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!

Emerging Mobile Services

Going over my curated feeds to check out on what opinions prevail about communication services, I came up on two seemingly unconnected news items. For me, it appeared like both the news items were about one common reality – your operator who has runs your mobile network is becoming less and less your mobile service provider!

Unless the operators take some drastic measures, they are likely to cease being addressed by the term “Service Providers” and would be referred to as “Carriers” only, in the future.

Let me explain why…

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From “Whenever” To “In The Moment”

Wishing all my friends and followers a very Happy and Prosperous 2013!

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After the short break, I thought I will start with a post about how partying on New Year’s Eve has changed for me over the years. There is a very significant trend that I see, especially in the way people greet others wishing them luck in the New Year.

But first a look at New Year’s Eve past…

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“SOS Msg 2 911”

I recently read an article about FCC accelerating Text-To-911 services in the US. Four major carriers have apparently signed up to provide this service. I also remembered a similar demand from FCC, around a decade back, for identifying the location of 911 callers on mobile and IP devices.

There are some interesting challenges when it comes to using SMS for emergency requirements, as well as, some compelling use cases. There is potential for some extensions to emergency services too.

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Digitization of Business

Every business tries to improve its performance and deliver better value to its stakeholders. There is a plethora of technologies that are available today, using which organisations try to stay ahead in the race. But there is always the problem of deciding when a technology is good to invest in and if the investment will yield the desired business results.

Besides, in today’s world, there is a range of applications that have been created and used by Enterprises world-over. So, what is new that upcoming technologies will yield?

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Selling 3G In India

Many of us are aware that Indian Service Providers had bid astronomical amounts to obtain 3G spectrum. However, the revenues from 3G services seem not commensurate to this. In fact, some people have started stating that 3G services in India have failed.

I feel that the operators are not trying enough to monetize their investment, although common sense would state that it is unlikely. Let me explain why…

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A highly demanding lifestyle

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Recently, one of our customers was looking out for a solution to identify and throttle certain types of data traffic happening on account of user applications on handsets. The application that was developed as part of a successful developer program involved multimedia content flowing to/from the user’s phone. The bill plan was so lax that a single user had actually transacted Terabytes of data in one month for next to no cost! The customer was looking out for a DPI tool that can help throttle bandwidth for such users without compromising privacy laws of the land. Continue reading