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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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Your next BMV will come from an app store…

The media frenzy over mobile applications continues. Consumer brands launch applications. Mobile OS providers scramble to position their platforms as attractive for an applications business. Operators try to open application stores. Are applications THE killer-app?? This white paper charts different application store efforts and cautions operators to consider the relative merits of focusing on applications. […]
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Published January 18, 2010.


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User Data Management – A key to digital service profitability

Today, interactivity and communication has become the name of the game, driven by web companies that have improved the relevance and user-friendliness of digital consumer services. User Data Management (UDM) is a key enabler for such innovation and is an umbrella term describing the creation, storage, processing and delivery of digital user data such as […]
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Published December 16, 2009.


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Time to Top-Up the Prepaid User Experience

How an effective top-up strategy can improve operator performance metrics and accelerate mobile payments Facing flattening growth in prepaid revenue, many European operators see the need to cut costs, find new revenue sources and increase subscriber loyalty. This white paper presents the results of a Northstream study on the Western European prepaid market, with a […]
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Published June 21, 2009.


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Taking the temperature on green telecom

Environmentally related messages are nowadays frequent in equipment vendors’ marketing messages. Increasingly, one also meets industry representatives with titles such as “Director Environmental Affaires” and “Head of Climate Change”. Additionally, the latest Mobile World Congress in Barcelona reflected this increasing environmental focus where sustainability was one of the keywords. But how much long-term substance can […]
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Published June 16, 2009.


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LTE – When the time’s right

The next evolution step of mobile broadband technology has already appeared on the horizon: Long Term Evolution, or LTE. The technology is expected to deliver a better service experience to end users and lower cost to operators. Many industry experts believe that a number of commercial LTE launches will take place as early as 2010 […]
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Published April 22, 2009.


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Network sharing – From paper product to bottom line impact

On the outset, the benefit seems obvious; Network sharing saves cost = increased profitability But is it always straightforward or are there pitfalls to consider? The most talked about potential downside is of course how to ensure a collaborative spirit between competitors. Another obvious one is the technical integration with the respective non-shared portions of […]
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Published February 11, 2009.


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Software platforms for mobile devices

The market for mobile software platforms experienced major changes in 2008, driven by the iPhone 3G launch, Symbian’s transformation and the market entry of Android. A growing number of operating systems are battling for market share and attention from the endorsement ecosystem and end users. This happens in a growing market – but industry players […]
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Published February 11, 2009.


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Delivering profitable mobile broadband

In many developed markets, mobile broadband experienced continued strong growth in 2008 and competes with SMS for the best selling service after voice. However, traffic and resulting costs are becoming so high that operators need to take action in order to manage profitability. The rules known from the mobile voice business no longer work: Broadband […]
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Published February 11, 2009.


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UMA catalyses convergence revenue battle for mobile operators

Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) has been a conference and presentation fixture in various forms for many years, but little has so far materialized. Now, the convergence winds of change are fast approaching storm force, whipped up not least by the strong advances of Voice over IP on the one hand and the fixed-mobile substitution trend […]
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Published October 6, 2005.