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March 04 2013

The mobile economy in 2013

The full report presented an interesting view on the current mobile market trends, although very positive it’s impossible not to see the slowdown of previous years growth. Revenues will increase, subscribers as well, but things aren’t going to be as great as they have been before..

It’s a forecast, but I’m not really impressed by these numbers, but it could be a wrong reading not sure, so here are my comments:

GSMA Mobile Economy 2013

Considering that we are roughly 7 Billion persons today (but we won’t be much more in 2017 – 2020 seems to be the year we might pass the 8bn threshold) the growth from 3.2 to 3.9 Bn mobile subscribers by 2017 doesn’t leave me impressed. It clearly means we still have much to do on the front of universal access, as according to this numbers we’ll still have only roughly 50% of the world population connected. The number of connections seems impressive, but then again this will be mostly due to the internet of things and all the new connected machines it will bring.

LTE seems it will only be a reality for a fifth of the connected ones, ok, this is a global number, meaning that more evolved markets will see a much better picture and others will not, fair enough, but not impressive either, specially considering that some of the less developed markets could leapfrog directly to LTE when it’s time to evolve or deploy their new networks.

GSMA Mobile Economy 2013

Globally voice will still grow, but clearly not as much as messaging and data, although a big part of the voice will probably also be data, right?

GSMA Mobile Economy 2013

It’s good to see Joyn (the project I worked on for Vodafone) get a special highlight here on the future communications page on the report, although I personally believe it’s a critically and much needed technology upgrade to increase the overall quality of mobile user experience (fixing seriously broken experiences like video or file sharing, but also general terms of interoperability), I have to say that at the current market launch plans and delays, I’m not certain where it will be in 2017, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed and eyes open for developments there.

But then again, I’m still going through the report, have a read yourself, the full report is here, enjoy ;)

August 21 2012

April 11 2012

Instagram: From Zero to a Billion

I’ve been using Instagram for quite sometime now and I simply love it, although lately my love has been mostly on Path I confess.


So it comes as no surprise to learn that it has been sold to Facebook.

I have wrote before, selling a great project is most certainly not the best thing their creators can do, but I understand the money principle, we all have a price, and 1 BILLION is a simply to big number to turn our backs at.

Still it seeing what happened to other nice services alike lately, I confess that I fear for Instagram. It’s like selling a dream to someone else, consciously knowing that someone else might not share the same dream end as you did.

To celebrate the nice achievement, Visual.ly created a nice infographic with a nice photo timeline of Instagram :

January 07 2011

November 20 2009

Is Apple becoming the new Evil?

I just bought a new 27″ iMac a couple days ago. It’s fabulous. The screen’s too shiny, and the disk is surprisingly loud (…) So I bought it, but I bought it, for the first time, with misgivings. I felt the way I’d feel buying something made in a country with a bad human rights record. That was new. In the past when I bought things from Apple it was an unalloyed pleasure. Oh boy! They make such great stuff. This time it felt like a Faustian bargain. They make such great stuff, but they’re such assholes. Do I really want to support this company?

Wired's Apple logoSooner or later this had to happen, it’s striking the resemblance’s with the fact that we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of wall in Germany. Apple has been building a walled garden with the iPhone/iTunes AppStore, but as any bridged wall, it will come down eventually, one thing it’s for certain it will fall by the hands of those that helped build it, it may take a while, but you can’t really ignore the signs..

Apple is great! I love it as I’m sure a whole lot more people does! But things aren’t looking good and it feels as if they’re becoming those that they used to criticizes in way more front’s that they should.. Apple needs to correct their path, otherwise in a decade or less, they might see themselves in a rather ackward position, if for now they still sell the best, shiniest and prettiest of them all…

Sounds a crazy idea? Read Paul Grahams latest essay about Apple and his commentary to the bashing on the broken app store approval process…

Google Chrome OS

Something special coming up around the corner:

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November 13 2009

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