The MoU Factory

Quite often when interacting with the Executive Teams of Communications Service Providers, we come across titles like “Chief Technology Officer“, “Chief Information Officer” and “Chief Operations Officer” or some other variant that I would call a CxO.

IMHO these titles are anachronisms.

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Overhauling Backhaul

It is amazing how the connectivity systems within a mobile network (Backhaul/Transport) have evolved over the  last two decades – from 2G voice only services to our modern LTE world where even voice could be served through a packet switched network. Such evolution is always haphazard, driven by real-time traffic demands and ends up making the network messier and messier over time.

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An “Aha!” Moment for History!

Sometimes thoughts on history can give us an “Aha!” moment.. not just new things! At-least for me, reminiscing on a forgotten memory and getting back the thought in all its glory gave me the same high!

Yesterday, during my self-learning hour, I was perplexed by a problem…

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The Cheshire Cat

In Lewis Caroll’s masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland, there is a character called Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat is a grinning cat who could disappear (become invisible) and reappear at will. Sometimes, the cat would disappear but would leave its “grin” behind.

I was recently in a Panel Discussion where we were debating what would be a future telco and what would be considered a good customer experience in those scenarios. I ended up speaking about Cheshire Cat…

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The Indian Net-Neutrality Debate

In the last few weeks, on Social Media circles where I am present, there have been shrill cries on alleged “Net-Neutrality” compromises in India based on an opposition to Airtel Zero plan and Internet.Org setup by Reliance.

I have been pointing out the flaws in the arguments and have received a lot of flak. An analysis of arguments from the other camp led me to conclude that there is a lack of understanding on what is “Net-Neutrality”, that there is a “transference of anger” from another problem and triggered some thoughts on future needs.

Here I would like to share some of those thoughts…

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Operator Agnostic Networks

I recently read an article on Services in the context Enterprise Networks. The article put the size of the market at a figure that was at-least two times the size of Services for Carrier Networks. This obviously meant one of two things – the world-wide Enterprise Networks are several times larger than public carrier networks or Enterprise Networks are far more complex consuming more Services for its upkeep than that for Carriers.

Without being judgmental about these two points, there is no denying the fact that the Enterprise Networks Market is larger than that for Carriers.

As is my wont – started day dreaming ( 🙂 ) about the following terminology: Over the Top Network and Operator Agnostic Network.

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Blackberry acquires Movirtu to boost BYOD

Read: Light Reading India News Analysis

An interesting start to BYOD by Blackberry, no doubt. However, the availability of this capability does not take away from the fact that the device must have features to be useful in both personal and official contexts.

Having been a Blackberry user in the past, I am able to conceive that a device can be designed by Blackberry to be useful in the context of official requirements. When it comes to  personal requirements – I am not sure.

I am not familiar with the latest situation vis-à-vis Blackberry’s ecosystem for Apps. The device I carry helps me track my exercises, dietary intake, my budget during travel and a host of infotainment requirements through native Apps!