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The 2017 Magic Quadrant: has Gartner gone completely sane?

The 2017 Magic Quadrant: has Gartner gone completely sane?

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You will probably be aware of our views on Gartner’s yearly Integrated Revenue and Customer Management (IRCM) Magic Quadrant and one of our theses about how much actual influence it has on purchasing decisions (and therefore how badly you need to be in it – not that much, it turns out). So, imagine our surprise […]

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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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The hacking of Face ID might just prove its security

The hacking of Face ID might just prove its security

Written by on November 15, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Hacking of Face ID proves its security. The inevitable hacking of Face ID has been achieved but I think that the lengths that the hackers had to go to crack the system proves that, for all practical purposes, it is a worthy upgrade from fingerprint recognition. Vietnamese cyber security firm and Android phone maker, Bkav Corp, […]

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Which is the most overhyped technology of 2017? Hint: not 5G

Which is the most overhyped technology of 2017? Hint: not 5G

Written by on November 14, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

As we approach the end of the year, and analysts and journalists sharpen their pens and gaze with steely concentration into the mists of 2018, we thought we would take a moment to reflect on the year and – for the moment – simply sift through the hype. When you ask most senior executives what […]

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Legacy banks meet fintech innovation: result – M&A frenzy?

Legacy banks meet fintech innovation: result – M&A frenzy?

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

FinTech is disrupting the finance industry to the point where we’re likely to see quite a bit of M&A activity as a result. That activity could take several different forms, but one likely possibility is that FinTech or tech companies could acquire traditional finance names. It appears the transition for banks to really utilize FinTech […]

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WebSummit reaches new heights but where to from here?

WebSummit reaches new heights but where to from here?

Written by on November 10, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

This week’s WebSummit held in Lisbon has been an eye-opener in many respects. It not only provided an avenue for technology startups to show off their wares and for potential investors to check them over, but it also fostered open discussion on almost all sectors of the digital world – with the striking exception and […]

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Time is running out for GDPR compliance, wherever you are

Time is running out for GDPR compliance, wherever you are

Written by on November 9, 2017 in Features, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The European Union, via the EU Commission, has enacted two key regulations relating to data processing; the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Network and Information Security Directive (NISD). While both came into force in April 2016, they will replace the Data Protection Directive on May 25, 2018. Here I will briefly summarize a few […]

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Fake news: a problem that neither humans nor Facebook can solve?

Fake news: a problem that neither humans nor Facebook can solve?

Written by on November 8, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

A problem that humans can’t solve. There is a silver bullet to deal with the fake news issue, but the problem is that Facebook is not even close to being able to produce one and is having to rely on old, ineffective bullets instead. This problem has been around for a while but really came to […]

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Here are 101 ways to boost your (telco) business: #innovation

Here are 101 ways to boost your (telco) business: #innovation

Written by on November 7, 2017 in Opinion with 1 Comment

It is safe to say that policy control has grown up. In its early iterations, it was used to control customers. Customers would reach their data limit, and find that their speed had been reduced or they had been blocked, or they were suddenly liable to overage charges. Then telcos realised that they could reverse […]

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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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