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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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Google and the new Spanish Inquisition

Google and the new Spanish Inquisition

Written by on December 12, 2014 in News with 1 Comment

One of the big issues with anything disruptive is that if and when it becomes mainstream it’s often too late for regulators to apply controls, and when they try to all hell breaks loose. Google, the search engine specialist, and perennial disruptor of anything it takes its mind to, is finding that years after it […]

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Don’t sprint to this deal

Don’t sprint to this deal

Written by on December 5, 2014 in Opinion with 0 Comments

If you are big mobile operator continuously losing customers to your major competitors for seven years, what do you do? Do you come up with some creative offers, new products, offer better service or desperately drop prices to grab back market share, at whatever cost? If you are US operator Sprint you take the easiest […]

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Smartphones are a pain the neck

Smartphones are a pain the neck

Written by on December 4, 2014 in News with 0 Comments

If you thought smartphones were bad for your health you’d be right according to a study in Surgical Technology International. But not because they strain your eyes or cause you to walk off footpaths into oncoming traffic blindly answering Twitter and text messages or playing games. The real danger comes from tilting your head towards […]

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The Internet of Silly Things shows no bounds

The Internet of Silly Things shows no bounds

Written by on December 3, 2014 in Opinion with 6 Comments

Since writing about the Internet of Silly Things I have been inundated with apps and devices that have me wondering where it will all end. It also makes me wonder how I have survived so long without the help of these incredibly brilliant and equally useless tools that are supposed to make my life better […]

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What is Ericsson really up to?

What is Ericsson really up to?

Written by on December 2, 2014 in Opinion with 4 Comments

Digital service providers (DSPs), aka OTT players, have known for some time that in order to keep their customers happy what they are selling needs to be delivered in the best possible condition and working optimally, especially video content. They also know that although they can ‘rent’, build, or operate high-capacity fiber links between their […]

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Shifting targets for cyber threats

Shifting targets for cyber threats

Written by on November 27, 2014 in News with 0 Comments

It would be fair to say that when we hear about cyber-security threats we automatically think Internet, cloud, government and corporate computer systems. When it comes to levels of national security we think of potential disruption to our military defence systems. It would also be fair to say that most efforts at containing any cyber-security […]

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The naked truth about net neutrality

The naked truth about net neutrality

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Features with 2 Comments

It seems everybody is jumping into the net neutrality argument of late. It can all be a little confusing trying to understand the pros and cons of each side. Luckily, a group of adult entertainment stars have produced a video laying bare, so to speak, their own unique and rather novel explanation and views on […]

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What they really, really want!

What they really, really want!

Written by on November 24, 2014 in Opinion with 1 Comment

I finally worked it out! It’s taken me many years to understand why the digital service providers like Facebook, Google, Spotify, et al have all grown at stellar rates while other more stable, conservative industry sectors like retail stores and telcos are wallowing in the realms of self-flagellation. Of course, the old DNA argument holds […]

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It’s official – the Internet is a utility

It’s official – the Internet is a utility

Written by on November 21, 2014 in News with 0 Comments

Just in case you had any doubts, the most powerful man in the free world has declared that the Internet is a public utility. That was how he justified his grand new plan for ‘net neutrality.’ In a letter and a video posted on the White House website, President Obama said he believes “the FCC […]

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Bill shock at 30,000 feet

Bill shock at 30,000 feet

Written by on November 20, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Just when we you thought we had been saved from the scourge of bill shock stories in the press comes news that an airline passenger was stung $1711.64 for using the Wi-Fi service on a Singapore Airlines flight. The passenger, Jeremy Gutsche, signed up for a 30MB package costing $28.99 but earned himself the massive […]

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