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The cost of unlimited data is having a bad effect on the bottom line

The cost of unlimited data is having a bad effect on the bottom line

Written by on June 12, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The sharp U-turn by US operators is having a serious impact as unlimited data costs effect the bottom line. All the major US wireless carriers have recently rolled out unlimited plans (here) and the sudden about face is taking a toll according to Cowen and Company Equity Research. The unlimited data costs are being felt. […]

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Apple reveals some real gems at recent WWDC event

Apple reveals some real gems at recent WWDC event

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

Mostly catch up but studded with a few gems. While Apple spent most its time catching up with innovations made by other ecosystems, there were a few areas where its announcements put it ahead of the pack. Machine Learning Apple is weaving machine learning into all of its services. This combined with increasing integration of Apple’s […]

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With the advent of PSD2 will tech companies go direct to consumer?

With the advent of PSD2 will tech companies go direct to consumer?

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

A payment scheme isn’t just a data switch that connects consumers, banks, merchants and retailers. If it was, there wouldn’t be any, because we’d all just use the internet instead. There are rules that need to be in place to make a scheme work in the mass market, to protect the participants and to fairly […]

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Do we still need billing? The BSS debate that keeps on giving

Do we still need billing? The BSS debate that keeps on giving

Written by on June 8, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

“We’ve spent zillions of dollars on BSS but who is in need of a bill?” This was the question asked by KPN CTO Eric Hoving during a panel discussion at the recent TMF Live event in Nice. This is not a new question. There’s been a lot of debate going on for the last 5 years […]

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Financial crime fighters say legacy technology makes it tough

Financial crime fighters say legacy technology makes it tough

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

A newly released LexisNexis financial crime survey reveals 92% of senior financial crime professionals are concerned that legacy technology could become a barrier to fighting financial crime in the next one to two years. The survey of 168 financial crime professionals working in the UK banking industry has revealed mixed sentiments about the current state […]

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From pipes to platforms and whether we are ready #TMFLive

From pipes to platforms and whether we are ready #TMFLive

Written by on June 6, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The telecoms industry and its entourage descended on Nice for its annual brushing shoulders with the Cannes film festival in May. Apart from meeting with many senior telecoms and supplier contacts, it is a good barometer for what is happening in the industry. I chaired the Digital Platform Economy & API track on the opening […]

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Essential Products are useful, certainly, but mainly for Google

Essential Products are useful, certainly, but mainly for Google

Written by on June 5, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Andy Rubin still works for Google. Essential Products Inc has launched a series of products aimed at creating an ecosystem but none of them do anything or enable anything that is desperately new. Consequently, the real beneficiary from another nice looking, easy to use phone will be Google whose ecosystem will be front and centre. Essential […]

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What the new EU roaming rules actually mean for customers

What the new EU roaming rules actually mean for customers

Written by on June 5, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

From 15th June 2017 hikes in call and data charges are being controlled whilst customers are roaming in any of the 28 EU member states. For most who travel periodically, returning frequently to their home country, making calls, texts and using data, they should not see a difference in charges on their bill. However, as […]

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Hackers are just patriotic Russian artists says Putin

Hackers are just patriotic Russian artists says Putin

Written by on June 2, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that patriotic Russian cyber hackers may have attacked countries their own initiative. Putin, speaking to international media at an economic forum in St Petersburg, was answering a question about allegations Moscow might try to interfere in this year’s German elections. He claims these patriotic Russian cyber hackers were in […]

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MVNO World Congress report: why MVNOs are like fruit flies

MVNO World Congress report: why MVNOs are like fruit flies

Written by on May 31, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The MVNO World Congress is something of a MWC for the virtual operator business, a place for MVNOs to meet, greet and pick up on new trends. Held in April, in Nice’s gloomy Acropolis two weeks before the arrival of the TM Forum battalions, it’s small and, if not quite perfectly formed, certainly vibrant and […]

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