Platform Opportunities for MNOs
2017.08.09   |   26 pages   |   Platforms and Partnerships

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Nicola Warren


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New players are disrupting telecommunications and other industries by adopting technical platforms and leveraging the new business models that these platforms allow.  They are outperforming and out-innovating existing manufacturers and service providers due to the unique economic dynamics supported by platforms.

Network operators require an understanding of platform dynamics in order to secure their participation in the digital economy.  They need to examine their businesses to identify opportunities for technical platforms and the development of platform-supported ecosystems and business models that enable new means of value creation and new paths to growth.

  • Platform-based business models can deliver rapid scale, operational efficiencies and the elimination of the point of diminishing returns.

This report aims to provide the foundations of that understanding to help MNOs in their consideration of platform strategies.

 

Companies: Apple, Verizon, Bango, SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom,

Countries: USA, South Korea, Germany,

Keywords: developers, maker platform, 11st, Internet of Things, DCB, ThingSpace, m-commerce, network effects, power law, demand side economies of scale, IoT, platform, diminishing returns, direct carrier billing, exchange platform, payment platform, Smart Home, SK Planet, OK Cashbag, QIVICON, asymmetry, multi-sided, platform business model, e-commerce, digital disruption, digital economy, interaction, open platform, API, ecosystem,

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Overview

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Introduction

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2.1

Background to the Report

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2.2

Report Content

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2.3

Currency and Conversions

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2.4

Further Questions and Feedback

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Platforms Explained

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3.1

What is a Platform?

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3.1.1

Platform Types

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3.2

Platform Economics

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3.3

The Platform Continuum

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MNO Platform Initiatives

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4.1

Introduction

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4.2

Verizon ThingSpace Internet of Things (IoT) Platform

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4.3

SK Telecom SK Planet Commerce Platform

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4.4

Bango Payments Platform

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4.5

The QIVICON Connected Home Platform

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Platform Assessments

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5.1

Introduction

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5.2

Verizon’s ThingSpace

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5.3

SK Telecom’s SK Planet Platforms

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5.4

Bango

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5.5

Deutsche Telekom’s QIVICON

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Key Findings and Conclusions

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6.1

Platform Options

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6.2

Learnings from Operator Initiatives

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Recommendations

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Appendix – Feedback Questions

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