The calm after the storm: Connectivity First at MWC15

Posted on March 13, 2015

The dust from Mobile World Congress 2015 may have settled but the debates that gave the show its energy will echo through the industry for some time to come. Two things really stood out about those debates. First, the competitive tension caused by the likes of Google...

Welcome to Connectivity World Congress…?

Posted on March 5, 2015

Someone visiting this show for the first time, with no preconceived ideas, might well find themselves wondering why it’s still called “Mobile World Congress”. Such a variety of industries, applications and activities are on display here in Barcelona that the...

Connectivity First: An Operator Census

Posted on March 4, 2015

Mobile operators are not alone in providing wireless connectivity. And as end users’ connectivity options become more diverse, mobile operators must seek out new ways to keep themselves relevant. Mobile World Congress is where the mobile operator community convenes to...

Connectivity First: Mapping The Landscape

Posted on March 3, 2015

The connectivity landscape is complex and crowded, with huge variation between indoor and outdoor locations. As a real-world walk-through shows, end users need help to navigate their way through it. How do you paint the Connectivity Landscape? For decades mobile...

Connectivity First: Think Like a Smartphone User

Posted on March 2, 2015

Smartphone users just want to get connected. The mobile operator community needs to think more like its customers and think about connectivity first, and technology second.   Some 85,000 people will descend on Mobile World Congress 2015, bringing with them 85,000...

Introducing Connectivity First

Posted on February 25, 2015

It has long been said in the mobile industry that end users want service, not technology. But because smartphone connectivity has always been delivered by the cellular network, the separation of service and technology has never really been tested. In 2014, with the...

It’s a hotel Wi-Fi free-for-all

Posted on February 19, 2015

Google “meaning of life” and you get 408 million search results. Google “free hotel Wi-Fi” and you get 645 million. Clearly hotel Wi-Fi is important to a lot of people. Studies into its availability and quality abound, catering to an international clientele that...

New wireless service offers could be real head-turners

Posted on January 27, 2015

The Wall Street Journal published a story this week promising that the wireless industry business model is about to be turned on its head. The story built on the WSJ’s breaking coverage of an anticipated US MVNO launch by Google, which is expected to incorporate Wi-Fi...

Location, Location, Location

Posted on January 8, 2015

Talk to any estate agent or realtor (depending where you live) and they’ll tell you that location is the most important thing when it comes to selling property. Is it a nice area? Is it easy to get to? Does it have good access? Decent restaurants nearby? If you’ve got...

Does Wi-Fi First herald the final curtain for mobile operators?

Posted on November 11, 2014

Rivalry makes for a far better narrative than co-operation, as the plots of countless literary works illustrate. What’s interesting, though, is that many of the great tales of conflict end in reconciliation; usually when both sides have learnt the folly of that...