Telecom Futurist

Apr 29

HP / Palm Acquisition Takeaways

Palm HQ Shot

A lot has been already written about this subject, but here are my own quick insights.

Impacts of this deal:

For success, HP will need to integrate Palm, rationalize its software platforms (Linux, WinMo, Windows7 and webOS) and strengthen Palm’s enterprise offerings in order to better position itself versus competitors such as RIM.  Furthermore, HP will need to invest a lot in the platform, specially in third party app development, hardware and sales channels.  Recall that Palm had an uphill battle to develop a strong developer ecosystem, with only 2K apps, which is much less than Apple’s 185K apps, for instance.  While HP-Palm will not likely change the smartphone market landscape in the short run, the merger indicates that mobile device leadership entails a more compelling and vertically integrated proprietary hardware/software offering, which can add some competitive pressure on vendors such as HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

Apr 28

First Managed Network Operations Deal in Canada

Mobilicity Execs

Mobilicity announced yesterday it was awarding Ericsson a 5-year managed network operations contract.  This is the first time in Canada in which a service provider outsources the handling its day-to-day network operations.  Ericsson signed a similar deal with Sprint Nextel last year (valued between $4.5 and $5 billion over 7 years).  Here are a couple of insights on this deal from the Financial Post and the Globe and Mail.

#Datacenter Metrics - Is 70 Data Center Performance Metrics Enough?

Interesting piece by John Furrier on application performance metrics for data centers:

#Datacenter #Metrics - Is 70 Data Center Performance Metrics Enough?

He does bring up a valid point about the labor costs going up with the increased complexity of more sophisticated technologies to provide these different performance yardsticks…

Apr 27

Android Overtakes iPhone Web Traffic in the US

AdMob March 2010 Stats

AdMob has released its latest monthly update (for March 2010) and TechCruch uncovered one of the gems in that report, namely that Android advertising traffic has surpassed iPhone traffic in the U.S. for the month of March (46% for Android versus 39% for the iPhone)

Apr 26

Needed Right Now: A Baseline for Cloud Security and Trust -

Trust certification is definitely going to be a catalyst for further adoption of cloud services.

CenturyLink / Qwest Deal Rationale

CenturyLink logo

Nobody was that surprised to hear last week’s announcement on the acquisition of Qwest by CenturyLink (in in a tax-free, stock-for-stock transaction in which CTL shareholders will own 50.5% of the combined company and Qwest shareholders are expected to own 49.5%).  Considering cost synergies (including CAPEX) of roughly $625 million, the price tag for Qwest was just under 4x its 2010 EBIDTA, which is quite reasonable.  The Wall Street Deal Journal had more detail on the deal rationale.

Ciena Picked as One of AT&T’s Domain Suppliers

Ciena logoLast week, Ciena was picked by AT&T as one of its domain suppliers for optical and transport equipment (the other one being Fujitsu).  Looks like the Nortel MEN acquisition is already paying off as Ciena leveraged Nortel’s 100-Gig transport technology wanted by AT&T.  In the process, Ciena beat out NSN.

World’s Most Stunning Data Centers

Swedish ISP Data Center Photo

Pretty cool photos on a post from Hack n Mod from data centers belonging to companies such as Microsoft and TeliaSonera (Telia’s data center shown above).


Revenue/employee is an awesome metric, esp in evaluating internet and software companies, where employees are typically the primary “asset” and expense.

Credit to irq and abnerg


Revenue/employee is an awesome metric, esp in evaluating internet and software companies, where employees are typically the primary “asset” and expense.

Credit to irq and abnerg

Apr 25

Softbank Considering Various 4G Alternatives

Softbank LogoThis TelecomAsia story talks about how Softbank in Japan is considering various alternatives for the 4G spectrum it got from Willcom (failing PHS operator) in the 2.5 GHz band including TD-LTE.  Other operators considering TD-LTE include Indian operators and China Mobile.


Apr 24

Unemployment Rate (U6 versus U3)

U-6 Plot

From Shadow Government Statistics another reality check on the economy with some really somber unemployment data: U-6 unemployment rate hitting the 16% mark.  U-6 is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) broadest unemployment measure, including short-term discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment.

In this sort of environment, it’s hard to grow ARPU much… Also some folks might go for pre-paid deals rather than post-paid contracts.

Economy & Its Impacts…

This week, both AT&T and Verizon posted disappointing numbers and then I came across this post by Abner Germanow that references a Gallup pool suggesting 1 in 5 Americans fear losing their jobs within the next year.

Poll results

Sentiment is always a tricky thing to forecast - particularly because it oscillates sometimes even from one week to the next one.   But with the SEC pushing ahead with its case against Goldman Sachs and Gallup polls like these, no wonder why Mitel stock performed the way it did on its first two days, and results from US operators such as AT&T and Verizon left something to be desired…

We’re slowly coming out of the recession, but definitely in an “allegro ma non troppo" fashion (Italian tempo meaning "fast but not so fast")

Apr 23

Mitel Networks’ Opening Day at the NASDAQ

MITL Day 1 PerformanceMitel Networks had a turbulent day on its debut on the NASDAQ (trading under the stock symbol MITL).  And today (Friday) the stock went down nearly another 2%.  I’ve been asked by a few folks, including the Financial Post tech reporter Jamie Sturgeon whether the timing for the IPO was right.  Given the improvement in the macro picture, the fact that all indicators are pointing to a recovery in enterprise CAPEX (based on opinions of various CIOs) and the opportunity to win some business arising from some churn in the Nortel ES customer base, I would suggest that the timing was right. However, the market performance in the first two days might indicate otherwise.  We will see what next week will bring…