China: the next pioneer in new mobility?

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Travel & Transportation April 2016

China: the next pioneer in new mobility?

Why digitally enabled mobility is rising so fast in China

Taxi-hailing platforms in China have been in the spotlight recently, with the merger of Kuaidi and Didi totalizing more than 250 million users and launching a chauffeur service that two years ago was only known through Uber outside China. In addition to these impressive figures, a mobility revolution is under way in China, enabled by digitalization and a unique ecosystem. [...]

Premium Sports Broadcasting

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TIME April 2016

Premium Sports Broadcasting

The silver bullet to win the broadband game?

Traditional pay-TV operators across Europe compete fiercely for exclusivity of premium sports broadcasting rights. In a context of maturing fixed broadband markets, an increasing share of bundled offers and the roll out of super-fast broadband networks, also telecom operators are looking at these rights. Content is gaining weight in the consumer buying decision for bundles and operators cannot ignore this in order to maximize the share of connected households of new built super-fast broadband networks. However, the acquisition of sport broadcasting rights has become very expensive, resulting in squeezed margins and in potential arbitrage versus network investments. Is the acquisition of sport broadcasting rights a sound long-term strategy for telecom operators? [...]

New business models of energy companies

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Energy & Utilities March 2016

New business models of energy companies

XII International Energy Regulatory Forum

The XII International Energy Regulatory Forum will take place on March 17, 2016 in Prague. The forum will point out the current status of the Energy Union establishment and the key challenges organizations will face to remain competitive. [...]

Impact of Digital Health on the Pharmaceutical Industry

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Healthcare March 2016

Impact of Digital Health on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Will Business Models be Reshaped by Digital Health?

Digital Health will transform the business models of the Pharmaceutical industry. Although many companies have not yet formulated a concise Digital Health strategy, industry executives expect that by 2020, Digital Health will enable Pharmaceutical companies to activate new business segments as well as to significantly improve their competitive advantage. [...]

Succeeding with Digital Health

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Healthcare March 2016

Succeeding with Digital Health

Winning Offerings and Digital Transformation

Globally the market for digital health is expected to double its volume within the next three years and by 2020 to surpass USD 200 bn. The growing mobile health market is one of the main contributors to this development; its mobile solutions, applications and services will generate an increase in adjacent markets such as wireless network technologies, sensors and devices. [...]

The OTT conundrum for MENA telecoms

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TIME February 2016

The OTT conundrum for MENA telecoms

In this Arthur D. Little regional telecom report we aim to provide a nuanced view of the growth patterns within the MENA region, as well as deconstruct the growth to its underlying reasons in four key markets. An important focus area is the threat of core revenue disruption by over-the top (OTT) players in messaging, voice and video. On the surface, there exists a deceptive view of homogeneity for the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa region, and for especially the subregions of Middle East and North Africa (MENA), such that these markets appear very similar. In reality, the local information and communication technology (ICT) markets are quite varied. Our analysis and discussions with local decision-makers present several interrelated conclusions. [...]

Flexible SIM

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TIME February 2016

Flexible SIM

Operator catalyst in digitalization and convergence

Mobile operators, device manufacturers and standards bodies have been working towards replacing swappable physical SIM cards (classic) with flexible SIM solutions that are provisioned over-the-air. Embedded SIM chips (eSIM) and softwarebased approaches (SoftSIM) were initially launched by industry players with M2M in mind and are now expanding into the pure consumer segment. [...]

Aviation MROs

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Manufacturing, Operations Management February 2016

Aviation MROs

Delivering long-term value in a transformed aftermarket

As the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) landscape is disrupted by the emergence of new technologies and the growing presence of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the aftermarket, we examine these challenges and propose a framework by which the MRO service providers can continue to deliver value. [...]

Confronting Core Market Decline

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Manufacturing February 2016

Confronting Core Market Decline

Portfolio diversification in the industrial services sector

Portfolio-led diversification can create a wealth of new growth opportunities for industrial service providers, but also presents new challenges. In this article, we highlight some critical success factors for the effective transition to a portfolio service offering in the context of changing customer expectations and sustained market volatility. [...]

Aviation Alliance Strategy

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Travel & Transportation, Strategy & Organization February 2016

Aviation Alliance Strategy

Beyond the global alliance model?

In the context of a challenging macro environment, the global aviation sector is facing unprecedented change due to advances in aircraft technology, disruptive business models and a new generation of digitally enabled passenger. In light of these "hyper-competitive" pressures, Arthur D. Little re-examines the global alliance model and considers the future of cooperative strategy in the aviation sector as the industry enters a new competitive era. [...]

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