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The dossier for our Prediction #3 – Shoemaker stick to your last – is building up

One of the world’s largest operators Vodafone is closing down Wayfinder, its provider of navigation- and location-based services. After players such as Google and Nokia started offering maps and other navigation support for free, “We could not charge for something that others give away for free” says a Vodafone spokesperson. Vodafone’s move, as well as […]
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Published March 12, 2010.


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There’s no such thing as a simple answer

We are frequently asked by other analysts, media and friends whether we believe mobile broadband is profitable. As with most questions asked to a consultant, a simple question will rarely get a simple answer…. Seriously though, we believe that there is no general answer. It depends on how you dress the case and most definitely […]
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Published March 9, 2010.


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49.000 suits in line for taxis, food and mobiles!

So, back home safely from another February week in Barcelona. Were my expectations met? Well, for a starter the weather was not as one would hope as Tlaloc detained the city and let go of his grip only the very last day. But other than that it was a pretty fruitful week in terms of […]
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Published February 24, 2010.


White papers

Smartphones 2010: Time for Operators to Take an End-to- End View

Smartphones have developed into one of the most lucrative segments of the mobile industry. Shipments have increased dramatically, and so has the number of vendors, OS and applications. Operators can benefit from this development, but also need to understand the risks. Northstream recommends operators addressing the potential of smartphones in an end-to-end approach, embracing four […]
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Published February 12, 2010.


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Vamos a la Fira, oh o-o-o-oh

I admit it upfront, this is my 20th Mobile World Congress (missed the one in Nice 1991, wonder why, now I remember, I was busy building a GSM network). 650 people at the first one I attended in Rome (we thought it was huge) and now probably close to 50.000 people. I’m not alone doing […]
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Published February 12, 2010 in , .


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iPad…Can’t help falling in love…

Reactions to Apple product announcements follow a familiar pattern. First, hype-building speculations and guesses around the specific nature of the announcement. Second, bashing comments and complaints on what was announced. It remains to be seen this time around if the third phase will be repeated, the one with general amazement over the market’s demand for […]
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Published February 4, 2010 in , .


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Mobile World Congress, or just a Mobile Congress?

As tradition calls for, in couple of weeks the Mobile World Congress will gather the mobile industry in Barcelona for a traditional celebration of past achievements and stimulating discussions about the future. In all its splendor and thousands of mobile executives and experts, this time it will however be obvious that something is missing in the room. It’s fair to believe that […]
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Published February 2, 2010.