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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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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Why would you expose yourself on social media or buy an Amazon Echo?

Why would you expose yourself on social media or buy an Amazon Echo?

Written by on November 28, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Okay, I’ll admit it, social media has me baffled.  Try as I might to understand its incredible popularity and all the benefits it supposedly brings, I still don’t quite get why it’s so popular.  Please don’t tell me it’s an age thing because my kids have trouble explaining it to me as well. All I […]

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Is there any way to win the fraud wars? Hint: yes

Is there any way to win the fraud wars? Hint: yes

Written by on November 21, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

When it comes to fraud, three things are undeniable. First, fraud is now more sophisticated than ever before. Fraudsters provide 24/7 customer service support to stay competitive and to differentiate themselves. The value of a stolen credit card is less than a pound/dollar/euro. Yet 20 years ago, it was worth flying boxes of them out […]

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To 5G or not to 5G – that is the question.

To 5G or not to 5G – that is the question.

Written by on November 17, 2016 in Opinion with 3 Comments

Amongst the many interesting and informative discussions at the Great Telco Debate in London this week was one about 5G. It touched not only on the benefits it would bring but also questioned if it was even needed at all. Rahim Tafazolli, founder and director of the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey […]

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Web Summit reaches the peak of event effectiveness – others take note!

Web Summit reaches the peak of event effectiveness – others take note!

Written by on November 11, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

I’ve just been to the first event, in probably 20 years, where nobody droned on about network speeds, processes, regulators, 5G, and most tiresome and boring of all – mobile devices. It was simply called the Web Summit, a name that leaves the door wide open to anything and anyone internet or digitally related. It moved […]

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Are we creating a generation of technological zombies?

Are we creating a generation of technological zombies?

Written by on October 28, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It must be getting close to the holiday season. I don’t say this because I’ve noticed decorations popping up in stores, I hardly get out these days, but because of the increased activity on professional social sites like LinkedIn. It’s the sort of activity that has an ‘ulterior’ motive, for want of a better word. […]

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Big data, big hype, getting bigger but not grown up quite yet

Big data, big hype, getting bigger but not grown up quite yet

Written by on October 25, 2016 in Opinion with 3 Comments

As an industry observer, I’m never quite sure how much hype to believe. When it comes to big data there has certainly been plenty of hype, but not a lot of facts from independent sources to vouch for the hype. I recently wrote that the telecoms industry was lagging behind in the rush to implement effective big […]

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