Tony Poulos

Tony is a freelance writer, regular speaker, MC and chairman for the telecoms and digital services industries worldwide. He has founded and managed software and services companies, acts a market strategist and is now Editor of DisruptiveViews. In June 2011, Tony was recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in telecom software worldwide.

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Did the ITU do good with AI for Good?

Did the ITU do good with AI for Good?

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

The ITU”s AI for Good Global Summit was something altogether different. It’s as if the ITU had had a heart (and brain) transplant. I was invited to Geneva last week to attend an unusual ITU event. You remember the ITU – it was the center of the telecoms universe before GSM and mobiles took over […]

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Interview with Cisco’s Dirk Wolter: why 5G is not just another G

Interview with Cisco’s Dirk Wolter: why 5G is not just another G

Written by on June 7, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It’s almost a cliché to look at the hype around 5G these days and think, “not another G!” But look closely and you’ll see that 5G is more than “just another G” – it’s an altogether different story. In this candid interview from CommunicAsia 2017 in Singapore, Dirk Wolter, MD for Mobile Service Provider Solutions […]

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Rohit Talwar and why telcos should stick to connectivity

Rohit Talwar and why telcos should stick to connectivity

Written by on June 1, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Futurist, CommunicAsia keynote speaker and Fast Future CEO Rohit Talwar joins Tony Poulos to freely dispense advice to telcos on why they should stick to their knitting. In this candid, and sometimes irreverent discussion, Talwar and Poulos openly discuss what has and hasn’t worked for communications service providers in the past and how they should learn from […]

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It is worrying how many hours a day kids spend on devices

It is worrying how many hours a day kids spend on devices

Written by on April 13, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

If your 12-year-old was watching six hours of TV per day you would probably be concerned? What effect would that would have on their ability to concentrate on schoolwork, homework, sporting activities, hobbies, etc. – one can only hazard a guess. Not exactly. A recent study of 12-year-olds in Singapore discovered that they were spending […]

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Democratizing entrepreneurship: success in the digital age

Democratizing entrepreneurship: success in the digital age

Written by on April 5, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The dawn of the internet age has helped big-name companies emerge to become behemoths of industry, worth billions of dollars and employing thousands of people. Amazon is one example from the early 1990s that has grown beyond all recognition compared to its early days, but other smaller outfits such as Grubhub have also used the […]

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Check in my notebook, iPad or laptop? Not bloody likely!

Check in my notebook, iPad or laptop? Not bloody likely!

Written by on March 23, 2017 in Opinion with 1 Comment

Is this a genuine security scare, just another way to collect money from us or the end of air travel as we know it? I am referring to the latest ‘security measure’ being initiated by the USA and UK forcing passengers emanating from a number of Middle East and North African airports to check in […]

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I am ‘virtually’ bewildered – is telecoms heading the same way?

I am ‘virtually’ bewildered – is telecoms heading the same way?

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Opinion with 1 Comment

I came away from Barcelona this year ‘virtually’ bewildered. It’s the first time that I have honestly wondered where the telecoms industry is heading. The theme of this year’s event was ‘The Next Element’. I’m not sure we’ve even mastered ‘the last element’, whatever that was. Are we just making stuff up as an excuse […]

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BT and PwC set new standard for international accounting incompetence

BT and PwC set new standard for international accounting incompetence

Written by on January 31, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You would be forgiven for missing one of the biggest and most disturbing industry headlines in years because it came and went last week, completely over-shadowed by Mr Trump’s goings-on. I refer to the monumental goings-on at BT Italia that was found to have been overstating profits for several years. BT first became aware of […]

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Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

Written by on December 20, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Satoshi Nakamoto is a person known more from the rumor and myths surrounding his life than any actual facts. His story is compelling simply because he’s an anonymous individual in a world where anonymity is a rare thing. After all, the development of the internet and social media ensures that everybody has a record somewhere. So, […]

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Is it time for the second coming of systems integrators?

Is it time for the second coming of systems integrators?

Written by on December 16, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

I recently sat through seven hours of discussion on the state of play with SDN and NFV and I came away with a dramatically different attitude. Software defined and managed networks are actually being rolled out and networks are actually being virtualized. Honest. That was the good news from the industry experts present – the […]

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