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Metric of the Month: Service Desk Cost per Ticket | HDI
North America

Cost per ticket: $15.56 avg
Cost per minute of handle time: avg $1.60
techstuff  technology  tech-support  metrics  commerce  business 
march 2019 by pierredv
Why the end of cash could cause a new data disaster | New Scientist, Aug 2018
"The convenience of card and mobile payments means cash use is in freefall globally. But we haven't thought through the consequences of an all-digital world."

"But the use of cash is in free fall. According to trade association UK Finance, fewer payments will be made with cash than by debit card in the UK for the first time in 2018. The proportion of cash payments in the UK dropped from 62 per cent of transactions in 2006 to 40 per cent in 2016, and is projected to fall to just 21 per cent in 2026 (see “Money down the drain”)."

"Despite negative interest rates, cash use is falling unusually rapidly in Sweden: the proportion of cash payments declined from 39 per cent in 2010 to 13 per cent in 2018. About 60 per cent of Swedes already use a mobile app called Swish that allows people to instantly transfer money between different bank accounts just by tapping in a phone number."
NewScientist  economics  commerce  finance  blockchain  money 
december 2018 by pierredv
Commercial space bill clears Senate committee - SpaceNews.com Aug 2018
"The Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill Aug. 1 that would streamline commercial launch and remote sensing regulations but also includes language conflicting with a House bill. The committee favorably reported S. 3277, the Space Frontier Act of 2018, on a voice vote without any members speaking out against it. "

"The revised version leaves in place a section that gives the Department of Transportation, though the Federal Aviation Administration, the ability to use the payload review portion of the launch licensing process to authorize non-traditional space activities that are not overseen by other agencies. "

"The second [approved amendment], by Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), calls on the U.S. government to develop “consistent standards across Federal agencies” to minimize the risks posed by orbital debris. "
SpaceNews  legislation  space  commerce  orbital-debris 
august 2018 by pierredv
Senate introduces bill to streamline commercial space regulations - SpaceNews.com, Jul 2018
"Three senators introduced legislation July 25 to reform commercial space regulations, including a provision that conflicts with language in a bill passed by the House. The Space Frontier Act, S. 3277, primarily focuses on reforms to regulation of commercial launches and remote sensing. It includes language calling for streamlining of processes for licensing launches and reentries as well as for licensing remote sensing spacecraft."

"Many of the bill’s provisions are in line both with Space Policy Directive (SPD) 2, signed by President Trump in May, and the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, a bill that the House approved in April. "

"The Senate, though, differs with the House and the White House in one area, authorization of so-called “non-traditional” commercial space activities... The House bill gives that authority to the Commerce Department while SPD-2 endorsed more generally the creation of a “one-stop shop” for most commercial space regulations in that department. The Senate bill, though, would give that authority to the FAA, though the Department of Transportation."

"The Senate bill does have the support of the leadership of the House Transportation Committee."
SpaceNews  legislation  space  commerce  FAA  DoC 
july 2018 by pierredv
Telesat comes out against C-band proposal, girds for spectrum fight - SpaceNews.com May 2018
"Fleet operator Telesat, originally undecided about a joint-use spectrum plan put forward by Intelsat, Intel and SES, is turning against the plan because of how participants would be compensated."

“As it stands, unless we can be persuaded that these proceeds are in fact going to be distributed in an equitable way, we are going to oppose this and will oppose it vigorously,” Goldberg said during a May 3 earnings call.

"Telesat’s biggest growth initiative is the preparation of a constellation of 117 low-Earth orbiting satellites for high-speed global broadband services. The first, a prototype from Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, is in orbit to test technologies and service provision ahead of a larger constellation. Goldberg declined to estimate the total cost of the constellation, ..."

"Even with those resources, Goldberg said Telesat will likely need additional investors or partners to realize the constellation."
SpaceNews  Telesat  satellite  Intelsat  Intel  SES  NGSO  LEO  commerce 
may 2018 by pierredv
OneWeb shifts first launch to year’s end - SpaceNews.com May 2018
"OneWeb has shifted the debut launch for its satellite egaconstellation to the fourth quarter of the year.

