The Drive for Connectivity

Posted on May 1, 2015

The motor car has been an icon of freedom for generations, and gaining access to it is a well-established rite of passage for young people in search of a new level of independence. Necessary regulation around driving age and instruction has served only to cement the...

First Words: The new language of wireless marketing

Posted on April 16, 2015

Control language and you can maintain order. This observation was made by George Orwell in his cautionary novel 1984 — a year in which, as it happened in reality, the first sale of a handheld mobile phone to a US consumer was made. The corollary to this theory (and...

Wi-Fi Calling for Change

Posted on April 13, 2015

This post originally appeared in the ‘Opinion’ section on www.telecoms.com, on April 9th, 2015 Wi-Fi calling announcements are turning a lot of heads right now. Since T-Mobile USA and Apple whipped up a storm in September last year, the launch of Wi-Fi...

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...