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Broadband World Forum Summary Day 2: The Yawning Gap between Operations and Suppliers Continues

The vendor keynotes on Day 2 of the Broadband World Forum were again rather dry and focused on why operators should buy more complex networks.  A common vendor claim was that a 10% increase in broadband connectivity results in some % increase in GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  I have a sneaking feeling that there is […]

Is QoS Monetizable for Consumer Services?

We’re seeing lots of wishful thinking in the industry around being able to monetize QoS (Quality of Service) for consumer services.  In part its coming from the current LTE (Long Term Evolution) sales push, which has an overly complex set of QoS capabilities given the limitations of the air interface.  As well as the summer […]

Looking Back and Looking Forward

This article reviews some upcoming themes and the passed year’s themes. Looking Forward: MWC 2010 and some themes for the coming decade What will probably be the main themes of MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2010? Unfortunately, LTE (Long Term Evolution) will be a key focus of the show.  I’ve discussed previously why most operators do […]

Human Behaviour and Mobile Broadband Pricing

In my journeys around APAC (Asia Pacific region) over the past few months, a common theme is the explosion of mobile broadband (MBB), as reported in previous articles in this weblog such as Mobile Broadband Explosion, The Internet’s Gone Video, and Mobile and DSL Broadband Compared.  However, the impact of that explosion on the operator […]

An Independent Review of LTE (Long Term Evolution, aka 4G): Cutting through the marketing hype

LTE (Long Term Evolution, also known as 4G) is entering the hype-cycle, and being rapidly pushed up to the ‘peak of inflated expectations’, just like IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), PTT (Push To Talk), FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence), and far too many other technologies to name here.  So to cut through the hype and hopefully present […]

Update on OSS Consolidation Part 1 Weblog Article: Service Management

At the start of April I wrote about the consolidation in the service management space and the major trends of: Consolidation of functionality.  Just like enterprise IT, as mature functions are subsumed.  For example, once upon a time a service provider would buy a VoIP fulfillment platform, now multi-service fulfillment is the norm. Emergence of […]

OSS Consolidation Part 1: Examining Service Management (Fulfillment and Assurance)

Starting with a few definitions: Service Fulfillment systems support processes that ensure service providers give requested services to customers in a timely and correct manner, so called Order-to-Cash cycle. Service Assurance solutions monitor service performance based on the customer’s view, not the network manager’s view, based on defined key performance indicators (KPIs), key quality indicators […]

Comparing How Mobile Operators Communicate their Networks Data Rates around the World

Some DSL (Digital Subscriber Loop) providers have certainly led the industry in communicating rates for their service that are unlikely to ever be experienced by their customers, with statements such as “Speeds upto 50 Mbit/s,”  note that all-important ‘upto’ term.  Ofcom in the UK has started an investigation into this practice.  Physical loop limitations mean that […]