From Quad play to Four play- aggressive rebranding reinvigorating the telco industry again

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As the industry moves quickly from triple play to quad play, the NTL/Virgin Mobile merger brings a new twist to the industry- great personalities like Sir Richard Branson, who cleverly turned a boring telecom term “quadruple” or “quad” play, into Four Play- cheeky given that the NTL/Virgin merger will be rebranded as Virgin! It seemed [...]

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference this week in Turkey

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The ITU is holding its once in every four years conference in Turkey for the next 2-3 weeks to elect a new management team, and lay out a new framework for its policy making and actions over the next 4 years. From what I know, the candidates for: Secretary General are -Mr Hamadoun Toure (current [...]

Is triple play really happening?

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There are many barriers to introducing triple play (fixed voice, data and vide0) and quadruple play (voice, data, video and mobile). In some places, it is regulatory issues (as each service is licensed differently) that is not allowing for easy cross pollination or convergence of services. In other cases, it is the lack of business [...]

Liberalisation efforts in Africa

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Very interesting to read about telecom liberalisation efforts in Africa. Uganda Communications Commission has announced that it will completely liberalise telecom provisioning in Uganda now that an exclusivity license has expired (see http://allafrica.com/stories/200611010423.html ) Meanwhile, South Africa that had already liberalised, seemed to be moving towards creating a new state run operator. Interesting comments on [...]

TIE Fireside Chat with Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO, Orange

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In a room full of mainly software and hardware entrepreneurs, Mr Sanjeev Ahuja gave a very refreshing angle of the telco industry compared to one I have heard from an incumbent telco over my last 20 years in this industry- i.e. looking at things from a customer point of view! He very deftly answered questions [...]

Net Neutrality- a very American debate

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Net Neutrality has been a very hot topic of telecom regulation and policy in the US, unlike in the rest of the world. It has largely to do with the debates over a new telecom bill to be adopted. To many, the new bill removes the age old principle of net neutrality, and therefore the [...]

Finally- convergence for the user!!

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Ever since I have been involved in telecom (i.e.1986) I have heard the message of convergence and how it will impact the lives of users being sung over and over again. Whether it be discussed vis a vis ISDN, ATM, Internet, Mobile, triple play, quad play, I have always been waiting to see it finally [...]

 
 
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