The startup’s first launch of 10 satellites aboard an Arianespace Soyuz rocket was scheduled for this month, but was pushed out toward the end of the year to allow for more testing and to incorporate improved components in the final spacecraft design."

"OneWeb is building the first 900 satellites of its constellation through a joint venture with Airbus called OneWeb Satellites. "

"The company still expects to begin service in 2019, starting with the first few hundred spacecraft. "

"Wyler estimated there might be a two month gap between the first launch and the rest of the launch campaign, which consists of a Soyuz launch every 21 days."

"Wyler said OneWeb’s first generation satellites have “actually beat our plans,” on mass, weighing in at around 145 kilograms each instead of the projected 150 kilograms.

“We are at about 14.5 kilograms per Gbps [implying 10 Gbps/satellite]. Each satellite is about the same performance as the satellites I designed for O3b, yet we are putting nine times as many on a rocket,” he said. "
SpaceNews  OneWeb  launch  deployment  commerce 
may 2018 by pierredv
Lower Barriers to Entry in the Satcom Market, and What that Means for the Incumbents - Via Satellite - Apr 2018
"industry is undergoing a period of rapid change, including an erosion of the high barriers to entry that satcom has seen historically."

1) Massive increase in possible throughput on a satellite, without a massive increase in cost ... While Global IP’s satellite price is not known publicly, it would be in the low hundreds of millions of dollars

2) An increase in variety of funding sources ... easy financing for Chinese-built satellites

3) General decrease in costs

China is expected to continue to push satellites as broadband infrastructure along the Belt and Road Initiative countries
ViaSatellite  satellite  commerce  business  satcom 
april 2018 by pierredv
Companies, lawyers argue against changing Outer Space Treaty - SpaceNews.com May 2017
Commercial space companies and space law experts recommended against any changes in the Outer Space Treaty at a recent hearing, arguing regulatory issues can be better addressed through laws and regulations.
SpaceNews  OuterSpaceTreaty  space  commerce  law 
april 2018 by pierredv
LEO and MEO broadband constellations mega source of consternation - SpaceNews.com Mar 2018
"the rush to HTS is driving down bandwidth prices so fast that some fairly low-mileage satellites are struggling to keep up."

“At the moment there is a potential scramble for who is going to be the third player between Telesat, LeoSat and SpaceX,” said Farrar. “It’s probably going to be clear in the next 12 months which of those is out ahead.”

"Perhaps the biggest variable in calculating demand is figuring out what consumers will have to pay for the user terminal—the receiver and antennas customers will use to connect to the constellation."

"Farrar is among analysts who doubt consumer broadband will be the biggest application for LEO constellations. Bridging the digital divide is a laudable goal, but backhaul — using satellites to help cellular networks to increase coverage and improve service — is an early market they can dominate with or without cheap antennas."
SpaceNews  NGSO  LEO  MEO  GEO  HTS  broadband  satellite  Tim-Farrar  Armand-Musey  NSR  antennas  Kymeta  Phasor  commerce  trends 
march 2018 by pierredv
Commerce Department pressing ahead with commercial space regulatory reform - SpaceNews.com Mar 2018
"Wilbur Ross said he has support within his own department, and elsewhere in government, to start enacting reforms that would make the department a “one-stop shop” for most commercial space regulatory activities."

