Pyramid Points

  • Telefónica announced the evolution of its IoT Portal for SMEs that promises to accelerate the adoption of IoT solutions among SMEs 15 March 2016 Telefónica announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 the evolution of its IoT Portal aimed at the SME segment, based on its existing IoT Partner Programme (IPP) portal. The IoT Portal will provide access to an ecosystem of more than 700 IoT partners and bundled IoT connectivity solutions. It also offers information about news and events related to the IoT arena. Registered SMEs will be abl…
  • Operators are leveraging technological partnerships to have a much broader role in the IoT smart home value chain 15 March 2016 Multiple Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions for the residential market were presented by leading telcos at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year, each boasting partnerships that enable telcos to develop local ecosystems to fulfill all of the components of the value chain. Telefonica announced its partnership with Huawei to leverage its Smart Home cloud-based platform to deploy an end-to-end s…
  • Regulatory hurdles loom large in the way of a potential Telefonica-DirecTV Latin America deal 29 January 2016 The full acquisition of DirecTV Latin America would bump Telefonica ahead of long-time rival America Movil in the region’s pay-TV space. However, the deal would most certainly face regulatory hurdles due to competition concerns. Recently AT&T’s CEO said that the company may consider selling its recently-acquired DirecTV assets in Latin American markets. The executive expressed that, although …
  • Mobile broadband will gain momentum in Ukraine, offering significant growth opportunities 30 October 2015 The recently granted 3G spectrum bands and a 4G auction planned for 2017 will drive the development and adoption of mobile data services in Ukraine over the next five years. In February 2015, the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR) issued 3G spectrum bands to MTS Ukraine, Kyivstar and life:). Prior to that, Ukrtelecom’s mobile division, TriMo…
  • Five factors impacting the Saudi enterprise ICT market 01 October 2015 Saudi Arabia has the largest telecommunications market and the largest IT market within the Middle East. A significant component of this ICT market is the enterprise segment. Towards 2020, Pyramid Research has identified five overarching factors which can impact the growth of the enterprise ICT service market in the country.    1. Public sector spend The public sector constitutes a significant …
  • The UK enters consolidation phase with healthy trends across the fixed, pay-TV and mobile markets. 10 September 2015 Q2 2015 operator results confirmed the positive momentum of the UK market, which is one of the healthiest in Europe in terms of customer and ARPU trends.  The ongoing consolidation and possible regulatory remedies will change competitive dynamics over the next few years and will likely reinforce a household-centric proposition. However, Pyramid Research expects the focus to remain predominantly o…
  • Banking the unbanked: Mobile operators are key to fostering financial inclusion in Latin American countries with underdeveloped financial systems 25 August 2015 While some countries are prepared for emerging mobile payment solutions from device makers and online companies, others rely on mobile operators.  Several Latin American countries have the elements in place to drive the adoption of mobile payment (m-payment) solutions: a vast population still underserved by formal financial services, high penetration rates of mobile subscriptions and an increasin…
  • From m-money to m-banking: The evolution of mobile financial services in Africa 25 August 2015 On a continent where few have access to a physical bank and millions are unbanked, m-money has proven transformative in the way it has democratized access to financial services. At the end of 2014, 255 m-money services were operating in 89 different countries worldwide according to the GSMA. Among them 53%, or 135 of the services, were in sub-Saharan Africa. In the region, 81% of countries have m-…
  • Social commerce in Asia-Pacific: Mobile-first users evolve new e-commerce business models 25 August 2015 Mobile-centric consumers have transformed the region’s e-commerce landscape, evolving new business models based on m-payments, OTT & social media.  Asia-Pacific is increasingly a mobile-first region, and this is evidenced in e-commerce trends across the region.  Coupang, one of Korea’s premier online shopping destinations, saw 71% of traffic come from mobile devices in 2014, translating to $…
  • Social commerce in Asia-Pacific driven by mobile-first users 25 August 2015 Mobile-centric consumers have transformed the region’s e-commerce landscape, evolving new business models based on m-payments, OTT & social media.  Asia-Pacific is increasingly a mobile-first region, and this is evidenced in e-commerce trends across the region. Coupang, one of Korea’s premier online shopping destinations, saw 71% of traffic come from mobile devices in 2014, translating to $1…