As someone who's been in and around the telecom industry for a long time, you can appreciate the kinds of changes I’ve seen over the years. At its basic level, we've gone from a world of monopoly fixed line service providers, to a de-regulated one where CLECs temporarily roamed, to the fragmented mobile-centric/Internet-centric business of today, where players like Amazon and Google and innovative device companies like Apple and RIM lead the way.
Today's communications world is not your grandfather's, or even your father's, communications world. What we used to call telecom is now a much broader industry that encompasses entertainment, Internet and web-based media and services and much more. And communications has been quickly converging with the IT world, which has necessitated a rethinking of how we approach a business architecture for the present day.
If you’ve been reading my columns with any regularity, you’ll know that even though I’ve been in the communications business longer than I might care to admit, I’d like to think I’m still pretty connected when it comes to new technologies, new services and new ways of doing business.
With bated breath, the world waited on pins and needles at the end of January for the latest and greatest invention from Apple. Speculation was high that Steve Jobs would roll out a tablet computer, but once he unveiled the iPad and people finished oohing and aahing over the thin form factor, big screen and compatibility with iTunes and the App Store, the real scrutiny began.
So here we are in a brand new decade; in many ways, escaping from the “Noughties” won’t be all bad for the communications industry. After all, we weathered the telecom freeze in the early 2000s, which decimated the ranks of telecom equipment makers, forced consolidation among some carriers and increased regulatory actions in many parts of the world.