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Telruptive extends focus. Saving operators no longer top priority…


For the last year and a half Telruptive focused on trying to save operators from becoming bit pipes and with it trying to save employment in the telecom industry. This has been a major limitation for the type of blog posts that could be published. Starting today Telruptive’s focus has been extended. Any innovation, disruptive technology or business practice that has to do with communication between people as well as machines is valid. Communication is not seen as pure telecommunication but is seen in its widest interpretation, moving information between one or more parties.

Why is saving operators no longer a priority?

There has been no proof in the last year and a half that most operators will not become bit pipes. Most operators will either become bit pipes, consolidate or worse. Telecom solution providers will either shrink, consolidate or worse. Only real innovative operators will have a chance to be active outside of communication infrastructure. Unfortunately there are very few of those. LTE will seriously disrupt the operator’s monopoly on voice calls. iMessage, Whatsapp and similar services already crossed the tipping point and are disrupting the SMS business. Operators ‘ answer has been nothing or too-few-too-late. The telecom industry resembles the titanic more each day. It was once the most luxurious cruise ship of its time. But disruptive icebergs are making it sink. Instead of building lifeboats with material found on board, the operators seems to have taken the decision to play music and await what will happen.

Telruptive wants to inform innovators about new ways of communicating, new disruptive technologies they should use, new disruptive business models they should implement, etc. Innovators can be operators, telecom solution providers but can also be dotcoms or people not linked to the telecom industry. This is what Telruptive will be focusing on in the future.

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  1. Nischal
    May 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Great. Like that. Extend focus beyond cost savings for Telco/operators (or saving operators). Rather you may want to focus more on cost savings for enterprises/businesses on their communications/network infra/apps etc. Good Luck.

  2. Jose Luis
    May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’m not too sure telecom operators need to be saved, except from becoming boring. Interesting innovation already happens far from most telcos, but that does not mean that their future is black. It’s just boring.

    The “boring” future of telcos will bring: Low margins. Infrastructure sharing. Indistinguishable offers. CEOs that look like CFOs: focus on managing the balance sheet. The real battles fought at regulatory bodies, not at the market. Stable market share for each player… Wait wait wait… the telecom industry ALREADY looks like that!!

    Electricity companies were innovative in the beginning of the 20th century. Railway companies were innovative in the 19th century. Telecom companies were innovative in the late 20th century. And we still have trains, electricity and phones.

    • May 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Jose Luis,

      I agree that the telecom business will become more boring. The only thing is that anything innovative that is currently done is being paid by money that flows from call and SMS revenues into other departments. The future will see these money flows dry up. This means that operators that only focus on being a bit pipe will no longer need hundreds of thousands of employees and thousands of suppliers. They will likely need cheap commodity antennas, which low-cost competitors will be eager to provide. Also there are changes on the software-side, for instance billing for a bit pipe is totally different. It can almost be done in Excel. One column with the different tariffs and each customer a row with an X for the right tariff. This means that consolidations will accelerate and job losses will increase. However operators had the chance to change this trend in the last years but have chosen to ignore it…

      Maarten

  3. Hope
    March 3, 2013 at 3:49 am

    We talk about the new technologies but I have not seen ideas that focus on the customer, however I am new to your site. I believe that we have an opportunity in this growing void for new entrepreneurs like myself. Please correct me if I am wrong. When was last time you called a carrier of any kind and didn’t get a prompt or were required to wait? When was the last time you really felt like you were important? Verizon and other “buy happy companies” don’t really care about the customer because the pool of competitors is growing smaller. 

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