John C. Tanner

John C. Tanner

John is editor of Disruptive.Asia and was previously managing editor at Telecom Asia. He has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. He has two degrees in telecommunications and has worked for six years in the US radio industry in various technical and advisory capacities, covering radio and satellite equipment maintenance, studio networking, news writing and production, the latter of which earned him several regional and national awards.

Trust is an asset, but with the huge rise in fraud it is depreciating fast

Trust is an asset, but with the huge rise in fraud it is depreciating fast

Written by on November 16, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: The severity of digital fraud in Asia-Pacific is not only bad, but it’s also getting worse as adoption of digital services increases. What’s worse – that’s having a negative effect on consumer trust, especially for telcos. And they may not even know it. That’s according to the ‘Digital Trust Index’, part of the Fraud […]

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NTT DoCoMo has been making a lot of noise about 5G lately

NTT DoCoMo has been making a lot of noise about 5G lately

Written by on November 6, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

ITEM: NTT DoCoMo has released a blitz of simultaneous 5G announcements, including an ultra-reliable low-latency (URLL) trial with Huawei and a mobile digital signage deal with Sony. But perhaps the more significant of the bunch is its joint trial with Mediatek that has produced a working chipset supporting non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) radio access technology. […]

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That hype around 5G timescales may not be hype after all

That hype around 5G timescales may not be hype after all

Written by on October 23, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

If it feels like 5G is coming faster than you thought it would, that’s because it is, according to Ericsson’s 5G Readiness Survey 2017 report. According to the report, 78% of operators surveyed said they are already trialing 5G technologies (vs 32% in 2016), and 28% expect to deploy 5G next year. Meanwhile, 36% say […]

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5G will drive corporate social responsibility: Cellcard CEO

5G will drive corporate social responsibility: Cellcard CEO

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Cambodia may not be the first Asia-Pacific market that springs to mind when you talk about the latest advances in mobile broadband, yet it’s hardly a laggard. Every mobile operator in the country offers 4G services – to include Cellcard, which was the last cellco to launch 4G but offers the fastest connectivity of the […]

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Telstra: why you must get an early start with 5G – video

Telstra: why you must get an early start with 5G – video

Written by on October 16, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Not long ago, it seemed that 5G was still a Future Thing and something to ponder while operators were enhancing their LTE networks. Now, in the latter half of 2017, there seems to be a mad rush to be first on the block to launch the next “G” even as the standards are still being […]

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Parts of MENA will be in the 5G vanguard by 2020: GSMA

Parts of MENA will be in the 5G vanguard by 2020: GSMA

Written by on October 12, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Never mind Asia and the US – operators in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will be a major part of the 5G vanguard in 2020, according to a new GSMA report. However, the majority of the region will remain without internet connectivity of any “G” for some time. The study – released […]

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How to make money in an increasingly tough wholesale world

How to make money in an increasingly tough wholesale world

Written by on September 29, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

The wholesale telecoms business is a tough business to be in on the best of days – competition is fierce and margins are as thin as they get. And the age of digital disruption isn’t making things easier – wholesale players are pressured to evolve with the times and the demands of their customers, but […]

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You cannot deliver great customer experience without trust

You cannot deliver great customer experience without trust

Written by on September 25, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Telecoms executives are increasingly convinced that the world is shifting from value chains to platform-based ecosystems and are keen to play a central role – but that means delivering a strong customer experience via big data analytics, and part of that experience means giving customers as much visibility and control over their data as possible […]

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Infographic: 58 things we didn’t know about Bitcoin

Infographic: 58 things we didn’t know about Bitcoin

Written by on September 19, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

Believe it or not, it has been almost ten years since the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin first came into existence. According to legend, the mysterious creator(s) of Bitcoin, “Satoshi Nakamoto”, published it to a cryptography mailing list in October 2008, and released an open-source version in early 2009. Since then, Bitcoin has mushroomed into a […]

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Guy Kawasaki has some lessons on real digital transformation

Guy Kawasaki has some lessons on real digital transformation

Written by on September 15, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The ACC2017 conference kicked off in Cebu on Tuesday with a pep talk from Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley guru and chief evangelist for online graphic design platform Canva, who outlined key points that telcos should keep in mind as they plot their path to digital transformation. Drawing from his own experience working for Apple  – […]

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