Posts Tagged ‘telecoms’

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Check out The Mobile Network (@TMNmag) – new publication for all telecoms enthusiasts by @keithdyer and @shr_ldn

April 8, 2013
The Mobile Network Quarterly launch issue

The Mobile Network Quarterly launch issue

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

Former Mobile Europe colleagues Keith Dyer and Shahid Ramzan have recently combined forces to launch a new publication called The Mobile Network. We met with them to discuss this new venture.

Launched at Mobile World Congress, The Mobile Network aims to make sense of a broad range of networks, “mapping” them out for the most part in an easy to digest infographics style. The Mobile Network puts the businesses that walk in this space into context, asking who they are and how they fit within the telecoms ecosystem.

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Interview with Mats Sjödin, Editor in Chief, Telecom News & TV News (Sweden)

March 14, 2013

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

Mats Sjodin Editor Telekom Nyheterna

Mats is the Editor in Chief of Swedish publications Telekomnyheterna and TV-Nyheterna, or Telecom News and TV News.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

From being the silent boy who had to leave school because of my poor results, I have had a long journey. Nowadays I run two newsletters for professionals within the telecom and TV industry in Sweden. I also arrange seminars and networking meetings in these two businesses. In practice this means that I’m working hard to build relationships with important people in both industries – to be first with the best news, of course, but also to find the right speakers for the right events and to attract more people to attend our events. When not working I love fishing, hunting and of course sporting. Something I am particularly proud of is that I made The Swedish Classic 2011. That means I skied Vasaloppet (90 km), biked Vättern runt (300 km), swim Vansbrosimmet (3 km in a really cold river) and run Lidingöloppet (a very hilly 30 km race), in one year.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the titles you write for and their interest in mobile technology: 

Telekomnyheterna is Sweden’s leading news source for decision makers within the telecom industry. We focus on the operators’ businesses, and from that perspective we try to cover Read the rest of this entry ?

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Interview with @TelecomCircle Founder & Editor Mohit Agrawal

July 31, 2012

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

 

Mohit Agrawal is Founder and Editor of Telecom Circle, a popular telecoms industry blog and an open networking organisation for communications, media and advertising industry professionals. It fosters cooperation and business development through virtual and live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends.

Mohit is a telecom professional with rich experience of over 15 years. His expertise is in the area of strategy and planning, and his work experience includes stints with two Big 5 consulting organisations, a telecom operator and a handset vendor. He is an alumnus of London Business School, IMT-Ghaziabad and IIT-BHU, Varanasi.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I am a daydreamer. I love to see the big picture, and probably for that reason I am strategist with a large mobile handset company. I also like to share my learning and experiences, and hence have been blogging for the last three years. When I am not working, I like to run around with my five-year-old kid, who is a bundle of joy and energy.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your blog and its interest in mobile technology

My blog is Telecom Circle, and it focuses on the mobile and internet space. I write few articles, but write them after a lot of industry research. The blog is followed by readers who are interested in industry data and trends. I have been blogging for three years, and I got interested in blogging as a hobby soon after an executive development programme at London Business School.  The blog has attracted a decent following with over 20,000 visits per month, and it has managed to generate a small profit as well (thanks to advertising).

Q. What’s hot in mobiles and telecoms this year?

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Is it time to wave goodbye to CTIA?

May 16, 2012

By Jo Ben Rais, Marketing Consultant
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New Orleans, last week: It’s been a few years since my last visit to CTIA. Back then, the show was in its familiar Las Vegas, full of the buzz of next generation networks and the possibilities they held.

Fast forward to 2012, and the show seems to be in something of a rut. Aside from peak times, the show floor was quiet, and more heavily populated by pushers of handset paraphernalia than by the carriers, vendors and the big names of Silicon Valley who are the real harbingers of major industry developments to come. Many of those big names chose to opt out of exhibiting altogether or to participate with an offsite location or meeting room only.

The atmosphere on the show floor was also flat – in New Orleans, the home of jazz, not one of the larger stands I saw chose to have a live band or even music playing. Instead, rather obscure sand artists and bubble blowers (really) were as good as it got for on-stand entertainment – a far cry from the full-on theatrical production of MWC or CES. Headline grabbing announcements (other than the usual gripes from the carriers against the FCC for spectrum liberalisation) were also thin on the ground.

