Category Archives: Service Platforms

What’s going to happen at MWC 2017?

I’ve not attended MWC (Mobile World Congress) for quite a few years, and I’ll not be at MWC 2017. I reviewed back in 2015 some of the reasons in this weblog, MWC is Broken. For this year, you’ll likely see most of the usual faces, but for many of the vendors there will be fewer demos […]

Summer Madness. Beware those heralding digital transformation and API business models

It must be the additional heat from global warming bringing the summer madness out early. This is just a selection of the silliness I see pass through my inbox today on the way to the deleted folder. Digital Transformation still keeps being used as if it means something. Digital was cool in the ’70s, just […]

The Peculiar State of An Industry

It sort of feels like the 1980/90s to me, or for my parent’s generation the 1950/60s. With all the marketing jabber on artificial intelligence, robots / drones, home / city automation, self-driving or flying cars, virtual reality, ‘modern’ homes, the difference today is its mashed-up up with prepositions such as cyber, digital, smart, and personal. […]

The Joy of Telecom Democratization

Amara’s Law states, “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Another way of looking at this law is the cognitive biases of attention-bias, confirmation-bias and herd-instinct; which tend to make new ideas overly popular with fanciful claims believed on when benefits can be […]

Comptel’s Nexterday

I was lucky enough to be invited to Nexterday North to present on telecom app development. Nexterday North is a TED-like event principally sponsored by CompTel, with an impressive line up of speakers, including Ted Matsumoto’s presentation “SoftBank’s Mobile Internet Strategy and Advice to Challengers.” This was the highlight for me, they have one of […]

The Power of Open Source in Telecoms: Mobicents

OpenHub published a fresh report with metrics on the Mobicents open source projects. Some of the highlights include: Contributors up 85% from previous 12 months Commits up 31% from previous 12 months Code base grew 2x (to 3M lines of code) since Telestax took over in 2011 Mobicents codebase is now worth $51M at an average […]

Next Generation Service Platforms Review

Shortly after TADHack Global the Next Generation Service Platforms (NGSP) event took place on the 17/18 June in Munich.  Below are 2 sets of slides, the first reviews some of the key presentations given at the NGSP event, and the second is my presentation that provides some background on TADHack and a brief review of […]

The Growing Importance of the Phone Number Beyond the Call

The phone number is quite a useful identity, most internet-based communication services like Whatsapp use the telephone number identity today because it also provides a handy multi factor authentication capability. Put simply, you possess something (e.g. a mobile phone #), you know something (e.g. a password), and the emerging one of inherence (unique things of […]

Shango Review: Setting Telephony Free

The Shango team have an impressive history spanning over 6 years in building and integrating telecoms and web backend systems. They built the back-end-as-a-service platform business that One Source Networks’ bought last year, and the team have spent over two years building their new platform that bridges the telephone network and the web. The good […]

The need for an industry reset on services

Its 2015, in case you didn’t notice 😉  IMS is still not pervasive, tier 2 telcos continue to buy NEW soft-switches in preference to IMS as its too expensive / complex, and RCS is nowhere as discussed in this weblog – a big thank you to all the contributors in the comments.  VoLTE is making slow, painful […]