Blockchain benefits to telco carriers/operators

Blockchain: From Connectivity Pipe → Smart Contracts! In addition to exploring diversified VAS opportunities, telco Carriers are also seeking to cut costs, achieve transactional efficiencies and better facilitate transparency &  accountability within their (complex) multi-faceted operation… enter Blockchain! Blockchain will enable telecom carriers/operators to realize these goals (& more), in part due to the platform’s inherent traits – namely – shared ledger, near-real-time immutable updates, cryptographic security and auditable smart contracts For example, a blockchain platform could aid Carriers in seeking out valuable cost savings; particularly from within their multi-party transactional operations (e.g. Supply…

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eSIM benefits to telco carriers/operators

eSIM: Capitalizing on SIM strengths & IoT/M2M growth eSIM (embedded SIM) platform has already been benefiting the commercial M2M/IoT segment; enabling enhanced device provisioning, management & billing services… BUT… recently has trickled into select number of consumer devices as well (e.g. Tablets, Smartwatches, etc.) Many Carriers are worried that if OEMs (en-masse) began shipping smartphones with eSIM, it would lead to higher subscriber churn (impacting revenues)… BUT… are gradually…

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NGN (5G), eSIM & Blockchain – A Trifecta for Telco Carriers/Operators

Wireless Carriers transforming from being (traditional) Connectivity Provider → (trusted) Connected Solutions Partner / Architect are best positioned to play a lead role in the Connected Life & Industry 4.0 era This first post in a multi-segment series introduces 3 key initiatives that will support Wireless Carriers through their transformative journey   Many Carriers bring to the table substantial industry expertise, existing network infrastructure & assets, extensive consumer reach, robust distribution network as well as the ‘trusted entity’…

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To measure a smartphone/brand’s performance look beyond the shipments metric

One question I’ve often been asked is – “How do you measure a smartphone (model / brand’s) performance or success?” There are many metrics by which a smartphone’s (model / brand) performance (or success) can be measured; the most common of them being the unit shipments Quick note: Different entities (Carriers, brand, retailers, etc.) & teams within (procurement, marketing, pricing, channel ops, etc.) the smartphone’s value chain will have different goals and…

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How smartphones are evolving in an AIaaS era

This post aims to highlight few ways the humble smartphone is evolving in an era where consumers are seemingly shifting their focus away from iterative hardware improvements and towards enhanced services the device enables (AIaaS, VR/AR, etc.) AIaaS takes center stage Rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and myriad of underlying AIaaS (Artificial Intelligence-as-a–Service) solutions are promising unique user experiences as well as limitless opportunities to its value chain players Use cases range…

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All wireless carriers/operators will offer 5G… but only those offering better CX will stand out of the crowd

All things being equal, robust consumer experience (CX) initiatives could help Carriers differentiate in a democratized 5G era All Carriers will offer 5G… now what? As Wireless Carriers gradually roll out their versions of Next Gen Network (5G) towards full commercial deployment by 2020; they also need to prepare for the fact that their competitors would offer similar 5G…

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Why $1500 iPhone would be a gift to Wireless Carriers

$1,500 Anniversary edition iPhone could actually be a gift to Wireless Carriers… The post aims to look past the rumored technical specifications and into key impacts an ‘Anniversary Special Edition’ iPhone 8 would have on these types of Carriers Tis’ that time again… Again! Like clockwork, the iPhone rumor mills are in full throttle this year…

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Exploring revenue potentials of the Connected Vehicle segment

Continuing from Part 1, where we explored the monetization framework for Connected Vehicles, Part 2 dwells into the key segments & extended IoT monetization potentials Concept of CSAP The Connected Solution Aggregators & Partners (CSAP) provides the industry with an End-2-End solution…which includes hardware (sensors), connectivity (wireless), support (dealer network, 24X7 roadside maintenance, call center access) and predictive insights as a Simplified Solution…

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Network Slicing – What is it?

What is Network Slicing? As the name implies; Network Slicing is a process by which Wireless Carriers can ‘slice-up’ a single (physical) 5G network into multiple virtual (End-2-End) networks that are individually optimized to service the requirements of various Connected IoT devices Key Benefit of Network Slicing? 5G is set to serve broad range of IoT use cases with varying degree of network requirements… from autonomous vehicles requiring continuous…

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Why you’ll have to wait at least until 2020 for 5G

By now, you’ve probably heard of how NGN – Next Generation Network – (marketed as 5G) will soon become the backbone of connected everything in the near future Despite the endless ‘5G’ buzz from Wireless Carriers to network vendors and everyone in between; wide scale commercial 5G deployments aren’t expected until at least 2020 Fragmentation… the one key challenge to address…

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Self Healing Network – What is it?

