You have zero privacy anyway – Get over it

The discussion on data privacy continues to be a hot topic. And for good reasons. Our online presence is becoming more and more an integral part of our daily life. Only two decades ago sending mail (snailmail) was protected by a law that explicitly stated that mail was not to be opened during transport to […] Read more »

Say Hi To Fi, Hello To FB, Bye To Telcos

Disruption in telecoms continues to come from social media players. Over the last couple of weeks, messaging player WhatsApp added its calling feature to Android and iOS apps, Facebook added a dialer/caller-id android app called Hello and Google launched a US MVNO that offers cloud calling coupled with national 4G roaming on Nexus phones. While […] Read more »

How Apple, Cisco and Huawei Disrupted the Telecom Equipment Market

Now that Alcatel-Lucent is to become part of Nokia, it’s a good time to look back and see what has happened over the last decade or so in the global telecoms equipment market. The picture that emerges is one of consolidation and divestment. Consolidation into four major players: Huawei, Cisco, Nokia and Ericsson. Divestment of […] Read more »

Tablet Getting Ready for Business

When Apple launched its iPad in 2010 a new device market was born. With Apple’s success competitors soon launched their tablets. It appeared that the PC was to be replaced by the tablet. Of course it was not, as we explained here. But after a few years of triple digit growth the appetite for tablets […] Read more »

Charting the Digital Economy: Part II

In our previous blog The METISfiles argued that charting the Dutch digital economy should be done in a much broader context than just measuring end-user value of digital products and services. But new digital services based on the principle of sharing, as practiced for instance by Uber, Lyft, AirBNB, Taskrabbit, SpullenDelen or Thuisafgehaald, pose a […] Read more »

Charting The Digital Economy

Last year The METISfiles reported on the ongoing transformation from a traditional to a digital economy. But as the term ‘Digital Economy’ is increasingly used as a desired direction of our economic destiny we still have not much of a clue what it actually is. Most publications on this topic refer to a narrow concept […] Read more »