Telecommunications Publications

  • Software Strategy: What ISVs can learn as ASP wave turns to vapor

    August 12, 2001 | Performance Improvement | Bain Brief

    As a new wave of application service providers (ASPs) gathers momentum, independent service providers (ISVs) should examine and learn from ASPs past failings. This article outlines four steps ISVs should take to establish a strong market position. And ISVs shouldn't wait, the time to act is now!

  • Web Works Wonders

    June 30, 2001 | Fundamentals of Growth |

    This translates to US$400 million for a firm like Telstra, and US$6 billion for NTT. Take Cisco Systems for example. Last year, it projected US$825 million in savings because it operates business online.

  • Glory continues for fibre optics

    May 30, 2001 | Technology | Global Telecoms Business

    For those of you who think the glory days of fibre optics are over, consider this. Last year China's telcos, which serve a market of over a billion customers, added about 20 million fixed lines and continued construction of backbone and local loop fibre networks at a feverish pace.

  • European telecoms should dial up web savings

    March 31, 2001 | Bain Net Promoter System® | Global Telecoms Business

    Consider the firms like Cisco, Oracle or Dell that make the best use of the internet to transform the way they do business - thereby outgrowing their markets and becoming more profitable. You won't find too many telecom service companies on that exclusive list.

  • Develop the Talent Pipeline

    March 29, 2001 | Bain Net Promoter System® | Global Telecoms Business

    You may be happy to stay on as CEO, but is your company grooming your successors, especially to meet the new demands of convergence? Fewer than half are doing so, says Paul DiPaola, a vice president of Bain & Company.

  • Mobile Detour: Wireless Internet Companies Are Taking the Same Wrong Turns as Their Landline Predecessors

    February 28, 2001 | Telecommunications | Bain Brief

    AT&T's tracking stock and many other wireless shares seem to have followed their Internet precursors over the cliff. AT&T Wireless Group halved to $17.00 a share by year-end 2000. Does this mean wireless is doomed to the same fate as their landline Internet ancestors?

  • The Great Mobile Detour

    January 25, 2001 | Telecommunications | Global Telecoms Business

    Wireless internet companies are taking the same wrong turns as their landline predecessors, according to Sarabjit Singh Baveja and Vince Tobkin of Bain & Company. To succeed, they will need to recognise the true power of the medium and should not expect quick returns

  • The 3G survival strategy

    November 30, 2000 | Telecommunications |

    Mobile operators have lost over a quarter trillion dollars in market value since the UK third generation (3G) mobile license auction. The telecoms debt market has dried up. Are the capital markets overreacting, or is 3G reaching an extinction level even for mobile operators?

  • Mobile Markets on the Move

    October 24, 2000 | Telecommunications | The Wall Street Journal Asia

    The mobile market is on the move. Over a quarter-trillion dollars has been stripped from the value of the major mobile telcos since the third generation (3G) mobile license auction earlier this year in Great Britain.

  • The 3G Challenge

    July 31, 2000 | Financial Services |

    While the mobile operator and equipment vendor communities are today filled with excitement about the future of 3G and the wireless Internet, it is worth a moment's sober reflection on some of the challenges ahead.