What is Self Healing Network? Is a future network state where advanced AI & Machine Learning work in unison to not only proactively monitor network patterns & predict potential issues but also possess the ability to fix itself with optimally-suited solution in real-time… all with little –no human intervention… thereby reducing costs & maximizing network uptime Today The amount of time…

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Yes! One vulnerable smart camera can wreck havoc across the entire smart home

The topic of securing consumer IoT devices has been on the wider industry’s mind for a while but has recently gained mainstream attention; in part due to the recent spate of high profile & publicized attacks 1. Threats to Consumer IoT are real… and rising Once thought to have been confined within industrial / enterprise…

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Revenue Potentials from Connected Vehicles (Part 1)

So you’ve been reading… … that Connected Vehicles are no longer bound to Hollywood movies… but in fact have moved beyond the imaginative rides of Herbie the Love Bug, Knightrider’s KITT & Dark Knight’s Tumbler into the realms of reality The newswires are abuzz with – – Gartner predicting that by 2020 there would be around 250 Million…

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How smart bulbs help the assisted living

IoT devices & solutions that are ‘nice-to-have’ for some… could actually be ‘need-to-have’ for others! Consumer IoT – A tale of ‘nice-to-have’ vs. ‘need-to-have’ Consumer IoT products are akin to most other cyclic / discretionary product sets where the user’s purchase intent often has to pass the infamous ‘nice-to-have’ vs. ‘need-to-have’ test Where Smart Bulbs are…

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5 Emerging Trends – Smart Home Security

For the purposes of this post, Smart Home Security is a part of the broader Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) solutions; as opposed to Industrial IoT solutions 5 Emerging Trends 1. Smartphones & Apps are enabling adoption of simplified Home Security solutions Pop quiz: What does it take to build a basic home self-monitoring system? Answer:…

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Benefits of upgrading your smartphone frequently

Another year… Another Smartphone Like clockwork latest iterations of flagship smartphones are being launched by Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Moto and many more vendors on an annual basis In a never-ending race to differentiate their products & maintain consumer momentum in saturated markets; vendors are constantly ‘tweaking’ their smartphones Sure enough; these latest smartphone iterations…

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Commercial Drones – Role of 5G and Wireless Carriers (Part 2)

Continuing from Part 1, the following post aims to explore key connectivity protocols required for a successful commercial Drone paradigm and peek into the potential role of Wireless Carriers Connectivity Initially; Commercial Drones are expected to operate within visual range (by a manned pilot); ultimately though; greater cost & process efficiencies could only be realized through the deployment of a fleet of BVR/BLoS (Beyond Visual Range/Line of Sight)…

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Commercial Drones – Key Deployment Scenarios & Challenges (Part 1)

Drones; akin to almost every other emerging Industrial IoT solution (different from it’s Consumer IoT brethren); present virtually endless commercial applications due to their relatively small size and ability to be piloted remotely (autonomously or with the aid of a pilot) Part 1 focuses on 5 commercial drone deployment scenarios and related challenges Aside from it’s traditional use within the Military segment, Drones have also proved quite popular with…

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Partnerships key to viable Connected Health solutions

So you’ve been hearing lately Analysts are predicting healthcare to be one of the largest vertical markets in the IoT/Connected space with CAGR of ~38% between 2015-2020; mobile health would become the fastest growing segment Usage Based Insurance (UBI) providers have said that an effective UBI solution has the potential to reduce claims cost by 40% …and many more M&A, Innovation and Optimization initiatives across the healthcare sector are…

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Emerging Trends in Consumer IoT Solutions

For the purposes of this post, the conversation refers to Consumer connected Internet of Things (IoT) solutions; as opposed to Industrial IoT solutions Challenges to Consumer IoT adoption  1. Connected Fragmentation & Isolated Ecosystem A plethora of entities have been investing in consumer connected IoT solutions; in some cases with their own ‘isolated ecosystem’ as a differentiator The very fact…

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5 ways to repurpose an old iPhone (or any other smartphone)

If you are like me; you probably fell in love with your iPhone from the moment you unwrapped it; enjoying it’s premium glass and metal feel as well as everyday experience…up until the very moment Cupertino unveiled it’s next best thing… …A New iPhone!! After a few weeks (or even months) of waiting; it was love all overagain with the larger space grey metal unibody and ‘new…

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