Mobile Networking Is Not Working (Yet)

Last week a lot of people went to Barcelona in Spain, to talk about mobile communications. The FT provides a fairly good series of video interviews from the 3GSM congress.

All I want to say is that these people are selling the idea of being in touch, sharing information and ideas, communicating, doing business, and having fun, wherever you are in the world. The word “mobile” is often presented as a lifestyle choice, as if people might prefer to relate to each other over a mobile telephone instead of being face-to-face. I used to work with a CTO who talked a lot about “eating your own dog food” by which he meant using the firm’s own services, products and capabilities. We will know that mobile networking works when business people in the mobile industry use their own products to do business, instead of doing it by flying to Barcelona. I wonder in which year we will hear the first executive say “I am not going to the next 3GSM World Congress, I can do it all over my phone…”

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

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Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.