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Media: what to do when TV viewing drops 55% in one year

Media: what to do when TV viewing drops 55% in one year

Written by on April 25, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The percentage of consumers who prefer watching TV shows on television sets plummeted by 55% over the past year, from 52% to 23%, according to findings from Accenture’s 2017 Digital Consumer Survey, signalling an accelerating shift in digital video market consumer behavior. The global online survey of 26,000 consumers in 26 countries reports that consumers […]

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Roaming, Smart Charging, Payments and a meeting in Reading

Roaming, Smart Charging, Payments and a meeting in Reading

Written by on April 25, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

Someone once said that ‘it all comes back to billing’. That someone was the CEO of a new entrant into the North American wireless market. While billing has now broadened in scope, it still holds true. Now you might say ‘it all comes back to Smart Charging and Payments’. The ETIS Smart Charging and Payments […]

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Behind the scenes, FinTech is transforming investments

Behind the scenes, FinTech is transforming investments

Written by on April 24, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Crowdfunding emerged a few years ago with many promises  to help to raise capital for startups, make the investment market more democratic, and make the whole market more effective. It has created a new market, not only for startup funding, but for real estate and later-phase private companies. At the same time, FinTech might have […]

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Facebook launches group payments via Messenger

Facebook launches group payments via Messenger

Written by on April 24, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Facebook group payments are now available through the company’s flagship Messenger application for users in the US. Last week, Facebook group payments in Messenger launched as the company continues its quest to offer its users comprehensive payment options. Partha Sundaram, Product Manager for Consumer Payments at Facebook, stated that “starting today for Android and desktop, you […]

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Only imagination constrains the opportunities for tomorrow’s MVNO

Only imagination constrains the opportunities for tomorrow’s MVNO

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

Now that MVNO has to mean more than being a simple reseller, differentiation is critical. Price itself is a commodity and no way of differentiating your services – you have to provide innovative and compelling reasons why customers would want to sign up, and stay with you. As Robert Machin, Market Analyst with Openet says, […]

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Someone just popped the mobile payments bubble

Someone just popped the mobile payments bubble

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

Mobile Payments are going the wrong way. It appears that the usage of Apple Pay on the iPhone is now declining compared to where it was in June 2016, sending a worrying signal for the outlook for mobile payments in general. The most recent data from PYMNTS.com (see here) shows that both adoption of Apple Pay […]

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As the focus changes to media, Verizon looks for a mega deal

As the focus changes to media, Verizon looks for a mega deal

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

Verizon eyes Comcast, Walt Disney or CBS for growth. If anyone needed any more evidence that the traditional telecoms model is breaking down, then look no further. Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, is seeking new sources of growth as the mobile-phone business matures and its new media ventures take time to gain traction. Verizon Communications […]

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AI progress seems to stretch from here to eternity (augmented, of course)

AI progress seems to stretch from here to eternity (augmented, of course)

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It is becoming harder to figure out where we are with AI. At one end of the scale, AI seems to be the answer to, well everything. Demis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind – now owned by Google – said that ‘step one is to use it to figure out natural intelligence. Step two is to […]

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The impact of EU roaming rules on the industry will be disastrous

The impact of EU roaming rules on the industry will be disastrous

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Guest Blog with 2 Comments

Europeans have been dissatisfied with the EU government for years. Political parties skeptical of Brussels have had a resurgence. To combat its image problem with the voters, pro-European politicians have pursued the policy of free mobile roaming as a means to make the EU popular again. While the impact to consumer prices in the short run […]

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Bixby delay shows Samsung is far behind when it comes to AI

Bixby delay shows Samsung is far behind when it comes to AI

Written by on April 18, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Bixby falls even before its first hurdle. Samsung’s delay in the roll-out of Bixby is a strong indication of just how far behind Samsung is when it comes to artificial intelligence reinforcing my view that the investment case still lives and dies with hardware. Despite much fanfare at the launch of the Galaxy s8 just a […]

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