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“Canadians Consuming More Digital Media – but Not at the Expense of Traditional Media” is available on Techvibes

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/canadians-consuming-more-digital-media-but-not-at-the-expense-of-traditional-media-2012-09-07

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Analysis

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis



New chapter of a book on technology business models now available

Our new chapter on the redefinition of technology business models is available online at Nova Science Publishers.

https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=25245

Notre nouveau chapitre sur les modèles d’affaires en technologie est maintenant disponible en ligne.

 

Rethinking North American Telephony Business Models in the Age of Turbulence 

By : Louis Rhéaume, TELUQ and Infocom Intelligence; Dr. Yves Rabeau, UQÀM

Date, June 2012

Abstract.

Since the mid-90’s the telecom industry went into a period of sustained disruptive innovations which combined with deregulation led to a lot of turbulence and a sometimes difficult redefinition of business models. A true Schumpeterian wave of innovation enhanced by competition leads to creation of wealth as an unprecedented investment boom occurred in telecommunications sustained by overly optimistic and sometimes fraudulent forecasts of Internet traffic. But it also led to wealth destruction when the financial bubble ended in a stock markets crash in 2000, whereas several telecom companies went bust weakened by debts, substantial overcapacity and a loss of market power. It then became clear that traffic growth did not translate necessarily into revenue growth. As overcapacity eased in the 2000’s and telecom companies painfully restructured, the wave of innovation went on. Particularly, VoIP definitely made long-distance wireline service and dial-up ISP commodities. The telephony industry is moving from a transport sector toward a service sector as information technologies are at the heart of all business models in the world economy.

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Our new article: “By 2016, 57% of Smartphone Owners Will Use Their Own Device at Work: Forrester ” is available on Techvibes

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/by-2016-57-of-smartphone-owners-will-use-their-own-device-at-work-forrester-2012-05-11

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Our new article: “Mobile Payments Will Go Mainstream Sooner Than You Think [Infographic]” is available on Techvibes

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/mobile-payments-will-go-mainstream-sooner-than-you-think-infographic-2012-05-07

 

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Our new article “Forecast: Global Mobile Content to Reach $150 Billion in 2012″ is available on Techvibes

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/forecast-global-mobile-content-to-reach-150-billion-in-2012-2012-04-30

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

The potential of m-commerce (infographic)

[Published originally on THURSDAY, MARCH 08, 2012]

Here is the potential of m-commerce in a Mashable infographic.

http://mashable.com/2012/03/07/mobile-commerce-outlook/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Louis Rhéaume
Infocom Intelligence
louis@infocomintelligence.com
Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Innovation of the month: GroupMe of Skype

[Published originally on MONDAY, MARCH 05, 2012]

GroupMe is the newest member of the Skype family. GroupMe is an easy way to chat with the people and groups you really know, wherever you are. GroupMe works on almost every cell phone¹ and there’s an app available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7. You’ll be connecting with all your friends in no time at all.

What is interesting is the fact that you can chat in group among different smartphones OS owners. More people are registered to Skype than Blackberry Messenger or other proprietary applications.

The app is free if you have a WiFi connection or a mobile data plan that emables to chat with your group in-app.

Louis Rhéaume
Infocom Intelligence
louis@infocomintelligence.com
Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Alternatives to SMS are cutting wireless operators revenues

[published originally on FRIDAY, MARCH 02, 2012]

According to GigaOM, new competitors such as Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook Chat and Google Voice are all alternative ways to send instant messages or texts across mobile platforms and join the usual suspects such as BlackBerry Messenger, iMessage and Skype as ways Internet businesses are again challenging the mobile carriers at their own game. The rise in third-party IM and voice applications has been noted in Europe, but reports out today show that carriers are running out of time. They need to hurry to co-opt their competition by playing to their strengths.

Ovum estimates operators lost $13.9 billion of potential SMS revenue in 2011 through subscribers using social messaging apps on their mobile phone, a loss in revenue that is both high margin and creates a virtuous cycle of use. When I sign up for a new social messaging service, I get my friends on it too, causing a loss in potential revenue that spreads virally. That’s how Viber, a social messaging service that was relatively unknown six months ago, can suddenly shoot up to consume 2 percent of mobile bandwidth six months later, according to data from Allot.

