cost and customers repay the […]
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Published August 29, 2013.


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The New Machine in M2M

Why is it that M2M has finally taken off? Some time ago I worked for a company that developed smart gateways that could bridge data traffic between different wireless technologies such as WiFi, Bluetooth, IR, GPRS (and later also 3G). The devices we sold featured a rather powerful processor, and an open Linux based operating […]
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Published June 24, 2013.


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How the US fuelled the European cloud industry

On June 7, The Guardian published a story on PRISM, a surveillance program launched by the U.S. Government’s National Security Agency (NSA). PRISM is in essence a system that allows NSA to extract communication of an individual without a court order, in the interest of US national security. Similar stories have appeared in the past […]
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Published June 11, 2013.


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Sharing is Daring

With the launch of Swedish mobile operator Telia’s new family data plan, the Swedish incumbent claims to be the first of its kind in Europe. The underlying importance of this is not whether Telia is the first to launch a shared data plan in Europe but more so whether this represents a movement toward innovative […]
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Published April 19, 2013.


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Money For Nothing – The odyssey of SIM-centric NFC payments

Some time ago I wrote about the relevance that “platform wallets” (e.g. Google Wallet, Windows Phone Wallet, Apple Passbook) would have over the near future in the mobile commerce arena. At that time I did not touch upon payment applications, as I wanted to bring to light that mobile commerce is much more than just […]
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Published April 5, 2013.


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There is no such thing as free innovation. Why wise regulation matters.

One thing is for sure: as mobile phone users we will continue to crave with great appetite innovative and ever more data-hungry applications. This requires infrastructure rollout and technology able to keep up with the increased data volumes that are to be handled; hence it entails large capex investment by the operators. Such investments would […]
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Published March 27, 2013.


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Ambient Awareness – Enterprises, get on board!

Much of the business world is lagging in truly adopting the knowledge sharing, analytics oriented, collaborative tools that have revolutionized our social world. And while I believe that resisting getting on board with social networking has some adverse impacts for individuals, for businesses the benefits of being completely on board are swiftly becoming too great […]
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Published February 7, 2013.


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The Nordic VOD Royal Rumble

For those that don’t know, the Royal Rumble is a professional wrestling Pay-Per-View event, in which a number of wrestlers aim at eliminating their competitors by hurling them over the top rope. While this may seem extreme (and perhaps a little violent), it paints a similar picture to what is going on in the Nordic […]
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Published January 29, 2013.


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Free vs. Google: Bad Economics

French fixed and mobile network operator Free (owned by parent company Iliad) recently began blocking online advertising sent to its fixed network subscribers. Although the move was quickly reversed after complaints by local advertisers on net neutrality grounds, the initiative raises interesting questions. Google ads in particular have been targeted and there has also been […]
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Published January 18, 2013.


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4G or not 4G? There’s something rotten in the state of Europe

Tax is always a debated topic, and there tend to always be two (or more) sides of the coin. Taxes are sometimes used to drive behaviour away from unhealthy activities, such as consuming alcohol or tobacco. And often it works, Swedes’ alcohol consumption (at least inside Sweden’s borders…) is a typical example of where taxation […]
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Published December 20, 2012.