"A House bill introduced last year, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, proposes some commercial remote sensing regulatory reforms, while the Senate is working on its version of commercial space legislation. The Senate effort is led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the space subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee."
space  SpaceNews  DoC  NOAA  commerce  legislation  Wilbur-Ross 
march 2018 by pierredv
Are you ready for 5G? | McKinsey & Company, Feb 2018
"Smart operators will consider seven no-regrets moves to position themselves for advantage amid radically changing industry dynamics."
1. Develop 5G offers
2. Plan at the micromarket level
3. Rethink network deployment and operations
4. Consider sharing the cost
5. Secure access to key resources
6. Work closely with regulatory authorities
7. Develop a comprehensive spectrum strategy

Critiques of 4 use cases

1. "Enhanced mobile broadband ... wireless data prices are falling and growth in demand can be met in other ways (for example, densification of LTE networks and Wi-Fi off-loading). Another hurdle is that constant connectivity—a must-have for mobile broadband—will be severely limited for high-band 5G due to propagation losses at higher frequencies."

2. "Internet of Things ... average IoT revenues will be a fraction of those for mobile broadband because of low usage. Moreover, 5G will have to compete against other technologies, such as Wi-Fi and Zigbee."

3. "Mission-critical control ... as with IoT, operators can expect the associated revenue to be incremental at best."

4. "Fixed wireless access ... could represent a truly new revenue stream for wireless operators, but typically only in areas where consumers don’t already have access to fiber to the home and DOCSIS 3.0/3.1 cable broadband."

Conclusion: "the economics, business model, and ability to monetize these use cases at scale in the near term to justify a nationwide rollout of 5G in any country today remain unclear"
McKinsey  5G  critique  trends  commerce  business-models  strategy 
february 2018 by pierredv
National Space Council Pushes for New Commercial Regulations - Via Satellite - Feb 2018
1. "under the new regulations the Department of Transportation would require a single license for all types of launch and re-entry vehicle operations. "

2. "the Department of Commerce would create a new role, an Under Secretary of Space Commerce, who would be responsible for all commercial space regulatory functions. This Secretary would work alongside the Secretaries of State and Defense, as well as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the NASA administrator to address new issues such as radio frequency spectrum surveys, rendezvous and proximity operations, and docking maneuvers."

3. "(NTIA) to coordinate with the FCC to “ensure protection and stewardship” of spectrum necessary for commercial space activities"

4. "the Executive Secretary of the National space Council will initiate a policy review of “the current export licensing regulations affecting commercial space activity.”"
NationalSpaceCouncil  space  commerce  regulations  ViaSatellite 
february 2018 by pierredv
As Elon Musk antagonized rival, the space industry battled over who will host a cocktail reception for the vice president - The Washington Post, Feb 2018
“Ahead of the second meeting of the White House’s National Space Council in Florida next week, a consortium of upstart entrepreneurial companies known as the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which includes SpaceX, decided to host a reception for members of the council . . . . But when the groups representing some of the more traditional space contractors, such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin, caught wind of the party, they complained to the White House, which agreed that they, too, should host the reception.”

The party “is now being hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, as well as the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.”
WashingtonPost  space  commerce 
february 2018 by pierredv
Chinese Satellite Industry to Disrupt Markets Across Eurasia - Via Satellite -
"Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) China Satcom Markets (CSM) report finds a Chinese satellite industry primed to take a larger share of the global satcom market through attractive one-stop-shop offerings, aggressive growth plans and enhanced exports. For Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) High Throughput Satellites (HTS) alone, NSR forecasts Chinese state-owned companies to manufacture and launch more than 800 Gbps of capacity by 2026, with much of this coming over Southeast Asia, East Asia, and South Asia."

"According to NSR, since the end of the Cold War, the satellite and space industry has been a duopoly between the United States and European Union (EU), with other players such as Russia, Japan, and now India playing a secondary role. At some point soon, however, it appears likely China will assume a position as a top-tier space nation globally, with significant ramifications for the satellite telecoms industry."
ViaSatellite  China  NSR  satellite  business  commerce  geopolitics 
february 2018 by pierredv
What is the Future for Mobile Network Operators? CircleID - Paul Budde, Jan 2018
"We have seen the fixed telecom operators slowly being pushed back into the infrastructure utility market.

