Two ways digital disruption will affect the Telco today and tomorrow

Digital disruption is a communications revolution. But where is it going? We spoke with a telco about what you need to prepare for today, and a pioneer about tomorrow.

Digital disruption is a communications revolution. Gathering pace from email and texting to always-on mobile, from the Internet to the Internet of things, from the ways we share food pictures, to the way your fridge orders food. But where is it going?
We spoke with a telco about what you need to do for today, and a pioneer about tomorrow.

Joachim Horn – Chief Technology and Information Advisor, PLDT:

The scale of the network and the IT environment will be very, very critical, because as we move in the IOT, we will see offers declining in the IOT space because the usage is relatively little. At the same point in time, number of devices will escalate. People talk about billions of devices within the next few years to come. For that, we need to have the right architecture in order to make this scale effect very, very cost efficient. Otherwise, it will not work out economically for the operators”. 

Jeff Pulver – VoIP Pioneer & Communications Visionary:

Facebook has to be worried about disruption. The reason why Facebook is going out and acquiring companies like What’sApp and Instagram is because they have to be worried about being disrupted. As much as a teleco has had to worry about being disrupted, Facebook has it at a much higher level, a much higher degree of susceptibility in fact.  In fact, it’s quite possible based on my analysis that Facebook doesn’t stay Facebook five years from now. If they don’t continue to embrace the edge of innovation.  If Facebook ever, ever feels comfortable being Facebook, it’s over”.

 

 

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