Books I have co-authored

5G in mmWave bands – good enough to render fiber obsolete?

 

There is an abundance of spectrum in the millimeter
Wave bands, but offering “unlimited bandwidth” in 5G still
requires expensive backhaul (and fiber)

The mobile industry has set very aggressive targets for 5G such as: 1-10Gbps delivered connection speed (not theoretical maximum), and 1000x bandwidth per unit area (see my previous article). What will make this possible is the ability to use spectrum in the millimeter wave bands (30-300 GHz), and […]

5G reality check – who wants to pay for 1 millisecond latency?

Pointing toward the future (Ericsson CEO, MWC Barcelona)

 

Bold targets, but is the industry
promising more than it can deliver?

The mobile industry’s vision documents for 5G mobile are promising fantastic leaps in performance over current networks (links below). But as 5G evolves over the coming 10 to 15 years, it will most likely be a repeat of the pattern seen in 3G and 4G mobile.

The first step in the […]

The smartphone makers’ dilemma

Smartphone flagship battle (Apple vs Samsung)

The market for flagship smartphones is the most cut-throat tech market in the world. The stakes are enormous, product life cycles are incredibly short and rivalry is intense. The top ten players are constantly reminded of the fates of fallen giants on this battle field.

The smartphone market is full of contradictions. In some respects, it appears to be a commoditized mass market. At the […]

Millimeter wave transmission – are secretive financial firms leapfrogging 5G and the wireless industry?

Low latency wireless microwave links between financial centers (London-Frankfurt)

Over the last few years, a new breed of specialised service providers have been offering low latency wireless Point-to-Point networks between financial centers. But for the High Frequency Trading (HFT) firms who use these services, fast is not enough. To beat the competition, they want their connection to be faster than everyone else.

Secretive cash rich financial trading firms are already renting […]

Embedded SIMs will take mobility to the next level

SIM Cards, soon to become an outdated technology

 
 

MNOs, fear not. Embedded SIMs will open up new markets and use cases, not destroy the operators

 

Traditional SIM technology has been around for nearly 25 years and the operators view them as a critical control point for customer ownership. Due to the risk of losing the M2M market to competing unlicensed LPWAN technologies (and pressure from strong handset vendors), MNOs […]

Apple don’t understand the luxury market – the $17,000 Apple Watch Edition could damage Apple’s brand

The $17.000 Apple Watch Edition in rose gold

There are two fundamental flaws in the way Apple have positioned the $10,000 to $17,000 Apple Watch Edition. First, a luxury product that will be obsolete after one year contradicts the luxury market’s fundamental logic of permanence and long lasting value. Instead, the Apple Watch Edition risks being perceived as an ostentatious display of money today, and an embarrassingly outdated item after […]

Shady MVNOs damage the mobile market – time for Ofcom to take action

These days, setting up an MVNO is easier than ever. You don’t need to know anything about mobile to become a MVNO player. Nearly all operations can be handled by managed service providers (MVNEs) and the initial Capex is in the range of £500k, but could possibly be as low as £25k.  Low barriers to entry increase competition and put pricing pressure on incumbent operators. Surely this must be a […]

Ahonen’s Rest of Decade forecast for smartphones, tablets etc.

Tomi Ahonen has just released his Rest of Decade forecast for the smartphone and PC market. His prediction is that all phones sold will be smartphones by 2018/2019 and that the low-end dumbphone market will cease to exist. Android will be the dominant platform and the PC market will remain almost flat, though within the PC segment, tablets will almost completely replace traditional PCs, holding a 77% market share by […]

What will happen to webOS after HP’s exit?

Update: According to The Next Web’s internal sources, HP is NOT going to sell or shut webOS down, just the underperforming hardware device division. HP communicated this in a clumsy way which gave the erroneous impression that webOS was dead or for sale. HP’s plan seems to be to license webOS to hardware partners. But if HP is going to sell their PC division, they can’t force the […]

WebOS’s new life as HP’s Trojan horse

webOS from HP/Palm on different screens

The Google/Motorola deal suddenly makes it relevant to take a closer look at the other OS platforms on the market. Most industry observers in the mobile space have already written off HP/Palm’s webOS as a dead platform. From a smartphone perspective, this is obvious at first sight. With two percent of smartphone users in their only market (US), negligible global sales, and a thin […]

How cross-platform tools can end the OS wars

This article has previously been published on VisionMobile’s blog.

 
The Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone platform battle has been the talk of the industry for the last year. But the market share battle between handset platforms might not be as critical for the industry as many believe.

A popular view in the industry is that the market is inevitably moving towards an Apple-Google duopoly. Apple’s app store has […]

Exorbitant data roaming as an n-person Prisoner’s Dilemma

One of the major hurdles for further growth of mobile data services, and LBS in particular, is the exorbitant data traffic fees customers incur when using their phones abroad.

Corporate users can pretend that the service is free but their employers certainly notice if the mobile Net bill is larger than the hotel bill. In the private market segment, price sensitivity is much higher. Prices have to come down for this […]

The Blackberry Playbook will be a gaming platform – the writing is on the tablet

Blackberry Playbook

An abbreviated version of this article has previously been
published on the Technorati Technology Channel.

Now that the Blackberry Playbook has been released it is fairly obvious that RIM is putting the building blocks in place for a future positioning of the Playbook as a gaming platform, most likely in their next model. After sifting through the last few week’s industry chatter and reviews of the Playbook it […]

The HTML5 hype – time for a reality check

The hype created by the promise of HTML5 has almost reached fever pitch during the last quarter. With HTML5/CSS3 it will be possible to run most types of applications directly in the “browser” and the need to install apps that execute native code will be a thing of the past. HTML5 can run from a cache in your smartphone/tablet/PC even if you are offline and the app can access the […]

The Nokia Microsoft marriage: what was Elop thinking?

A week after the Nokia press conference last Friday, the industry still seems to be very conflicted about its view of the alliance. After reading most of the industry comments, I still can’t wrap my head around all the implications and come to a clear-cut conclusion. The pessimists view it as a disaster that will destroy Nokia and as a huge win for Microsoft/Windows Phone. The slightly more optimistic view […]