Market sectors

Here are some of the market sectors where we hold significant commercial and technical experience and knowledge:

Wireline telcos: Both traditional TDM technologies and in particular the range of the IP technologies, standards and services that fall into the category of Next Generation Networks (NGN). Many of these have been covered extensively in the TechnologyInside blog. Of particular interest are QoS issues, carrier Ethernet services and most NGN and OSS issues - there are so many alternatives.

Internet services and applications:
Not only Internet network technologies that would be used by ISPs to deliver Internet services, but also services delivered on the Internet including Web 2.0 applications. The challenge is how to make sufficient revenue to survive and do you base your business on advertising revenue or subscriptions - or perhaps both? Of particular interest are VPNs, IPTV and VoIP services.

Mobile operators:
Mobile operators are moving more and more into delivering data services based on new standards such as HSDPA and building data backbones to interconnect operating companies and provide in-house connectivity for their data services.

Mobile services: There are a tremendous number of new 'mobile Internet' services and applications becoming available on mobile phones now that mobile phones are really maturing in terms of Internet connectivity and usability. The challenge is for 3rd party application providers to create sufficient revenue to thrive. How will  these broadband mobile data services fare against Wi-Fi?

Wireless operators: Wi-Fi operators are deploying ever more infrastructure often on a city-wide basis. The challenge, of course, is develop services that will ramp up revenue services to help pay for their significant infrastructure spends. Wi-Fi access is still proving to be very expensive when users expect it to be free. And, how many companies does an individual need to sign up with to get comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage?

Semiconductor components: Particular interest is taken in working with semiconductor companies to bring end-market expertise to their market plans. Developing complex chips is an expensive and long task and putting all the 'eggs in one basket' by 'betting' on the uptake of a particular technology can prove to be extremely risky.

Software: No matter what the software sector and end market (specially applicable to telecommunications Operational Support Software ) it is very difficult to bring a business to market these days using a traditional licensing approach. Of course, software is alive and well and very the future of most industries; commercializing it today's challenge for smaller companies.

Software as a service or Cloud Computing: SaaS and Cloud Computing are the latest names for providing software applications located on servers on the Internet or a private network. Originally called Application Service Providers (ASP) in the 90s, the concept failed then because Internet connectivity was not reliable enough for businesses to rely on it. Many would say things have not changed - but they will.