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Jouko Ahvenainen

April 14, 2015

I was talking with my friend who is building a startup to help employers and employees to find one other in Germany. It is, for example, for a bus driver, car mechanic or nurse.  Is it anything new, there are thousands of recruiting services on the internet and everyone has a LinkedIn profile? Or maybe those services have served the highly educated, white collar, office people who are sitting front of a computer all the time.  Maybe we are actually seeing a new wave of the internet services for other than white-collar workers, i.e. for billions of people. And smart phones are the way to... MORE

March 23, 2015

When you start a new business or go to work in an industry or business sector that is new to you, one challenge is to understand the ecosystem. What all different roles are in the ecosystem, who are the key players, what would your role be, who is more a partner than a competitor. It is said that it takes 10,000 hours to learn enough to be successful in a new business. Wireless, mobile and connectivity businesses are now also entering new business areas.

I met First Partners, a UK-based research firm, at MWC. They had interesting and useful ecosystem maps, for example, from M2M... MORE

March 09, 2015

Let’s face it, Mobile World Congress is frankly for businesses that are linked to carriers, telco infrastructure and communications technology. We have seen a significant disruption in mobile business in the last 7 years. There are a lot of mobile businesses, like all app business, that bypass carriers. And many startups are related to that business. So, is MWC relevant to startups nowadays?

Apple and Android changed the mobile business. Before that many startups and smaller companies focused on selling to carriers and through carriers. During those days MWC was a very important... MORE

March 06, 2015

Big data, IoT and 5G were the key words at Mobile World Congress this year. Almost all big companies asserted they support two or three of these and lots of smaller companies focus on one of these. But can you find something tangible behind these key words?

First, the device business. Most larger phone vendors published some new phones at MWC. The market leader, Samsung, announced a new flagship Galaxy S6. LG, ZTE, Lenovo, Sony, and other Android manufacturers also had nice high-end new models there. But were there some really disruptive new models? I doubt it. For example, Samsung... MORE

February 17, 2015

Satya Nadella became CEO of Microsoft a year ago. Microsoft’s mobile strategy was unclear and the situation looked bad. In a year Microsoft has integrated Nokia phone business to its organization, started to make interesting acquisitions, improved Windows Phone usability and looks like they have revised their whole strategy. Is Microsoft back in mobile business?

A year ago I wrote Where’s Microsoft mobile heading and estimated that Microsoft must make a significant streamlining for the mobile unit (Nokia integration), get its Office and enterprise solutions to be relevant in all... MORE

February 04, 2015

Several publications have reported that Google is planning to sell mobile phone plans to consumers. Google is expected to make a deal in the US with Sprint and T-Mobile to sell their capacity. I wrote earlier about Apple’s own SIM card plan. Traditionally MVNO’s have been doomed to fail. Can Apple and Google really challenge carriers?

We don’t know the details of Google’s plans yet. There are different kinds of reports like that Google would probably utilize also its or its partners’ WiFi networks for network access together with mobile networks. There are also speculations that... MORE

January 19, 2015

We cannot expect too many new things or surprises in mobile handset business in 2015. We will probably see some companies give up on the mobile phone business and more Chinese companies expand to other markets too. We can say Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are the only operating systems left.  The biggest questions are 1) how Samsung’s business develops, 2) what happens to Blackberry, and 3) can Microsoft increase its market share. And can we get some surprises?

If we look at sales numbers and statistics from devices in use, the market shares look quite stable. Android dominates... MORE

January 05, 2015

For years many experts have divided people into digital natives and aliens. Digital natives are often younger people who have learned to live with digital services. The key characteristic is not only age; it is deeply linked to how you understand digital is a fundamental basis for business, not only as a cover. And digital aliens are those who try to survive in this digital space, but it is not easy, when you think through antiquated models.

I thought this natives and aliens is an old story. But I have traveled a lot in the last few months literally around the world, met a lot of... MORE