Fright Night 2014: Misunderstood Service Provider Opportunities – Part Two (WiFi)

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

Summary Bullets:

  • The Wireless Broadband Alliance’s Wi-Fi Global Congress, earlier this month, provided a view into new carrier WiFi business models and opportunities.
  • Too much of the focus, however, remains on WiFi as little more than an access technology.

Take a moment to think about horror movie sequels. Their charm (for those who find them charming) generally lies in the fact that they’re new movies, but at the same time very familiar. You knew Jason Vorhees would return for Friday the 13th Part 2. You knew he’d still be wearing his hockey mask. You knew the kids he was tormenting would continue to do stupid things that ultimately got many of them killed. And yet, you also knew that the plot would be new in some (however minor) way.

The same holds true for my thinking about the business opportunities that seem to be getting ignored. In a previous post, I kicked off this discussion by talking about misperceptions and missed opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. The discussion of missed opportunities around WiFi is fundamentally different from the IoT discussion… yet the basic storyline is fundamentally the same. Continue reading “Fright Night 2014: Misunderstood Service Provider Opportunities – Part Two (WiFi)”

Fright Night 2014: Misunderstood Service Provider Opportunities – Part One (IoT)

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

Summary Bullets:

  • In many conversations about the Internet of Things (IoT), operators play a central role – supplying the connectivity layer and (sometimes) broader end-to-end IoT solutions.
  • Where operators are left out of the broader IoT discussion, in spite of their efforts and assets, they need to ask “why.” So do their vendors.

Halloween is just over a week away. While many people get much more excited about the day after Halloween (you know, when all that pumpkin-shaped candy becomes suddenly cheaper), just as many relish the idea of taking some time to focus on all the things that scare them. Haunted houses. Spiders. Zombies. That pile of unpaid bills you’ve been ignoring for weeks. It truly is the one time of the year when you can revel in everything frightening. Continue reading “Fright Night 2014: Misunderstood Service Provider Opportunities – Part One (IoT)”