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Analyst Q&A with Clive Longbottom, Founder of Quocirca

March 28, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I’m on a quest to debunk technology, putting it back where it belongs as a pure facilitator to business process.  I’m also on a quest to try and make briefings with industry analysts a bit more fun. Let’s have a bit of a laugh and enjoy things, rather than getting too serious and spoiling each other’s day.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your analyst firm and its interest in information technology (including storage, security, mobile, cloud and virtualization).

Quocirca was set up to be a firm with analysts who are big enough to have their own views.  Talking with a Quocirca analyst should not have any “company views”, but should be from the analyst’s own heart – their feelings, their experiences, their take on the markets based on research amongst large and small companies worldwide, face-to-face discussions with end users and vendors and a hard-headed dose of reality thrown in.  All our public output is available completely free of charge without any need to subscribe or register – just go to the web site and take whatever you want!  All the above technologies are inherent to the problems that organisations are dealing with – therefore, Quocirca covers them all, but in a contextually aware manner that fits each part in to an organisation’s needs, rather than looking at them as pure technology plays.

Q. What’s hot in IT this year? 

Mainly confusion.  Vendors are trying to stake their claims to various different parts of the market, as are different parts of the channel – as well as industry bodies, analysts and the media.  2012 will be the year of cloud and big data, followed in 2013 by the year of sorting out the mess caused by wrong implementations of technology to underpin these strategies, poor business models from providers and confusion from end-users.  I’d keep away from what’s hot, and concentrate on what’s right – Read the rest of this entry ?

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MWC 2013 – How do I book my stand? Demystifying #MWC12 #MWC2012

January 23, 2012

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O)

 

If you are new to exhibiting at Mobile World Congress, or are considering booking a space for the first time, it’s helpful to understand the MWC booking system.

 

The GSMA gives priority to those who have exhibited at previous events and, depending upon a number of elements, allocate points to each exhibitor, which define the choice of the stand available to your company at the show.

 

What is the MWC points system?

 

The MWC points system is not so hard to understand, once you become familiar with it. Depending upon the size of the exhibition space that you book, your company is allocated a certain number of points. Additional points are also given for any meeting rooms booked at the event, or any space you may have booked at the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress.

 

Once your space at an event has been secured, additional points may also be accrued from any other supplementary business you do with the GSMA, including booking advertorial or advertising space in the Show Daily, advertising on the ‘MyMWC’ portal, or for becoming GSMA members.

 

To be included in the points system for MWC 2013, you would have needed to have collected as many points as possible before 1 November, 2011. Priority for booking the following year’s event is given to those with the most points by that cut-off date.

 

Booking your 2013 space:

 

If you are already in the MWC points system, you will be invited to attend a sales meeting with the GSMA during this year’s Mobile World Congress 2012. (Some larger exhibitors have already been given the opportunity to secure their space now, but for the rest of us, this chance will be at MWC 2012).

 

*It is vital not to miss this appointment, as you will lose your place on the points list if you do*

 

You will be shown a live floorplan of the show, and you will be free to choose from any of the remaining free spaces. You must be prepared to sign the contract for 2013 at the show, or you will not secure your desired position.

 

I’m too late – I don’t have any points!

 

If you’re not already booked to exhibit at this year’s event, all is not lost. By contacting the GSMA sales team, you can be added to the waiting list. Once the companies with points have booked, you will be able to choose from any remaining spaces. Accept that it may not be the right hall or the right size, but take comfort that whatever you book will accrue you the points and the opportunity to probably move to something more suitable next year, if not before – it’s not uncommon for cancellations and moves to take place right up until the show, so be sure your GSMA account manager is aware you’d like to be kept informed of any newly available spaces. But you’ll need to be quick – these spaces go on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

 

Yes, the planning and preparation for Mobile World Congress seems to be a year-round activity, but the value in participating in the number one European telecoms trade show is, for most of us, worth its weight in gold and is an opportunity not to be missed.

 

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Sky News Gadgeteer: Q&A with Martin Stanford, BSkyB

February 8, 2011

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) and Olivia Shannon (@olivia_at_o)

Martin Stanford is a prime-time anchorman and technology journalist at Sky News, broadcasting each weekday evening from 8 to 10pm. He is also host of the irreverent talk show Technology Unplugged. The Countdown2MWC team was delighted to get some insights from Martin on the mobile/telecoms industry and Mobile World Congress 2011. For more information, his biography is available here.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a full-time newscaster and part-time tech journalist working for Sky News in London. 

Q. What’s hot in mobiles this year?

Well, I’m not sure – let’s see what emerges. There will be more tablets, I am sure – and smaller smart phones, I am told, if that’s not a contradiction.

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