"Mobile networks are moving in that same direction — that is, the largest part of their network will be a utility, with currently two, three or four mobile infrastructure providers per country and little economic sense for overbuilding the basic infrastructure, the industry is facing serious problems."

"So a convergence is taking place. Increasingly the backbone networks for the mobile operators will mimic the fixed ones, and there will be little room for duplication of these networks. So wireless will increasingly be a retail element rather than a basic network.

"These changes are already reflected in the evaluation of some of the mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile tower operators. Those of the MNOs are going down while those of the tower operators are going up. This is a clear indication of where the financial market sees the market moving to."

" A holistic approach will be needed instead of one that is aimed at protecting a sharp divide between mobile and fixed networks."
CircleID  opinion  mobile  cellular  commerce  broadband 
january 2018 by pierredv
NOAA sees great promise and challenges in using data from small satellite constellations - SpaceNews.com
"As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looks ahead, the agency sees great promise in the observation capabilities of small satellite constellations but also significant challenges in terms of buying, validating and using the various types of data they provide."

"NOAA is concerned, for example, about whether data products from small satellite constellations will be available over the long-term and if so, whether prices will remain stable or fluctuate over time. ... Another significant challenge NOAA faces is in buying commercial satellite data while maintaining its commitment to sharing data freely with international partners, customers and researchers."

"Through its Commercial Weather Data Pilot program, NOAA is investigating the merits of small satellite data. The agency began by purchasing GPS radio occultation data and is in the early planning stages of a similar effort to purchase microwave sounding data and in the “pre-planning stage” of buying infrared radiometry data."
SpaceNews  meteorology  NOAA  space  space-commercialization  commerce 
january 2018 by pierredv
Orbital ATK Is Under White House Pressure for Foreign Purchase of Propellant - WSJ
Per Jeff Foust email: "Orbital ATK is enmeshed in a dispute with government officials about foreign purchases of solid propellant. The company purchased several thousand tons of ammonium perchlorate from a French company at a lower price than the sole U.S. provider, American Pacific, to see if it is suitable for use in missiles and launch vehicles. That move has been criticized by some White House officials, who believe it damages the overall defense industrial base. American Pacific argues it needs multiyear purchase guarantees to operate efficiently, and has the support of Scott Pace, executive secretary of the National Space Council. Orbital ATK, meanwhile, is studying developing its own ammonium perchlorate plant for long-term savings. [Wall Street Journal]"
WSJ  space  OrbitalATK  commerce  defense 
january 2018 by pierredv
Elon Musk, SpaceX, and NASA: Who Gets to Own Outer Space? - The Ringer
Via Jeff Foust

"Right now, private companies and NASA have a nice, functional, symbiotic capitalist relationship. SpaceX and its competitors build and will soon operate the vehicles, while NASA pays for the service. But with Elon Musk’s eyes tilted toward Mars, that won’t last for long."

“For the rest of the world, they look at the United States and go, ‘Holy crap, look at the U.S. industrial base, which had multiple private space companies pop up out of nowhere,’” Dreier said. “That is a sign of a very healthy aerospace industry and workforce.”
quotations  space  US  commerce  innovation  SpaceX  NASA  Boeing  OrbitalATK  NewSpace 
january 2018 by pierredv
The NewSpace Global 2017 SmallSat Report | NewSpace Global
"The NewSpace Global 2017 SmallSat Report covers 400+ entities; $7Bln of investment and 800 SmallSats. In addition, NSG Analysts tackle the ancillary companies and markets that are positioning themselves to profit from this inevitable explosion in growth in the next few years: e.g. data analytics, IoT, autonomous vehicles, orbital debris removal and tracking. We also examine the increasingly important surge in SmallSat dedicated vehicles seeking to capture global launch demand"
consultants  analysts  NewSpace  satellite  commerce  forecast 
november 2017 by pierredv
November/December 2017 - RSCC Exec Doubts Success of New Constellations | Via Satellite Oct 2017
[RSCC Director General Yuri] Prokhorov is concerned that the industry is dashing headlong into an unknown market where the Return on Investment (ROI) could be far from guaranteed. “When I talk personally to these executives who are developing these new systems and I ask questions related to frequency coordination, and ask about the customer equipment and business plans, I do not receive clear answers to some simple questions. But these are critical questions. So now I start to doubt the profitability and viability of these systems. Are they commercially viable or not? For us it seems like the LEO system cannot provide an ROI in the short term,” he comments.

