Blog MWC. Experience-Based Charging 

by Keith Brody Mar 01, 2017

In my errant professional youth, which is to say early in my career, I spent some years as a circulation director in the magazine industry, back in the days when the news came printed on paper and publications were sent by mail to subscribers. Every Monday, the logistics business apparently being as nascent as the publishing one (at least in comparison to where we are now), we would brace ourselves for the inevitable volley of complaints from unhappy readers who hadn’t received their weekly digest in the post. You’d be surprised how upset many of them got.

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Blog MWC Day 1, part 2

by Keith Brody Feb 28, 2017

In the last blog, the first from Mobile World Congress, I outlined the exercise of creating a new taxonomy for telco infrastructure (BSS and OSS, or otherwise) and our thoughts on the subject. This, perhaps predictably, led into the question of who would supply the various components in the taxonomy and how would they do it.

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The Next Element – Mobile World Congress Day One

by Keith Brody Feb 27, 2017

Commercial life is a quest for repeat business and Mobile World Congress is nothing if not that. As Day 1 of the world’s largest telco gathering starts, for those of us in attendance there’s that lingering sense of déjà vu all over again! This year’s telco-fest is presented under the banner “The Next Element” to which, at DigitalRoute, we might add “…only represents progress if it can communicate with the one that came before it”. This observation might be cynical were the truth of it not so often taken for granted and the reality thus so often problematic.

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Big Data and Football. No, Seriously

by Keith Brody Feb 24, 2017

Mid-February and the onset of Mobile World Congress once again finds me struggling to incorporate some sort of football angle into a blog about data integration. Think of it as my annual homage to Barcelona, or something like that.

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TMForum Live! Asia Blog Series - Digitization? Well, Yes and No. And Not Yet

by Keith Brody Dec 09, 2016

The second day of TMForum Live! in Singapore started with some sanguine observations about digitization, going beneath the headlines and plumbing the realities of what a sucessful digital transformation entails. Among the conclusions, flying solo isn’t going to be the best approach. 

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TMForum Live! Asia Blog Series - Prefacing the Internet of Things

by Keith Brody Dec 08, 2016

Discussions around the “hot” topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) at TMForum Live! in Singapore this week have displayed a refreshing lack of hubris given the telco industry’s collective predisposition for announcing every innovation as a game-changer. That may be because in the race to zero where the aspect of connectivity is concerned, there’s less of a vested interest in exaggeration but regardless, it’s clear that IoT remains embryonic and its prevalence is some time away yet.

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TMForum Live! Asia Blog Series - Spread the Love! Customer Centricity is Here

by Keith Brody Dec 07, 2016

TelecomForum Asia Live in Singapore kicked off today with questions of digitization at the front of mind. These are being tackled from various perspectives; customer centricity, innovative services and agility among them. 

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In Asia, Investments in Network Infrastructure Drive Market Opportunity...and Integration Challenges

by Keith Brody Dec 02, 2016

The analyst firm Analysys Mason concludes in a recently published report, Pay-Tv services in emerging Asia–Pacific: trends and forecasts 2016–2021, that: "Significant fibre investment plans in countries such as China, Indonesia and Malaysia will enable IPTV services to be bundled with fixed broadband; the resulting take-up will be high."

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So, You Want to Enable Innovation. Don't we all? 

by Keith Brody Dec 01, 2016

Innovation emerged as a key theme at the recent APAC MVNO conference. And in other news, are we finally moving beyond the hype?

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Consolidated Data Repositories Require "Smart Data" to Work Effectively

by Ola Billinger Nov 27, 2016

When discussing data, most often we tend to focus on the “last step” of the data journey. That’s no surprise because it’s where the most pressing action usually is. This is almost always the point at which, regardless of the individual Use Case, the data becomes monetized. The northbound application in these contexts could be Billing (billing mediation), it could be Analytics or performance or traffic management (OSS mediation) or it could be CRM, feeding SAP Hana or likewise. The common element is the pre-processing of data prior to an immediate, subsequent action.

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