Digital Service Providers to Forge Ahead, Business Services and Analytics to Gain Momentum among MNOs

Digital Service Providers to Forge Ahead, Business Services and Analytics to Gain Momentum among MNOs Image Credit: MDS

After an eventful 2015, it is that time of year to prognosticate on what 2016 may bring. Here are just a few of our 2016 prophecies:

#1: RISE OF DIGITAL SERVICES PROVIDERS

Finally, we start to see digital services providers (DSP) take on the market. Customers (in some areas) will be able to use digital services they like, how they like them and for prices they understand. In 2015, new entrants like UK-based iD Mobile launched and disrupted mature markets. With their customer-centric real-time model, they proved that when providers focus on what customers want, they will win them over. This should truly frighten its market competitors. Operators seeing iD’s success will have to accelerate their own real-time, customer-centric strategy to compete and stay relevant. We predict that 2016 will finally be the year of the customer!

Jennifer Fellows,
SVP, Product Mgt. & Marketing,
MDS

#2: INCREASED FOCUS BY MNOs ON THE BUSINESS CUSTOMER

Business makes the world go around. And in 2016, we expect businesses to make significant in-roads in launching new services and improving operations. After years of inattention, the business customer (especially the long-ignored SME segment) has caught the eye of the operator. Today, there are 222M SMEs worldwide, who employ over 1.49 billion people. What’s more, Analysys Mason predicts that by 2019, telco revenue from SMEs will grow to $242 billion, a significant jump from $215 billion in 2014. This growth has driven more investment in the back office tools and in bringing new applications to market faster. There is significant B2B revenue potential with new services that employ tools like real-time analytics dashboards and more flexible IoT infrastructure. Operational efficiencies for the business customer also make gains with increased use of managed services. This strategy frees up businesses to concentrate on their end customer, while their operator partner takes over the operations. Business customers will take advantage of the new flexibility, and all the players in the value chain will reap the benefits.

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#3: MORE WORK ON BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS AS TOOLS TO DRIVE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Analytics will move beyond the hype and really make a difference to the bottom-line. Big data has been the buzz for some time. Despite all the noise, interest and apparent investment, some of the most basic information is still not available to assist in managing the operators’ business. In fact, some operators still don’t have visibility into basic historical account information and behavior. While the situation can be attributed to mergers, where converting legacy systems migration get pushed down the to-do list, the failure to have comprehensive customer insight is baffling. So, we expect there will be significant work done here, but on the “down-low”.

In our view, 2016 will be the year of realization. Customers will get the choice they have long desired. Businesses will get the attention they long deserved. Useful analytics will be in place for real-world, actionable needs. Needless to say, we think it will be an exciting year ahead!

About The Author:
Jennifer Fellows is Sr. Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for MDS. In this role, she manages the product evolution, and marketing for the MDS billing and real-time charging solutions. Prior to MDS, she held the role of Vice President of Product Management for CSG International, a market-leading provider of charging, billing, and mediation solutions used by many of the largest global telecommunication service providers. During her tenure, her products were deployed at over 100 operators around the world to support their business objectives, while surpassing company revenue targets. She also held the role of VP of Product Management at Argent Networks, and Director of Product Management at bcgi, a leading provider of real-time billing, MVNO and access management products. Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications BSS, real-time charging, mediation and customer management systems. She is an experienced and knowledgeable industry expert. She has spoken at many conferences and authored industry articles focused on the key market issues related to billing and charging. Jennifer graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications.

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