Thursday, 10 April 2014

Mobile Operators Go after the Connected Car Opportunity

It was only last month that Apple announced it was launching its in-car, iPhone user interface – CarPlay, but it seems the competition is about to heat up with Microsoft’s unveiling of Windows in the car.

The software giant revealed its new platform for automotive last week at the annual Build conference in San Francisco.

Microsoft has been powering a variety of car entertainment systems over the years. The likes of Ford, BMW and Fiat have each made use of specialised versions of Windows to create their own interfaces and systems, but with Ford calling off its car connectivity relationship with Microsoft earlier this year; it appears the company’s focus has shifted toward a user interface of its own.


The platform, which in its current incarnation requires a windows phone device, seemingly bares much resemblance to that of Apple’s. As with CarPlay, the concept is to mirror what’s shown on your devices screen into a touch- and car-friendly interface.

Microsoft’s Windows in the car is still in its’ early days, with no firm release date being mentioned yet. Apple’s CarPlay on the other hand, is alleged to be rolled out into 215,000 cars this year!

CarPlay, which can only be used with the iPhone 5 and iPhone models thereafter, allows a Siri-voice activated interface to telephone contacts, make or return missed phone calls, play voicemails and text messages and, deliver text responses. “Apple Maps” will also be available within CarPlay’s interface, providing drivers with voice activiated navigation.

The first set of cars to boast Apple’s new interface are Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz, who will be followed by Honda, Hyundai and Jaguar later this year.




More than 50% of North Americans purchasing automobiles in the next 12 months say that onboard technology options will play an important role in their buying decision. It’s no surprise then that Telematics is one of the fastest growing segments of the cellular machine-to-machine market, which itself will take a growing portion of all cellular subscriptions, increasing from  2.3% in 2012 to 6.8% in 2018.



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Sources: computerworld, theverge

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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Aldi ‘Swap & Save’ advert banned after Asda complaint

Aldi’s ‘Swap & Save’ campaign indicates that families can make significant cuts to the cost of their weekly shopping by moving away from costly brands and supermarkets. Unfortunately for Aldi, the campaign seems to have backfired. A complaint from Asda was upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

The campaign claimed people could save £45 a week by shopping at Aldi instead of their regular supermarket.

Asda claim that the family in the advert did not buy the same items when shopping at the two different supermarkets. This meant the comparisons made in the advert are not accurate, while figures behind the claim of saving £45 are also debatable.


Aldi are disappointed by the ASA’s decision, stating the ‘Swap & Save’ adverts are based on the actual savings of shoppers and the overall advertising message remains true.

Aldi’s campaign may be banned but the supermarket giant remains committed to the ‘Swap & Save’ scheme. ‘We are confident that Aldi offers some of the best value and lowest prices in the UK, and that we do this every day as opposed to during promotional periods that you may find in other supermarkets.’

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

More money than letters: The modern postal service


You could be forgiven for thinking that the fates of the global postal services were intertwined with that of the letter. But despite the apparent death of the ancient art of letter writing, postal operators are still very much alive; in fact they are flourishing.

Using some of the insight from Timetric’s latest report, I will be examining why postal services have been able to successfully venture into the realm of finance.  

Touching the untouchables
Remote locations has been a strong
asset for opening up the market
The established networks of the postal services have acted as an efficient platform to provide financial services to isolated members of the public. Touchpoints in some of the most remote parts of their counties have meant that postal services have had unique opportunities to open up the market to previously unbanked rural populations.  

Everybody wins
They have not just touched the geographically isolated, but also the socially vulnerable. Governments are supporting and pressing their postal operator to offer basic financial services to isolated social groups to combat poverty and inequality. By providing savings accounts, insurance, pension payment services, remittances services and loans products the postal services supply vital support. Their admirable business plan is both commercially and socially rewarding.

The perfect financial partnership
The glory of this unique achievement must, however, be shared with the postal operator’s important partnership with banks. These alliances have produced major reward for all parties involved due to their combined skills and assets. For example, the UK Post Office’s decision to team up with the likes of Barclays and Halifax has delivered impressive results.
    
A trusted brand
Their long tradition of providing reliable and cost effective services has meant that postal services have had high levels of consumer confidence. The instantly recognisable quality brand has ensured that postal operators carry the invaluable asset of consumer trust in an industry currently very short of it.      

Communication’s ever increasing reliance on the internet has unquestionably diminished the post’s traditional revenue streams. Yet the postal services are reporting healthy profits, largely thanks to their financial enterprises. 



Globally, in 2011, financial services accounted for 11.7% of postal operators’ total income. Timetric’s in-depth analysis forecasts this percentage to further increase significantly. The established networks, trust and banking partnerships have made the postal services across the world important organisations for both the financial industry and society as a whole.

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

What is the banking executive’s biggest fear?


There are certainly enough contenders for this title with the global economy, cyber fraud and regulations all making bankers sweat, but which one do you think triggers their worst nightmare?

The slow global economic recovery is felt to be a major apprehension with high unemployment and low customer confidence threatening to jeopardise expansion plans and profit margins. This, however, is not the concern it once was and has not won the title.  

Another rising anxiety with a shot at the crown is cyber crime, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Cyber crime is getting more sophisticated and is disrupting the market but is yet to be a bank's most alarming apprehension.      

A recent survey of 124 global banking workers, 35% of which are CEOs and Directors, revealed that changing regulation was their major concern. Altering government legislation has kept the industry up at night because it will drastically affect the competitive landscape, profitability, operational setups and potentially see a rise of available new substitutes.

The next six months are set to present many challenges, but it is always good to look at the other side of the coin and remember that opportunities will also present themselves!  



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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Is it time to abandon Cable?

Cable and satellite television were never going to last forever, but is it time to change how you watch TV just yet?

Perhaps so, there was an estimated 97m IPTV subscriptions globally at the end of Q3 2013, and the 100-millionth IPTV customer came online in November. This means the adoption of IPTV is now outpacing cable and satellite!

The market is growing fast, with analysts forecasting global IPTV revenue to increase at a CAGR of 11.8% by 2018, with the market reaching a staggering $42.9bn!

Though not everyone is following suit just yet, IPTV household penetration levels vary greatly across regions. At present, the three largest IPTV markets are China, France and the US, which combined, account for over half of the world’s subscriber base. China recently surpassed France as the market with the most IPTV subscribers, leaving the U.S. in third place. Still, IPTV operators in France and the U.S. are continuing to see a rise in subscribers, while cable remains to flounder.

A considerable factor to this excessive growth has been increasing broadband demand all around the world. The Broadband Forum reports that global broadband subscriptions will reach some 925 million by the end of 2018, up from about 650 million at the start of 2013, leaving huge potential for the IPTV market.

It’s no surprise that companies are already looking to take advantage of this growing market. YouTube is currently piloting making its channels available via IPTV operator EPGs - as part of partner-led initiatives to extend its’ channels reach.

“On IPTV we started some initiatives where YouTube is part of the EPG guide. If you’re a subscriber to a channel on YouTube, why shouldn't it just show up as channel 206 on your TV guide? We’re seeing some very exciting initiatives being partner-led, and that’s where I think we’re going to continue to thrive as a platform.”

Apple are also reportedly eyeing up the market, with rumours of talks with Comcast to bring Internet-delivered TV to subscribers via an Apple set-top box. If the rumours are true, this collaboration certainly has the potential to progress the transition to IPTV even further.

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