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The Q2 magazine features a special report on Big Data plus an exclusive interview with Belgacom CEO Didier Bellens.
Results of our latest reader survey form the centerpiece of our Big Data special report, which features analysis by KPMG, Ovum and Informa.
With 70 percent of respondents agreeing that the telecoms sector is better placed than other sectors to capitalize on the opportunities Big Data presents, one analyst sounds a note of caution.
“Other industries are further ahead and potentially will face fewer issues with regard to regulation,” said KPMG’s Milan Sallaba.
The debate continues in our feature that assesses the strategic opportunity open to operators: journalist Andrew Eatwell suggests the telecoms industry's strict regulatory framework could work in its favour, but Swisscom’s Carsten Roetz argues that not everything which is possible should be done.
There are further articles on the human talent telcos require to succeed in Big Data, a look at the latest developments in technology, plus lessons that can be learnt from other industries.
Didier Bellens is the subject of this issue’s feature interview; the Belgacom CEO discusses the company’s partnerships with Samsung, FON and Deezer as well as why the operator could be viewed as “the enterprise telco”.
Our back office section looks at how new services are driving changes in policy management; “Where original [policy management] products were very static, newer solutions are more dynamic, supporting mix-and-match environments, uses and real-time decision-making,” notes journalist Sue Tabbitt.
There is a focus on the resurgence of WiFi in our networks section. Priscilla Awde uncovers a range of opinions, including Ovum’s Steven Hartley; “WiFi is here, it works, is cheaper and faster to set up and provides wholesale business opportunities.”
In our content and services section, Ian Grant assesses the challenges operators face in the pay TV space and argues that if content makers start writing movies and TV shows where the viewer is an active participant, traditional xDSL telcos are poorly placed to service that demand.
There is a round up of the key news stories from the last few months while we also assess the financial performance of telcos in Asia-Pac, the US and Europe during Q1.
Finally, this issue features a design first for European Communications – we have a “false” front cover brought to you by SmartMark Communications that highlights an interview with CEO Juliet Shavit discussing the opportunities open to operators in the Smart Grid field.
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