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Friday, 17 October 2014

7 things we learnt from Carriers World

With Carriers World now in the rear-view mirror we take a reflective look back at some of the key things learnt from the outstanding two day conference. 

1. Voice is not Dead!
While many OTT players are incorporating voice into their applications, this is not to say that the voice industry is dead (even though still a disputed topic this week). Rather wholesale carriers must look at how voice traffic is being moved forward towards VoLTE and HD Voice, and recognise that it is (see point 2!)

2. Quality over Quantity
While there is still a market in voice, the consumer is becoming more and more driven by quality and hence wholesale carriers must keep this in mind, when launching new services such as VoLTE and HD Voice. 

3. This is a big world… …and undoubtedly getting bigger. With data increasing at an exponential rate (and one that will certainly become bigger as more connected devices come on board) the horizon is set to widen for a lot of wholesale carriers.

4. We all love a good buzzword
And the word of this week: hyper connectivity. While we cannot ignore phrases such as M2M and WebRTC, it will be interesting to see how such innovations will affect the traditional wholesale market. 

5. Keep your friends close
… and your enemies closer! While inviting Skype to a traditional wholesale carrier conference may seem like a rather uncouth idea, the discussions had onsite seemed to imply that your greatest alley can be found in the strangest places. Wholesale carriers must recognise the disruptors and find a way to work alongside them.

6. We all need a little help from our friends 
Reiterating the words of Nellie Kroes last week, the traditional model for wholesale carriers is one that holds a precarious position; instead wholesale carriers need to invest in partnerships that will allow them to move with the times and facilitate for them to be more than just a “dumb pipe”. 

7. Opportunity can be found in the most unorthodox of places
APIs may not exactly spring to mind as something to talk about at such a conference, however speakers from Twilio, Deezer, and Amazon Web Services demonstrated that there are opportunities in new and exciting places. Giving the carrier a chance to once again get closer to the end user. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Mexico's telecoms renaissance begins

There’s no denying it’s been all change on the Mexican front over the last few months, following reforms initiated by President Enrique Pena Nieto to bolster competition across a number of sectors. Among them, Mexico’s telecoms sector, one full of opportunity for international players.

But first you have to encourage them to get involved. How is Mexico doing that? First, they created a new and autonomous regulator, IFT and then gave it the power to revoke operating licences from companies using monopolistic practices. This allows IFT, together with the Federal Commission of Economic Competition, to enforce one of the reform’s main aims – to stimulate competition in Mexico’s telecoms industry (but more on that next time). Next came the lifting of restrictions on direct foreign investment – up to 100% in telecommunications and satellite communications and 49% in the broadcasting sector, clearly marking a paradigm shift in direction.

A good start, undoubtedly, but there’s more to do yet! Mexico has spent a long time limiting or deterring foreign direct investment, so it’s going to take some time to win it back. Investors will be comparing opportunities there with other economies that have been actively pursuing foreign capital for years. Investors will still seek to de-risk their investments as much as possible, with many less interested in what they are actually investing in, and more interested in the returns it can bring (quite rightly, one might argue). Even within Mexico, there’s stiff competition for capital, particularly with the opening up of its energy sector, a popular asset class with foreign investors.

It also depends on how long investors are willing to wait for their money. It seems that infrastructure investment is a key motivator for the opening up of the sector, and infrastructure investments can require a long-term investment view.

Ultimately, it’s all up in the proverbial air at the moment, but one thing’s for sure – Mexico’s telecoms industry is entering a renaissance period, and there are exciting opportunities there for those who have the appetite. Join us in October at our Mexico Telecoms Briefing to find out more about what they are.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Presentation: Mobile push for fibre - Dobek Pater

Africa Analysis provides specialist consulting and analysis services in the telecommunications, IT and digital media sectors.We differentiate ourselves through our deep focus and understanding of ICT markets in developing countries. We have undertaken projects in 50 African countries and have travelled to most of the African countries.

The fibre markets are competitive but will become more competitive with the introduction of wholesale products that will enable many smaller competitors in the metro and access.

Benefits of downloading this presentation:
  • Analysis of Africa
  • Overview of the fibre market in South Africa
  • Insight of what is happening in the mobile industry

Do you provide an innovation or solution in this industry? You may be interested in our event SatCom Africa2015

Presentation: How operators and broadcasters make money from OTT - Loren Braithwaite-Kabosha

The ICT ecosystem is composed of various components, such as broadcasters, fixed line networks, mobile operators and internet services.

In this presentation, the decision of whether OTT disrupts the ICT sector businesses in South Africa will be discussed, as well as the roost of OTT amongst other aspects.

Benefits of downloading this presentation:
  • Coverage of ICT ecosystem-Broadcasters, Fixed line networks, Mobile operators and internet services
  • Understanding the roots of OTT
  • Overview of disruptive innovation
  • Review of OTT and its impacts
  • Insight of the impact of OTT on traditional broadcasters

Do you provide an innovation or solution in this industry? You may be interested in our event SatCom Africa2015