Tag Archives: MWC

MWC2013: The Mobile Dichotomy, Net-Head versus Cust-Head

The overall feel of MWC (Mobile World Congress) this year is upbeat.  More people attending, up from 67k to 72k.  The money being spent on LTE (Long Term Evolution) is starting to percolate through the industry, and later this year LTE-A (Advanced) as Telstra and several other operators announced.  In these articles from 2008 and […]

What the Mobile Industry can learn from the Failure of Canoe Ventures.

In March 2009 I wrote an article about “Why the Mobile Industry needs to keep an eye on Cable’s Canoe Ventures“.  This article was prompted by what I saw at MWC 2009 (Mobile World Congress), where the mobile advertising initiative announced in 2008 at MWC between Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile and Three was quietly swept […]

MWC 2012 Summary: The Trials and Tribulations of Entering Middle Age

This year I brought my wife and 2-year-old son to Barcelona; we arrived on the Thursday before MWC (Mobile World Congress).  Barcelona is great for small children with lots of playgrounds, some with crèches that bring out their toys to play with making it great fun.  The restaurants go the extra mile in making the […]

Are Mobile Operators Becoming The Corporate Equivalent of Shut-ins?

Why are operators so adverse to attending MWC (Mobile World Congress)?  It’s the mobile industry’s trade event of the year, where people gather to share experiences, insights and ideas.  Yes there’s lots of vendor razzmatazz; but it’s the chance meetings throughout the event are where innovation happens; its about people meeting people.  As an operator […]

SDP World Summit and Broadband World Forum

We’re reaching an interesting stage in operators’ attempts to remain relevant to customers beyond voice and internet access, which still remains a nice business, yet commoditization continues, albeit at a slower pace than most have predicted.  The slow pace shows the strength of state-granted duopolies / oligopolies.  Though we’re seeing a mounting chorus in the […]

Cloud based Telecom Application Platform from hSenid Mobile at Mobile World Congress

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this year hSenid Mobile will be presenting their cloud-based telecom application platform.  I covered this in a number of articles on SDP Asia’s Cloud SDP Workshop and on Cloud SDP.  For many operators this low upfront cost approach enables quick and easy experimenting to find the right […]

End of Year Review, Awards and Predictions: Its been a quiet year in Telecoms, but not Elswhere…

Given all the activity in the technology industry: Sun disappearing into Oracle (aka The Borg); HP’s ex-CEO’s escapades with an actress (normally in the joke its a bishop) and then joining The Borg; Microsoft finally getting its PC OS right and making Office 2010 a pleasure to use; Twitter, Facebook and other’s crazy valuations; Wikileaks; […]

When everybody wants to be your Friend: What’s an Application Developer to do?

Only a few years ago application developers were spurned by VCs as not being able to generate the returns they seek: ‘only platforms could do that.’  Now there’s a $100M fund for just iPhone apps.  Application developers were also subject the vagaries of operators’ new product development teams, who are expert on what will not […]

End of Year Review

The purpose of this article is to review some of the significant developments and trends in the telecom industry through 2008, and look forward into next year on what developments and trends may start to unfold. Open Innovation, Telco API and SDP. A theme of this weblog throughout the year has been Open Innovation, the […]

An Industry at the Crossroads: Mobile World Congress 2008 Summary

Overall My impression of MWC (Mobile World Congress, nee 3GSM) is it was quieter than last year, less hype and less people; however, the organizers claim attendance was up 3000, perhaps they were all the pick-pockets?  I think the industry is at a crossroad, in my discussions with operators internet access is the product that’s […]