...

Given these comments and talk of “unhealthy hype” around these new constellations, I ask Prokhorov directly whether he thinks a company like OneWeb will succeed. “We still don’t know where the market is, and that is the main issue,” he says. “I might say there are many executives of satellite operators which have a lot of capacity in GEO, and they can provide services right now, and much cheaper than LEO or MEO constellations. OneWeb may be relevant in two years, but it isn’t now?”
SatelliteToday  GEO  LEO  commerce 
october 2017 by pierredv
Drones—what are they good for? - Economist Technology Quarterly June 2017
"Today’s drones are mostly flying cameras. They are already being put to a wide range of business uses"

Industries discussed
= agriculture
= construction and related industries
= mining and aggregates - supply chain
= "inspection of buildings and other infrastructure, such as pipelines, wind turbines, electrical pylons, solar farms and offshore platforms"

"So the industry has been pursuing the idea of “reality capture”, using technology to measure buildings precisely during construction and track the use of raw materials on site to ensure that everything is going according to plan. Drones are ideally suited to the task. Thousands of aerial photographs are crunched into a 3D site model, accurate to within a few centimetres, called a “point cloud”, which can be compared with the digital model of the building. And safety worries that hamper the use of drones in other fields are kept to a minimum because construction sites are closed areas, workers wear hard hats, and drones fly within line of sight."

"A single drone flight can generate as much as 100 gigabytes of data, says Anil Nanduri of Intel. Airware, which is working with large insurance companies in Europe and America, has developed a system that handles the whole process."
TheEconomist  drones  UAS  commerce 
june 2017 by pierredv
BYO phones: How to take your phone to another carrier and save money - WhistleOut
"Taking your phone between networks in the US can be a tricky business, but well worth it. If you’ve got a handset that you’re still happy with, but want to ditch your current carrier, keeping your old device instead of buying a new smartphone on a contract can result in huge savings.

