Wireless charging for mobile phones…

This article, here raised a few questions in my mind. Companies, public connect with wireless smartphone chargers More wireless charging solutions for mobile phone! So how will this impact adjacent industries? Imagine mobile-phone based applications that swiftly eat through the mobile phone battery-life. For instance mobile apps/services based on multimedia ( like – video playback, video-on-demand, camera apps), location-based-services (read – GPS & internet services), augmented reality services etc. Such solution providers must look at partnering with wireless charging eco-system providers. Wouldn’t wireless charging enable consumers recharge their phone-batteries & reduce adoption barriers for the said application categories?

The Fit for Growth℠ approach & Business Model Innovation

This post is based on my reading of “A Fit for GrowthSM Framework for Telecom Operators: Aligning Capabilities, Costs, and Structure” by Martin Reitenspiess, Christine Rupp, Hannes Gmelin, and Chady Smayra, via Booz & Co. It is an attempt to reconstruct the proposal made in the publication by drawing analogies to other pieces of work. This publication (from April 2013) from Booz & Co proposes a “Fit for Growth” framework to transition from price-based competition strategy to differentiation strategy. Not surprisingly the industry in question, Telecom, is industry characterized by the following observations: Stagnating market due to saturation of primary revenue sources Declining margins accompanied...

Nokia buys back Siemens’ stake in NSN

Via Wall Street Journal Online & Businessweek Bloomberg: With Nokia Siemens Networks having returned to profitability in Q1 2013, Nokia bets on the telecom network business – will pay €1.7B to buy back Siemen’s 50% stake in the JV. Nokia will finance this purchase with a combination of external bank financing (€1.2B) and a secured loan from Siemens (€0.5B).

Use Google Maps on phone – while you Roam!

(EU to end mobile roaming charges next year via The Telegraph) European politicians at Brussels vote for a roaming-free telecom universe in Europe from 2014. Users will benefit from ‘home rates’ for voice calls, texts & internet access across boundaries in Europe. While this might boost industry consolidation in the years to come – I see one clear beneficiary in this race – internet based application providers.  Surely, the likes of Google Maps will see a spike in usage – “Roaming Charges” has been the biggest deterrent to me using the service on the mobile while driving across Europe.

Tale of the two ‘V’s – Vodafone & Verizon

An interesting in-depth view of what Vodafone can do with the 45% stake in it’s American counterpart – Verizon. (The complete article is at Lex in-depth: Vodafone via the Financial Times Buying back this stake from Vodafone, Verizon will be better able to bear the fruits of profitability. Also, cashing out will bring in a cheque bearing a huge figure to Vodafone. But (there is always one or more of them…) that said – what can be done with all that cash? what about the several re-organizations in JV’s with the regulatory situation ever make a telco’s path to profitability easier