For over twenty years, I have been fascinated by the power of technology - and in particular mobile technology - to enhance and influence the lives of businesses and individuals. I’ve been fortunate to be party to and have a impact on many ground breaking events and projects - from Orion, the worlds first private satellite venture, and Microtel, the UK DCS1800 licencee that eventually became Orange, to supporting 3G licence deployment and the development of 3D graphics for mobile phones.
Over that period, it was clear from an early stage that the personal nature of the mobile device, sustained and supported by dramatic advances in silicon technology and power consumption would see the mobile phone become the ubiquitous, central support of life in the information society that we see today. The potential for the device to inform, entertain and support levels of communications that humanity desires reached a defining point with the launch of the Apple iPhone in 2007. For the first time, the world saw in a single device, a truly accessible, high performance mobile internet experience that does justice to the connectivity infrastructure operators have spent two decades and billions of dollars installing worldwide.
What is even more significant, however, is the change the iPhone paradigm is enabling both within the mobile phone industry and, increasingly, in the wider media world. With the introduction of the iPad, the tablet has been established as a mass market device for both consumers and businesses. Within twelve months, this new form factor has already changed consumption behaviour and is now influencing business process design.
2011 will be the year of the internet connected TV. With broadband connectivity capable to delivering broadcast TV now reaching critical mass in many countries, and the service widget access paradigm showing the manner in which to provide the mass market with intuitive access to the services and content they seek, broadcasters and device manufacturers are poised to initiate the biggest change in the nature of TV based entertainment in fifty years of broadcasting.
Regardless of how successful initial propositions from Sony, Google, Samsung, Netflix etc are, telecoms and media convergence has truly arrived. The relationships between players in the value chain and between industry participants and consumers will never be the same again.
With humility, I am pleased to note that I have been among the first to observe many of the changes we have seen in the industry leading up to this point. Over the coming months and years, I hope to share my observations on this ever evolving market, and the implications for the players in that market through this site and through twitter at @caruventures.
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