Archive for the 'Network Operators' Category

UK Mobile Coverage

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

UK mobile coverage is in the news today with the Government and network operators claiming it’s a win for consumers. However, as the article says, the money is "unlikely to be any more than the operators were going to spend anyway in that time period".
From a consumer angle, I have suffered from the network operators […]

Network Operators as Innovators

Friday, February 24th, 2012

There’s a new free whitepaper, Mobile Internet 3.0 How Operators can Become Service Innovators and Drive Profitability at Jupiter Networks (pdf) written by Chetan Sharma. The focus of the whitepaper is that operators that choose to remain a utility will see margins pushed downwards by 30-50%. Instead, they need to compete and collaborate to bring added-value […]

Vodafone Android Operator Billing

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Vodafone have announced the European rollout of their operator billing for the Android Market. It starts in the UK and Germany where consumers, who have purchased their devices through Vodafone online and retail channels, can pay for Android applications either via their monthly bill or via prepay (Pay as you go). Vodafone is the first in Europe […]

Operator Giants Mull Creation of New OS

Friday, September 17th, 2010

There’s a report on the GSM Business Briefing site that mentions that "Operator giants mull creation of new OS". They will be thinking about a… "common platform for mobile devices"… "motivated by a view that Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems have become a “Trojan horse” for these companies to establish their own relationships […]

UK Hutchison 3 Blogger Event

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

I have just come back from an evening UK Hutchison 3 blogger event in London. 3 have decided to move their social media efforts in-house with the help of Brando. Expect to see new twitter channels for 3 news and support in the near future.
From a developer viewpoint, I learnt about a […]

O2 and Oracle Java Event

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Yesterday evening I went to the O2 Litmus/Oracle Java Developer Event. While the event was advertised as "bringing together some of the best and brightest in web and mobile to share their experiences and discuss the rich and relevant tools available today", I was a bit disappointed there were no new announcements or presentations by […]

Freemium for Carriers

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Funambol has a new free (registration required) white paper on ‘Using Free-nomics to Avoid Pipe-ification. It considers the freemium model for carriers who are "battling deep-pocketed competitors who deploy freemium-based mobile services".
Strategies for making money from free services include…

Try-then-buy (as used by Apple)
Premium content (as used by Apple, Nokia, Vodafone)
Premium […]

Wholesale Applications Community

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The news from WMC about the new Wholesale Applications Community sounds a lot like an extension of the news from last November.
While this is all very well meaning (I sincerely hope it would come to fruition), I still can’t help but question how browsers will evolve sufficiently (and together) to allow this to happen. There […]