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When Perfection Does Matter

While we often argue against the need for perfection, there is definitely a time and a place when it's required and any discussion about telcos should at least try to recognise this.

Although today we see many services as non-essential, just useful and, possibly, fun, it's easy to forget that telco networks deliver some fundamental services that can have a critical role to play in our lives.

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23 May 2012
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What’s the Use of Half an Eye? #MWD12

This week, we're off to Dublin once again for the latest edition of TeleManagement World, or TMW as it is better known. We have a number of briefings and will be offering our views and opinions in due course. Ahead of the show, we had a briefing with Layer 7 Technologies, which rather set the tone for where we think one part of the industry needs to head.

One of our favourite topics is open APIs and third-party developer access. A sub-theme is the quest for perfection, or rather why that's a misplaced goal, as we suggested in a recent blog (although we are going to try to describe why we think perfection is sometimes not just desirable but essential in further posts).

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22 May 2012
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#IMS Today

It’s been a few days since the latest edition of the IMS World Forum and this interval has given us chance to reflect. We’ve been following IMS since our foundation, but our principals have been involved with IMS initiatives since the early noughties.

It’s been rather interesting since then. We have had hype, despair and, from some quarters, ridicule. Some analysts have been only too quick to take pot-shots at IMS, for a variety of reasons. Others have, of course, been more supportive. And, there were times when the IMS industry needed some friends.

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11 May 2012
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#IMS Don't be Shy - Telcos Need to Embrace the Beta

Most people have probably heard of the classic satire "Dr Strangelove". Perhaps fewer will be aware of its subtitle – "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb". I was reminded of this while listening to an interesting presentation from Alan Duric of Telio at the IMS World Forum in Madrid.

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30 Apr 2012
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IMS World Forum: Awards, Briefings and a Market Update

The IMS World Forum is with us once again, taking place in Madrid from 24th to 26th April. Once again, we are delighted to be participating in the industry's leading IMS event.

This year, we shall be present in the analyst breakfast briefings which kick off the conference, as well as chairing the IMS Deployment Strategies stream on Day 2.

Guy Redmill
2 Apr 2012
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Newfield Wireless' innovative proposition: how to discover your wireless network

We had many briefings during the last edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Among a number of standout-solutions and ideas, we were particularly impressed by the value proposition of Newfield Wireless.

The company offers an innovative way to monitor wireless networks in real-time, enabling MNOs to pinpoint trouble spots and identify solutions to improve network performance. The software, called "Truecall", generates accurate maps that indicate cell overshooting and areas of interference; locate dropped or failed calls; and understand demand density in the network.

Guy Redmill
2 Apr 2012
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Cloud Net Summit: Why Don’t Enterprises Choose Carriers for Cloud Services?

At the recent Cloud Net Summit in London, there was considerable discussion regarding the role carriers and telecoms service providers can play in the provision of cloud services. One of the most noteworthy observations came from research by Current Analysis, which suggested that only 6% of businesses choose carriers as their “go-to” source for cloud services.

A number of reasons were advanced for this perhaps surprising conclusion, including the suggestion that carriers are perceived as having more voice expertise than data. It’s certainly true that most carriers come from a strong legacy business in voice, but it’s equally true that very few are solely dependent on voice today.

Guy Redmill
30 Mar 2012
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Point to Point in the last mile

Penetration of high-speed broadband over fibre varies considerably around the world. Some countries have been able to invest heavily in such schemes, supported by Government initiatives; in others, it's left to private enterprise; and in still others we find a blend of the two.

It's a complex area, but most commentators are agreed that widespread access to genuine high-speed links is likely to be crucial to economic development. The availability of high-speed broadband should already be a factor in deciding where to site office facilities, not just the availability of appropriate labour resources or quality of life metrics.

Guy Redmill
19 Mar 2012
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Face-to-face still counts

It's ironic that, working in the communications industry and with the plethora of tools now available to us, we still have many, many meetings. There ought to be a better, more efficient way of doing things. And, there is. But you still can't beat a face-to-face meeting to help really understand what people want and what they are offering.

Guy Redmill
24 Feb 2012
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What's in Store at #MWC2012

Mobile World Congress is here again and already the rumours are flying. This time, they seem less about the technology and developments than the logistics. Will the public transport dispute be resolved and the strike averted? We think so, but the possibility that it may not is curiously entertaining. There is a certain irony that we have had several trouble free years in Barcelona and, just after the GSMA committed themselves to the city for another few years, this happens. Was it covered by force majeure in their contract?

Guy Redmill
24 Feb 2012
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