Opinion

Is new 5G spectrum the way to 5G success, or an excuse to trail?

Is new 5G spectrum the way to 5G success, or an excuse to trail?

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

ITEM: Hong Kong incumbent telco HKT is very angry with the Hong Kong government because it is desperately worried that Hong Kong is going to be left behind in the global 5G race unless it gets new 5G spectrum ASAP. HKT’s angst is understandable – especially here in the early months of 2017, with Mobile […]

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Australia is the current battleground between Apple Pay and the banks

Australia is the current battleground between Apple Pay and the banks

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

The Australian banking industry is in an increasingly bitter dispute. Things are starting to heat up down under in a fight over access to the iPhones NFC chip. This week Apple accused an Australian banking consortium of attempting to delay & block the expansion of Apple Pay into the country. In a statement received by […]

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Facebook failure to control hate speech highlights flaw in AI expertise

Facebook failure to control hate speech highlights flaw in AI expertise

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

Facebook and Alphabet are worlds apart when it comes to AI. While Google is pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence forward, Facebook is making excuses for its inability to control hate speech highlighting once again who is the leader and who the laggard in the field of AI. Google has demonstrated a system that it has […]

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Cyber security compliance in the age of constant cyber threat

Cyber security compliance in the age of constant cyber threat

Written by on February 10, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Cyber security compliance and survival in 2017 While cyber security compliance does not translate to a risk free, air tight, ultra-secure environment, it is a starting point. In a CIO poll, conducted last year, of more than 1,100 security executives around the world, 91 percent of respondents consider their organization to be vulnerable to internal […]

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Why social media companies should stop being ‘all things to all men’

Why social media companies should stop being ‘all things to all men’

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

With the bizarre terms surrounding the Snap IPO, the focus this week seems to be firmly back on social media. To be frank, you have to wonder whether there is a grand plan behind some of the trends, directions and announcements coming out of social media companies or whether they are beginning to flail around for […]

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US considering new passporting system with UK banks – whatever that is

US considering new passporting system with UK banks – whatever that is

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

The new administrations in the UK and USA are apparently planning to work together to create a new transatlantic America First / Buy British trade alliance. This will, it seems, include financial services. A deal to reduce barriers between American and British banks through a new “passporting” system was being considered by Mr Trump’s team […]

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10 ways to use zero rating to revolutionise your business model

10 ways to use zero rating to revolutionise your business model

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

It’s fair to say that net neutrality in the US looks like it’s on the way out. Now the previously grey area of zero rating can take centre stage and service providers can use it in many ways to grow their businesses. The traditional telco service provider model of ‘here’s a bundle of here’s 10 GB […]

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When companies have to reveal security breaches, will it be carnage out there?

When companies have to reveal security breaches, will it be carnage out there?

Written by on February 8, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

According to John Chambers, now Executive Chairman of Cisco, there are two types of companies: ‘those that have been hacked, and those who don’t know they have been hacked’. He actually said this some time ago, and it is becoming more and more relevant. With impending regulation that will force companies to reveal security breaches – at […]

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Analysis: is there value in Snap at these valuations? Or just pain?

Analysis: is there value in Snap at these valuations? Or just pain?

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

I see only pain for investors paying $22.5 at the IPO. $20bn – $25bn is at least 32% too much to pay for investors who will also have no say whatsoever in how the company is run despite having significant skin in the game. Snap Inc. has published its S-1 document allowing for a fundamental-(ish) based […]

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The end of data roaming charges – what was the fuss about?

The end of data roaming charges – what was the fuss about?

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The long, rocky and sometimes amusing road towards the abolition of roaming charges across Europe is nearing its end. Or so it seems. It has been nearing its end for some time. We reported, back when Neelie Kroes was in charge, the comings and goings, the skirmishes between her, her department and Vodafone. It was […]

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