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Delivering the digital future: telecoms operators' role in the digital economy

Tom Rebbeck Research Director, Operator business services and IoT

"The development of the digital economy will create new business and revenue-generating opportunities, almost all involving connectivity in one form or another."

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Delivering the digital future telecoms operators' role in the digital economyTelecoms operators are unclear what role they can and should play in the digital economy. This collection of articles explores some of Analysys Mason's most recent thinking on the digital economy and the positioning of telecoms operators.

A central message in these articles is that the traditional telecoms model of owning and controlling a service end to end is unlikely to be applicable to new services. Telecoms operators need to explore new ways of working that involve a greater degree of partnership and collaboration.

All of this is not to say that radical transformation is required. The traditional core telecoms business will continue to be a solid, mostly profitable and gently growing market. If nothing else, most new digital economy services rely on connectivity bought from telecoms operators. However, the developments in the digital economy provide the opportunity for telecoms operators to play a greater role than connectivity alone.

The articles cover the following topics

  • Operators’ core connectivity role 
  • AT&T connected car solution
  • Telehealth 
  • Participating in the communications innovation
  • Enabling new services - learning from Amazon