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Thinking big

The explosion in cloud computing is driving massive demand for real estate, connectivity and power and hulking data centres are being erected in the frozen wilderness to feed this demand. But at the same time a more subtle evolution is taking place: the network has finally become the computer.

The Magic Touch

SIM-based NFC remains the holy grail of mobile payment for cellular operators. The NFC community has its sights set far wider than simple mobile financial services, but it is taking time for the technology to get to market.

Burning a hole in the pocket

In a world where it’s almost too easy to part with your digital currency, innovation has moved on to the contents of the digital wallet.

Getting into position

Operators are renewing their enthusiasm for location as OTT players build their own means of accessing positional information on consumers. Marketing and advertising will be key, and success will be derived from expertise in context, content and customer relationship.

VoLTE will be a game-changer in unified comms

As voice becomes commoditised, carriers are looking for new services, not replacement ones, says Broadsoft CTO Scott Hoffpauir. And voice over LTE (VoLTE) will be the game-changer in a fragmenting market, allowing carriers to utilise an all-IP environment to roll out new and compelling services alongside voice.

A cloudy outlook

Having weathered the economic storm of the last two years, network operators are finally moving into calmer waters, where they are searching eagerly for new revenue opportunities. Leaner and meaner than before, those casting an eye to the horizon will see the cloud coming in.

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