Dean Bubley

Dean Bubley

Dean is founder and director of Disruptive Analysis and a prominent, influential & outspoken technology industry analyst and consultant, specialising in the telecoms, mobile and wireless sector. He speaks at 30+ conferences per year and offers strategic advisory services to operators & vendors? He can be contacted at dean.bubley@disruptive-analysis.com.

Network operators will not be alone in operating networks

Network operators will not be alone in operating networks

Written by on June 20, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

We are going to see rising presence of non-traditional providers, for both access networks and communications / applications services. Telecoms is far too important to confine to a mono-culture of just traditional “operators”, fixed or mobile. Earlier this year I attended the TMForum conference & exhibition. As well as the classic OSS/BSS discussions, and more-modern focus […]

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GSMA report on future regulation is actually a good read!

GSMA report on future regulation is actually a good read!

Written by on February 24, 2016 in Guest Blog with 1 Comment

Regular readers will know that I’m not a huge fan of the GSMA. While it does some good stuff on areas like taxation, international development and energy efficiency, I think its application efforts are mostly awful (RCS….) and its public-policy work mostly Machiavellian. The annual MWC zoo encourages (forces?) the industry to waste a huge […]

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SoftBank shows how to decouple network and services businesses

SoftBank shows how to decouple network and services businesses

Written by on November 19, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

I’ve just spent two days at an event called Nexterday North, run by Finnish OSS specialist CompTel. It wasn’t the usual vendor product-based user conference, but more a quasi-TED flavoured “anti-seminar” with assorted general futurists (notably Rohit Talwar and Patrick Dixon), as well as outspoken telco-industry provocateurs like myself and Alan Quayle. It was fun […]

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VoLTE and the future of voice – innovation avoidance

VoLTE and the future of voice – innovation avoidance

Written by on September 25, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Five years ago, I started talking about the Future of Voice, and then subsequently started running workshops with Martin Geddes on the topic. At the time, I found it quite hard to find the right people at telcos/service providers to talk to. Few were aware of concepts such as embedded voice/video, new user-interaction models, developer […]

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Ad-blocking by telcos – like bringing a knife to a gunfight

Ad-blocking by telcos – like bringing a knife to a gunfight

Written by on May 27, 2015 in Features with 0 Comments

Recently we have seen a bunch of articles (see here [paid], here, here) suggesting that some mobile network operators – notably in Europe – are considering deploying ad-blocking capabilities in the network, and potentially charging companies such as Google for the right to ‘unblock’ them via some sort of revenue-share agreement. A company called Shine has […]

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The myth of “Telcos winning back revenue from OTT players”

The myth of “Telcos winning back revenue from OTT players”

Written by on February 27, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

In the run-up to MWC, I’m seeing a spate of news articles in the telco press/blogosphere, or vendor press releases, which are titled something like: “How Telcos can Win Back Revenue From OTT Providers” These are almost all uniformly wrong or at least, misleading marketing hype or clickbait. Let’s parse that sentence ‘win back revenue […]

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Google MVNO rumours – what’s likely and what’s not

Google MVNO rumours – what’s likely and what’s not

Written by on February 11, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

For the last couple of weeks, speculation has been rife that Google is working on an MVNO-type service offering, probably based on both T-Mobile US and Sprint’s networks, plus also incorporating a significant WiFi component. Apparently, it is called “Project Nova” at the moment.But beyond that, details are scarce. It’s not obvious exactly whom the […]

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Will Net Neutrality affect network investment?

Will Net Neutrality affect network investment?

Written by on December 17, 2014 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

One of the main arguments given against Net Neutrality laws is that it might lead to a reduction to investment by telcos in their networks, as ISPs will be unable to generate sufficiently profitable revenues. And indeed, as part of the recent US furore over neutrality AT&T has “paused” its investment in fibre deployment – […]

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Dumb names are divisive and disruptive

Dumb names are divisive and disruptive

Written by on November 21, 2014 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

I’ve long railed against the telecoms industry term ‘OTT,’ standing for ‘over-the-top.’ It is pointlessly divisive and arbitrary, and often said in a pejorative fashion, by people who don’t understand what it means and implies. On Twitter, I’ve often called for people using the term OTT in a serious way to be summarily fired for gross […]

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