John Strand

John is CEO of Strand Consult. In 1994 John founded Strand Consult. In the early days of Strand Consult the primary focus was on CRM - analyzing and evaluating sales processes and performance for the IT, Telco, Media and Finance sector and helping customers optimize these, enabling them to move more merchandise at reduced cost. He is one of the best-known and most respected consultants in the business.

Ad blocking is simply a form of digital self-defence

Ad blocking is simply a form of digital self-defence

Written by on April 4, 2016 in Features with 1 Comment

Now a $100 billion business globally, mobile ads account for about 20 percent of the data traffic consumed on a typical mobile subscription. This is frequently traffic that subscribers don’t want and haven’t asked for. Video ads, in particular, slow the Internet experience and can render in such a way to obstruct the actual content the […]

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Google’s top net neutrality lobbyist to write EU telecom rules?

Google’s top net neutrality lobbyist to write EU telecom rules?

Written by on March 9, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

The process to write the implementation guidelines of EU’s Open Internet rules is led by a self-proclaimed net neutrality activist from a non-EU telecom regulator with the help of Google’s top de facto lobbyist from Silicon Valley. The EU Director General for Competition or DG Comp has floundered for years to bring antitrust action against […]

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Is the time right for consolidation and the carrier’s carrier model?

Is the time right for consolidation and the carrier’s carrier model?

Written by on January 15, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

Consolidation of the mobile industry is a reality. The question is not whether the mobile market will experience consolidation but how and in which countries. The French telecom regulator ARCEP has just launched a public consultation which contemplates limiting network sharing. But network sharing has been vital to the French telecom industry, consider the cooperation […]

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Net neutrality on trial in USA and what it means for the rest of us

Net neutrality on trial in USA and what it means for the rest of us

Written by on December 8, 2015 in Features with 1 Comment

On Wednesday 9 December 2015 the European Commission is scheduled to present legislative proposals for the Digital Single Market which include rules for net neutrality. To many it may seem yet another boring piece of paper from the European Union, but not for mobile, cable and telecom operators. Regulation can have a major impact on […]

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EU regulators can’t resist the temptation to trample on telecom

EU regulators can’t resist the temptation to trample on telecom

Written by on October 23, 2015 in Features with 0 Comments

On October 13 in Brussels was one of the most important conferences in the telecommunications world in 2015. It may become more important for the international telecommunications industry than the Mobile World Congress or CTIA shows in 2015 and 2016. The FT-ETNO Summit was where telecom operators and investors got answers to the most important question today: Who […]

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Telenor/Telia failed merger signals big issues for EU – who’s to blame?

Telenor/Telia failed merger signals big issues for EU – who’s to blame?

Written by on September 15, 2015 in Features with 0 Comments

Last Friday morning Telia and Telenor announced that they had withdrawn their application to merge their remaining Danish activities into one company. They already share the same network under TT Network P/S, a company which supplies traffic to both firms. Leading up to Friday’s announcement, an approval process was running by the EU competition authorities […]

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Europe – the disconnected continent

Europe – the disconnected continent

Written by on September 7, 2015 in Features with 0 Comments

There is much discussion about the EU telecoms package “Connected Continent: a single telecom market for growth and jobs”, and EU leaders are proud to have introduced rules on roaming and net neutrality. These so-called consumerist policies have largely been the focus of the media while the proposal’s 7 pillars and over 100 sub-items have […]

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EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is a gifted woman, but…

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is a gifted woman, but…

Written by on June 26, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is a gifted woman who should spend some time to get acquainted with how the telecommunications market works. The consolidation in the EU telecommunications industry has the attention of EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and her team.  They play a major role when it comes to the telecom market and […]

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EU roaming regulation probably violates net neutrality

EU roaming regulation probably violates net neutrality

Written by on May 28, 2015 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

One of the European Commission’s regulatory campaigns is to end mobile roaming charges. Every year just before Europe’s summer vacation, the Commission reminds people that they should be able to enjoy voice, SMS or data on their phones when they travel at little to no additional charge. Already the EU’s mobile roaming regulation caps the […]

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‘Carrier’s carrier’ business model makes sense

‘Carrier’s carrier’ business model makes sense

Written by on May 12, 2015 in Features with 0 Comments

There is talk about consolidation in the mobile industry around the world, and an increasing number of operators will share network. Enabling mobile broadband in rural areas is a related and important issue. LTE has changed the course of the internet’s development. Companies such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo and others now take a mobile first […]

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