Opinion

Policy control and the long road towards 5G

Policy control and the long road towards 5G

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

With just weeks before Informa’s annual Policy Control conference, it seemed like a good idea to catch up with some of the speakers to see what they want to discuss at the event. Policy is, of course, at the heart of the digital discussion for the next few years, and one speaker, Shira Levine, believes […]

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MWC is a great opportunity to consider the real agenda

MWC is a great opportunity to consider the real agenda

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The Great Telco Debate may not be on the scale of MWC, but it is a year long process of analysing the telecoms industry from every possible angle to shape the programme for the event. MWC was a great opportunity to reconsider the topics from 2016 and draw from market developments. Using last year’s debate […]

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What happens if Google and Facebook cannot control content?

What happens if Google and Facebook cannot control content?

Written by on March 21, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It is becoming increasingly apparent that digital giants such as Google and Facebook do not have the expertise to filter content on their sites. On Friday the UK Government took adverts for public services off YouTube and summoned Google to an ‘interview without coffee’. As we have said before, it is basically not possible to […]

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Google targets growing P2P mobile money transfer market

Google targets growing P2P mobile money transfer market

Written by on March 21, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Google adds P2P payments option to Gmail Android app as it targets the growing mobile P2P money transfer market. Google adds P2P payments announcing that Gmail users in the US can now send and receive money via the Gmail app on their Android devices. The ability to send money via Gmail has been available since […]

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State sponsored hacking is now business as usual

State sponsored hacking is now business as usual

Written by on March 20, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Between the CIA’s cyberespionage arsenal, and the Kremlin-backed state sponsored hacking, do we need a new rulebook? GCHQ spies have called an emergency summit with British politicians following warnings that Russia state sponsored hacking groups have the capabilities to use cyberattackers to disrupt the next General Election. According to The Sunday Times, unnamed sources say […]

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Unlimited data plans, propaganda and the art of brinkmanship

Unlimited data plans, propaganda and the art of brinkmanship

Written by on March 17, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Sprint’s CFO says the unlimited wars on data is not sustainable. Now that all four major U.S. carriers are offering unlimited data plans, and the unlimited wars are truly underway, who will be the first to fold? According to Sprint CFO Tarek Robbiati, providing unlimited data at current prices cannot continue. Being CFO means that […]

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How much AI is real intelligence, and how much just artificial?

How much AI is real intelligence, and how much just artificial?

Written by on March 17, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The bar for what counts as Artificial Intelligence is continually rising. Technologies should lose their AI status when they become routine (optical character recognition is no longer recognised as an example of AI for this reason). However, for marketers it’s tempting to go in the opposite direction and rebrand all kinds of routine technologies as AI in […]

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Some more stories from the billing wars – status: still a mess

Some more stories from the billing wars – status: still a mess

Written by on March 16, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

There is a sentiment out there that says billing is boring. There is also a sentiment out there that says that when things go wrong, they become interesting again. So with billing. Last week we saw a frankly shocking – no, we did not say made up – report that billing is in a terrible mess, […]

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Why Marissa Mayer has earned her $23 million severance package

Why Marissa Mayer has earned her $23 million severance package

Written by on March 16, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

This time Marissa has really earned her payoff. Following the sale of the Yahoo core business to Verizon, Marissa Mayer will step down as CEO of Yahoo and will receive a severance package worth $23m. This has once again raised the issue of excessive payoffs to failed senior executives, but I think that for the first […]

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Biometric payment systems and a pint in Camden

Biometric payment systems and a pint in Camden

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

A few people forwarded a link from Time Out to me last week, calling attention to a new payment mechanism using a new biometric identification technology to effect retail payments in a new way. The latest in contactless payment – called Fingopay – uses a bartop scanner and allows customers to introduce their index finger […]

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