Friday, 14 December 2018

There are teenagers who can't remember a world without the iPhone

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 13 January 17

Nearly 10 years ago, a certain handset maker caused consternation among operators by launching a raft of online services. It wasn't Apple.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of a momentous event that rocked the global telecoms industry to its very core. That's right: I joined the ranks of Total Telecom as a young, fresh(ish)-faced junior reporter, hungry to sink my teeth into this complex and groundbreaking industry. They never said anything at the interview stage about all the acronyms I would have to learn. Weighing the merits of MPLS against PBB-TE (that's provider backbone bridge traffic engineering, by the way) was a particular 'highlight'. 10 years later, and the global telecoms industry is a very different place. Some would argue the seismic waves rippling through telecoms over the last decade have more to do with the unveiling by a certain Steve Jobs on 9 January 2007 of a touchscreen smartphone that drove widespread uptake of mobile data and accelerated the disintermediation of operators…

This week marks the 10th anniversary of a momentous event that rocked the global telecoms industry to its very core. That's right: I joined the ranks of Total Telecom as a young, fresh(ish)-faced junior reporter, hungry to sink my teeth into this complex and groundbreaking industry. They never said anything at the interview stage about all the acronyms I would have to learn. Weighing the merits of MPLS against PBB-TE (that's provider backbone bridge traffic engineering, by the way) was a particular 'highlight'. 10 years later, and the global telecoms industry is a very different place. Some would argue the seismic waves rippling through telecoms over the last decade have more to do with the unveiling by a certain Steve Jobs on 9 January 2007 of a touchscreen smartphone that drove widespread uptake of mobile data and accelerated the disintermediation of operators…

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