Read on to figure out if you can keep your phone and, in turn, save a bunch of cash with BYO Phone Plans."
cellular  commerce  BYO 
april 2017 by pierredv
Hester & Cook - Stationery
Sells Vicki Sawyer cards, e.g. "The Badger Sisters", and coloring book
commerce  stationery  Vicki-Sawyer  design  cards 
august 2016 by pierredv
FAA Announces Commercial Drone Rules - IEEE Spectrum
if you’re making money with your drone—by taking pictures or videos with it or whatever—and it weights less than 25 kg but more than 0.25 kg, these are the rules that with apply to you
IEEE-Spectrum  FAA  drones  rules  regulations  commerce 
july 2016 by pierredv
Borden Radio Company - Radio Kits and Designs for Old and New Styles
"These radios were essentially crystal sets that used blue razor blades for detectors because crystals were almost impossible to obtain under the conditions the G.I.s faced in those days. In the early 1940s, tube type portable radios were fairly large and used short-lived, expensive batteries that would have been hard to find in the field. Also, the Germans had sensitive, radio direction finders that could pick up the local oscillators of superheterodyne portable receivers. They could use these devices to �home in� on the locations of the Allied emplacements in order to direct artillery and aircraft fire. "
"Many of the G.I.s were radio hobbyists before the war and they had the knowledge to make simple radios out of junk they found around them. Many of them knew that materials other than crystals could be used to detect radio waves. Headsets, wire, screws, and washers could be scrounged off of blown-up vehicles. Pieces of board came from ammo and supply boxes. Toilet paper tubes were usually available for use as coil forms and it was easy to find pencils and safety pins. The word got around through the "grape vine" and many soldiers made these radios even if they didn't understand how they worked. The Nazi Propaganda Ministry, oversaw the operation of powerful broadcast stations that targeted the U.S. Forces with American Swing music, such as the popular Glenn Miller, and of course, there was the infamous Axis Sally. The music was good on these stations and it wasn't hard to ignore the Nazi propaganda. If one were really lucky, he would be able to get the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Service. This network carried many popular shows, news, sports, and music from back home - and in English to boot!"
radio  kit  commerce  crystal  history  WorldWarII  propaganda 
june 2016 by pierredv
Business in America: Too much of a good thing - Economist, Briefing Apr 2016
"Profits are too high. America needs a giant dose of competition"
Their prescription: "It would aim to unleash a burst of competition to shake up the comfortable incumbents of America Inc. It would involve a serious effort to remove the red tape and occupational-licensing schemes that strangle small businesses and deter new entrants. It would examine a loosening of the rules that give too much protection to some intellectual-property rights. It would involve more active, albeit cruder, antitrust actions. It would start a more serious conversation about whether it makes sense to have most of the country’s data in the hands of a few very large firms. It would revisit the entire issue of corporate lobbying, which has become a key mechanism by which incumbent firms protect themselves."
TheEconomist  usa  commerce  competition 
april 2016 by pierredv
Business in America: The problem with profits - Economist, Leader, Apr 2016
"Big firms in the United States have never had it so good. Time for more competition"
“Most of the remedies dangled by politicians to solve America’s economic woes would make things worse. ... Better to unleash a wave of competition. The first step is to take aim at cosseted incumbents. Modernising the antitrust apparatus would help. Mergers that lead to high market share and too much pricing power still need to be policed. But firms can extract rents in many ways.… The second step is to make life easier for startups and small firms.”
TheEconomist  usa  competition  commerce  opinion 
april 2016 by pierredv
Store — Flyte
"FLYTE is a levitating light which hovers by magnetic levitation and is powered through the air. With FLYTE, we've set the light bulb free."
light  commerce  design 
february 2016 by pierredv
Blockchain startups promises a world where no one is in charge - New Scientist 12 Sep 2015
"The decentralised technology behind bitcoin is creeping out into the real world. The possibilities could change the way society is run" Mentions of various startups: Ethereum, Augur, Etherplan, “Historically we’ve automated the workers, now we’re automating the bosses.” -- Stephan Tual of Ethereum "We’re building up this infrastructure where our core concerns are more and more irrelevant because they cannot be captured by software." --- Florian Glatz, a lawyer and consultant to blockchain start-ups
bitcoin  law  work  employment  commerce  Ethereum  quotations 
november 2015 by pierredv
Graffiti Books
Afrikaanse boekwinkel in Jhb; verskeep internasionaal
Afrikaans  books  commerce  South-Africa 
august 2015 by pierredv
Datacoup - Reclaim your personal data
"Unlock the Value of Your Personal Data - Introducing the world's first personal data marketplace" via Linda Doyle, Oct 2014
data  data-market  commerce  privacy 
