Caroline Gabriel

Caroline Gabriel

Caroline Gabriel is Research Director & Co-Founder at Rethink Technology Research. She has been analyzing and reporting in the hi-tech industries since 1986 and has a huge wealth of experience of technology trends and how they impact on business models.

With Softbank, ARM can go on a buying spree in the IoT

With Softbank, ARM can go on a buying spree in the IoT

Written by on February 27, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

ARM acquires two NB-IoT specialists to aid its push into fully integrated radio-to-software solutions. With Softbank’s resources behind it, ARM can accelerate its recent acquisitions spree to bolster its position in the Internet of Things. The UK-based processor IP company aims to establish the kind of dominance it enjoys in smartphones, in the far more […]

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The Apple Qualcomm lawsuit and the road map for 5G licensing

The Apple Qualcomm lawsuit and the road map for 5G licensing

Written by on January 27, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

In most ways, the patent lawsuits are continuations of old arguments about handset royalties, but they will spark a wider debate about 5G licensing. Will the Apple lawsuit against Qualcomm really signal the end of the intellectual property norms which have, by and large, governed the cellular industry since the dawn of GSM? Qualcomm epitomizes […]

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In China, they are working on 5G VR from drones – seriously!

In China, they are working on 5G VR from drones – seriously!

Written by on December 2, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The first use cases for commercial 5G look to be  very conventional – fixed wireless in the US and stadium showcases in Asia. But in the operators’ labs, far more dramatic applications are envisaged. China Unicom’s Network Technology Research Institute  (NTRI) is being particularly fantastical, working on a use case it describes as “panoramic virtual […]

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Nokia has been leading the charge towards software driven networks, for years

Nokia has been leading the charge towards software driven networks, for years

Written by on November 28, 2016 in Guest Blog with 1 Comment

The Finnish company sets up standalone software business to target enterprise and IoT, and offset five-year decline in core networking sales. Nokia has been the most advanced of the major OEMs in embracing software-driven networks – even before ‘software-defined networking’ (SDN) entered carriers’ daily conversations, it had Liquid Net and Liquid Apps, and back in […]

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Rumours of the death of RCS may have been exaggerated (for now)

Rumours of the death of RCS may have been exaggerated (for now)

Written by on November 11, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The GSMA’s Rich Communications Services (RCS) platform was meant to be the de facto standard which made MNO-provided voice and messaging relevant in the age of Skype. However, years of trials resulted in only a few countries having more than one RCS operator (interoperability being essential to the case), and limited consumer uptake. Then at […]

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Ericsson needs visionary leadership not just accountants cutting costs

Ericsson needs visionary leadership not just accountants cutting costs

Written by on November 1, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Ericsson’s new CEO does not look like the rainmaker it needs. The beleaguered company appoints long-time board member Börje Ekholm, whose abilities appear to lie in finance, not in bold business decisions Ericsson has played it dangerously safe in its choice of its new CEO, Börje Ekholm, a long-standing investor and board member. Many of […]

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Is the hardware business dead? The future of mobile services

Is the hardware business dead? The future of mobile services

Written by on October 20, 2016 in Guest Blog with 5 Comments

Exploding handsets aside, Ericsson’s crisis shows the need for all players to accelerate their shift towards software and services. Last week was another week of exploding smartphones, and the growing fall-out from the problems with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7. Once a flagship product and a genuinely innovative design, the latest Note has turned into a nightmare. […]

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Is it bye-bye for Samsung and olé for Foxconn after Sharp OLED investment?

Is it bye-bye for Samsung and olé for Foxconn after Sharp OLED investment?

Written by on October 5, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Long-time partner Apple said to be in talks about screens for future iPhones, as Sharp’s new owner, Foxconn, spends heavily on OLED. After clinging stubbornly to LCD displays for its iPhones and iPads – albeit increasingly advanced ones – Apple looks set to convert to OLED for the next generation of its handsets. The problem […]

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How disruptive will 5G be in Latin America?

How disruptive will 5G be in Latin America?

Written by on September 23, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Google’s plans for RCS hint at how a deconstructed 5G network could shake up the incumbents which dominate Latin America. The GSMA has been holding the Latin America leg of its Mobile 360 series of conferences this week in Mexico City. The focus was, predictably, on 5G, with the large vendors reiterating their usual messages […]

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Juvo claims to make invisible prepaid customers visible and ‘monetizable’

Juvo claims to make invisible prepaid customers visible and ‘monetizable’

Written by on September 19, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

San Francisco-based Juvo came out of stealth mode last week, with a bold claim that it can make “invisible” prepaid customers visible to mobile operators, increasing their ability to monetize pay-as-you-go subscribers. Juvo’s iOS or Android app enables prepaid users to build up what is effectively a credit score, by analysing their behavior and generating […]

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