WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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Estonia Is a 'Digital Republic' using #digitalID to identify its population and #blockchain for security - when #digitalTransformation is applied to a whole country. Can covid crisis provide incent...

Estonia Is a 'Digital Republic' using #digitalID to identify its population and #blockchain for security - when #digitalTransformation is applied to a whole country. Can covid crisis provide incent... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Estonia has digitized 99 percent of its public services and persistently achieves one of the highest ratings of trust in government in the EU.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the article summarizes quite well what is possible when a whole country commits to a digital transformation. Note they've been at it since 1997, almost 30 years and they've had to make hard choices (not use a free analog phone system). Can covid crisis provide us with an incentive to do the same on healthcare, retail and government?

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As retailers struggle with a new reality, #retailtech will likely see a big boom with #ecommerce, #cashless #selfCheckout and other #tech

As retailers struggle with a new reality, #retailtech will likely see a big boom with #ecommerce, #cashless #selfCheckout and other #tech | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Retail has changed dramatically over the last few weeks. While many businesses are struggling, the ones that are able to see this crisis through will likely need to invest in new technology to be…

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WHY IT MATTERS: retailers that survive the crisis will look at technology to rebound, adapt to new realities and protect against future disruptions.

Theresa Winebrenner's curator insight, March 27, 3:25 PM
Will this be the new norm for us? 
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Research Briefing on Google's Global Expansion in Telecommunications via @CBinsights

Research Briefing on Google's Global Expansion in Telecommunications via @CBinsights | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Google’s revenue growth — with advertising at its core — is only as strong as the world’s access to its products. Today, it’s estimated that less than 55% of the world has access to reliable, high-speed internet. For this reason, Google has become increasingly focused on improving connectivity. The company is partnering and competing as it works toward global, ubiquitous internet access.
In this research briefing, we analyze 8 initiatives by Google and the broader Alphabet organization — each helping to extend the company’s reach. We dig into patents, earnings calls, private market data, and more to understand Google’s strategy across these areas, including:
Fiber Optics & Fixed Wireless Internet Services
Cellular Service & Connectivity
Live, Online Television
Cloud Computing
Public WiFi

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WHY IT M'ATTERS: Google expands its reach into many data-driven industries, telecom being one of them.

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A discussion #5G telecom use cases and possible impact helps understand what is possible and what is over-hyped about this technology (do not expect infinite bandwidth on your phone in 2020 as many...

A discussion #5G telecom use cases and possible impact helps understand what is possible and what is over-hyped about this technology (do not expect infinite bandwidth on your phone in 2020 as many... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

What is 5G? Why do we care? How much faster does the pipe get? What can we do with a fatter pipe?  How does this relate to VR? Cars? Broadband? What’s the killer app? 

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WHY IT MATTERS: this article is an excellent introduction to 5G use case and possible impact in the next 5-10 years by a leader in the field of mobile.

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Digital #Disruption in #Telecos is still to come- discussion may apply to many other industries @DirkRohweder

Digital #Disruption in #Telecos is still to come- discussion may apply to many other industries @DirkRohweder | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

I recently had the pleasure to meet Pilgrim Beart now the CEO of devicepilot at a TM Forum workshop about the Internet of Everything (IoE) business models and monetization. He shared his story about alert.me an early connected home start up founded in 2006 that was sold in 2015 to British Gas for 100 million €.

He said that they were in intensive discussion with three industries: utilities, retail (DIY chains) and Telcos, as he felt for all three of them there was a huge potential to build a platform on top of their core business. Despite trialing and piloting with all three industries only the efforts with Telcos never led to any real-life implementations.

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A very interesting article on the changes that could happen in the telecom industry with the evolution towards Internet of Things and 5G technologies.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The paper highlights many important questions and decisions that players in the telecommunication industry must answer. I argue that similar questions must also be had in other industries, such as in Retail for example. 

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Mobile data grows by 10%/quarter and has become essential infrastructure via @Akamai #soti

Mobile data grows by 10%/quarter and has become essential infrastructure via @Akamai #soti | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Figure 42 shows total global monthly data and voice traffic. It
depicts a strong increase in data traffic growth but flat voice
traffic development. The number of mobile data subscriptions
has been increasing rapidly, driving growth in data traffic along
with a continuous increase in the average data volume per
subscription. Data traffic grew around 15% between fourth
quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.

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Early in the 2000s, Google and other web companies forecasted that people would consume Internet mostly via mobile devices (leading in part to Google investing in Android).


In 2014, mobile took over desktop for browsing the web (http://cnnmon.ie/1saCX3b). In its state of Internet report (SOTI 1Q14 http://bit.ly/1saE1UI), this Akamai chart shows that people are not buying iPhones and other mobile devices as phone replacements but as desktop replacements. The chart also highlights the importance of ubiquitous mobile network availability, via cellular or wifi.


But contrary to home or office usage, mobile depends on public networks to give users access to the Internet. For now, private corporations (telcos) have been the only ones providing this essential service. Soon, governments should consider providing the wireless telecommunication networks as part of their infrastructure, in a similar way that they provide roads, sewer and aqueducs.

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