october 2014 by pierredv
How will mobile operators meet the cost of providing data? = PolicyTracker Jun 2013
"Moore's Law estimates that processing speeds double every 18 months to two years. What implications does this have for mobile operators' business models?"
PolicyTracker  cellular  commerce  businessmodels 
september 2014 by pierredv
Republic Wireless - plans
via Paul Margie; recommends CEO for SFC keynotes. Sell cellphones $5/mo with Wi-Fi only
Wi-Fi  cellular  commerce 
june 2014 by pierredv
Google Searches for Role in App Age - online.wsj.com Mar 2014
"As Smartphones Undercut Traditional Web Browsing, New Tack Is Needed for Ads" "Its name has become a verb meaning "to search," but as users shift to mobile devices, Google Inc. is suddenly faced with the threat that its search engine—and its advertising business—are becoming less relevant." "In response, Google in the fall launched an initiative to better see—and direct—what smartphone and tablet users do on their devices. The effort seeks to mimic what Google built on the Web, with an index of the content inside mobile apps and links pointing to that content featured in Google's search results on smartphones." "Facebook is ahead of Google with this type of advertising." "Besides encouraging app downloads, Facebook is now betting that it can get users to "re-engage" with apps they already have on their device. In October it launched "mobile app ads for engagement" that allow app developers to buy deep links pointing back to apps users have already installed"
WSJ  Google  apps  commerce  advertizing 
march 2014 by pierredv
Who's Paying For Your Free Airport Wi-Fi? - Forbes
"The rest of the country is finally catching up, with more than 90% of the biggest 150 U.S. airports offering a free or “freemium” Internet connection last year, according to research by wireless software company Devicescape. Last year three of the biggest holdouts–the New York-area airports John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark–offered free Wi-Fi almost half of the time."
Wi-Fi  commerce  Boingo  airports 
january 2014 by pierredv
What happened when Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary went on Twitter for live Q&A? He crash-landed spectacularly - Home News - UK - The Independent
"The combative CEO seemed unaware that his inappropriate response to one of the first questioners – a woman – would be seen by everyone as critics lined up to fire shots at airline's ill-prepared and inappropriate boss"
twitter  fail  Ryanair  socialmedia  commerce 
october 2013 by pierredv
Research and Markets: Global Outdoor Wi-Fi Market Report 2013-2018 - Estimated CAGR of 15.8% | Reuters
Per Research and Markets ((http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fcc3ph/outdoor_wifi) the global outdoor Wi-Fi market revenue is forecast to reach $37.2 billion in 2018 from $15.41 billion in 2013, at an estimated CAGR of 15.8% during this period.
trends  market  forecast  hotspots  Wi-Fi  commerce 
september 2013 by pierredv
Big Law Firms in Trouble: When the Money Dries Up | New Republic Jul 2013
"“Stable” is not the way anyone would describe a legal career today. In the past decade, twelve major firms with more than 1,000 partners between them have collapsed entirely. The surviving lawyers live in fear of suffering a similar fate, driving them to ever-more humiliating lengths to edge out rivals for business."
compensation  law  employment  businessmodels  crisis  commerce 
july 2013 by pierredv
Help for LTE: Wi-Fi benefits and challenges for mobile operators - Insight - News | Analysys Mason Jul 2013
Nearly 70% of fixed and mobile operators we surveyed have deployed Wi-Fi to meet the data consumption and service requirements of their customers, yet most operators are finding it difficult to create a compelling business case for Wi-Fi.1 However, as the role for Wi-Fi in a mobile network becomes clearer, the monetisation options are becoming clearer as well... Wi-fi plays 4 key roles: = capacity and coverage extension = supplementary wireless data services = roaming support = service and brand differentiation "Monetisation options are largely limited to direct user charging, location-based services or charging the venue operator, sponsored content and retail partnering with stores such as Starbucks. We expect future monetisation options to include selling insight about Wi-Fi users' behaviour and usage as well as direct marketing activities such as couponing and tie-ins to loyalty programmes by retailers."
monetization  cellular  AnalysysMason  LTE  Wi-Fi  commerce 
july 2013 by pierredv
“Wholesale Transfer Pricing” and the “Free Parking” Business Model | 25iq
"As part of the discussion of my previous post on the “free parking” business model, a reader asked for a blog post on “wholesale transfer pricing.” The rise of free parking as a business model has made wholesale transfer pricing more important than ever. Wholesale transfer pricing power is a term I heard John Malone use in a conference room circa 1995.  You won’t find the term in textbooks.  Simply put: Wholesale transfer pricing =  the bargaining power of company A that supplies a unique product XYZ to Company B which may enable company A to take the profits of company B by increasing the wholesale price of XYZ."
Tren  Griffin  economics  commerce 
june 2013 by pierredv
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