Growing up, one of my Saturday morning indulgences was watching the futuristic life of the Jetsons — featuring elaborate robotic contraptions, flying cars, aliens, holograms, and an assortment of whimsical inventions. Little did I imagine that decades later I’d be interviewing the founder of a company that’s actually trying to build the home of the Jetsons. The other topic explored in this month’s newsletter is the nexus of privacy, security and what we’re willing to give up for convenience.
Market Clarity Newsletter
Imagine a world where literally everything is connected to the Internet, and you have a personal digital avatar that pulls together all of this information in a proactive manner to help you in every aspect of your personal and professional life. This might sound like science fiction, but not only is Bell Labs already working on a digital sixth sense, it may be available as service within 5 years! In this month’s newsletter, we speak with Dr Marcus Weldon (President Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer Alcatel-Lucent), along with Dr Paul Brooks (Layer 10 Advisory).
In this issue we present findings from our latest Future Tech research, including interviews with Dr Dean Economou (Technology Strategist, NICTA) and
Christine Ekman (Co-Founder, Mobile Pulse). Topics include how mobile connectivity is driving massive changes in the automotive industry and the legal and service responsibilities affiliated with wearable healthcare.
In this issue we’re launching our new Future Tech research series, Welcome to the launch of Market Clarity’s Future Tech series where I’ll be speaking with luminaries in research labs, vendor labs, telcos, futurists and others, about cutting edge research on the wide range of gadgets, technologies, and trends that will impact telecom services (and everyone that uses these services). In this issue we’re speaking with John Lindsay (Former CTO, iiNet and Internode) and Narelle Clark (Deputy CEO, ACCAN and President of the Internet Society Australian Chapter).
The world is going increasingly mobile. In 2011 smartphones outsold laptops, and in 2013 numerous analyst firms were predicting that tablets would outsell computers (including desktops and laptops) before the end of the year. So with the obvious rise in popularity of mobile devices and tablets in society as a whole, it was only going to be a matter of time before these devices became increasingly integrated into the business world. In this month’s Newsletter we present: 13 Factors To Consider When Implementing And Managing A Successful BYOD Strategy.
Although small business plays a significant role in the Australian economy, it’s one of the least understood market segments; with little representation vis-à-vis telecommunications service requirements and experiences.
The conventional wisdom is that the main story in Australia’s ISP market is one of consolidation ahead of the NBN. However, a close look at what’s happening in the service provider market reveals a second dynamic at work: many small providers, rather than getting out of the business, appear to be adjusting their business models by expanding their service offerings.
Market Clarity completed a study, Closing the Trans-Tasman Broadband Value Gap – Comparing Prices in Australia and New Zealand, which we have published for free, that compares the value of Australian broadband services to New Zealand services. While Kiwi ISPs have closed the gap between 2010 and 2011, Australian customers can still count themselves relatively fortunate.
The Cost of Mobility: Comparing the Value of Fixed and Mobile Broadband took a benchmark of broadband charges in mid-March. These were analysed to yield a comparative value of services, based on the per-gigabyte price of data volumes on three broadband service types: fixed broadband (ADSL and HFC), post-paid mobile broadband, and pre-paid mobile broadband.
The average Australian broadband user consumes around 15% of his or her broadband allowance, according to a research report just completed by Market Clarity. This year saw the emergence of a surprising business model in broadband services, with the launch of Terabyte (and more recently unlimited) monthly download allowances from providers like TPG, iiNet, iPrimus, Internode, Optus, Adam Internet, Westnet, Dodo … the list goes on.