Wireless operators must build a good portfolio of innovation projects where some “winners” will emerge. Innovation is the solution to revenues loss.

Source: http://gigaom.com/mobile/random-startups-are-eating-almost-14b-in-operator-sales/

Louis Rhéaume
Infocom Intelligence
louis@infocomintelligence.com
Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

The world of smartphones at Mobile World Congress

[Published originally on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2012]

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is actually in Barcelona, Spain. In a world where data is growing, SMS, short message provides 14% of the income of wireless operators.

But now is the time of the proliferation of data on smartphones: What’s App and social networks are killing the SMS. Moreover, the future of any business depends on its adaptation to the smartphone and its connection to the Internet.

Smartphones grew 53.5% in 2011, 432 million of these devices were sold worldwide, 34% of the total. At year end there will be a billion humans with a smartphone in their hands, according to Telecoms and Media. The smartphone is not, as predicted a couple of years ago, a luxury, but a necessary good. Within the next four years, the penetration of these devices will be multiplied by nine in Pakistan, by six in Indonesia, five in Japan and Nigeria, three in China and Brazil.

Penetration exceeds 50% in Spain, creating a new economy. Half of their owners used to make purchases, according to research from ComScore, among other activities.

The rapid expansion of mobile phone is no stranger to the business the ability to exploit someone else to operators and manufacturers. It is an income source for everyone from the automotive industry to public health. The smartphone saves routine visits to the doctor, permanent driver serves our vital signs, medication or view monitors in its early stage disease.

At the fair of Barcelona, the spotlight is going to lead to spectacular new phones, but the most important thing is not: are operating systems, with news W8 Mozilla and Microsoft – and especially the chips becoming more and more quick and ready. The quad-core Qualcomm (Snapdragon 4) and Nvidia (Tegra 39), born for the smartphone are able to get along with computers and television sets, connect to social networks, make payments or play real-time events and HD. All at once, in a single chip, and using less energy; an essential step for the nightmare of any owner of a mobile phone: the battery life, an area where progress is not enough for physical reasons.

In 2011, the biggest mobile sectors were: mobile games (31.5% of all admissions), music (21%) and applications (16%), but in four years it will be payments and applications.

Mobile users are taking advantage of broadband and connectivity in every corner. While traffic has tripled with just pictures, the application was multiplied by 15, by 13 for publications and video by 22. Telephone traffic will grow by 62% each year until 2016, the minority will be voice.

New mobile opportunities emerged: a computer is a company,and can be an application developer. Major events in the world today have not taken more than half a dozen people, as is the case of the most successful mobile game in the world: Angry Birds, which is only possible with a smartphone. It is the rule of smartphone.

Source: El Pais

Louis Rhéaume
Infocom Intelligence
louis@infocomintelligence.com
Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Forrester Research forecasts 1 billion smartphones and tablets by 2016

[Published originally on February 20, 2012]

According to Forrester Research, smartphones and tablets consumers will reach a billion global consumers by 2016.

“Mobile is not simply another device for IT to support with a shrunken website or a screen-scraped SAP application. Rather, mobile is the manifestation of a much broader shift to new systems of engagement. These systems of engagement help firms empower their customers, partners, and employees with context-aware apps and smart products. To remain vital in this business technology reformation, CIOs must step up and work with other executives to establish an “office of the chief mobility officer” to implement an enterprisewide mobile strategy. This team will coordinate the business and technology investments under a “design for mobile first” mantra that delivers four immediate benefits:

1) fuel profitable growth with stickier offerings and mobile self-service;
2) move faster along the mobile learning curve;
3) aggregate mobile project budgets to fund needed engagement technology; and
4) grow from an IT group focused on systems of record to a business technology group focused on systems of engagement”.

Infocom Intelligence covered the Canadian wireless market in a 2007 report, analyzing technologies and strategies. The report is available online for US$85 (with taxes). For more information see http://www.infocomintelligence.com/newreports.htm

Louis Rhéaume
Infocom Intelligence
louis@infocomintelligence.com
Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

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