Convergence in Communications Networks

End-User Requirements, Technology Enablers, Industry Challenges & Business Opportunities
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ISBN-13:
9780470727089
Einband:
Buch
Seiten:
232
Autor:
Christian Saxtoft
Gewicht:
540 g
Format:
236xx mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Introduction.

List of Abbreviations.

PART I: EXPERIENCE OF THE END-USER.

Chapter 1: Communications in a User Perspective.

1.1 History of the Communications Services Users.

1.2 The 'Long Tail'.

1.3 A Fragmented User Community.

1.4 Knowledge: A Human Resource.

1.5 Summary.

1.6 References.

Chapter 2: The Convergence Culture Square.

2.1 Different Dimensions to Convergence.

2.2 Social Changes.

2.3 Convergence in Thinking.

2.4 Change Management Challenges.

2.5 Value Perception.

2.6 Summary.

2.7 References.

PART II: CONVERGENT BUSINESS MODELS.

Chapter 3: Market Trends and Predictions.

3.1 Towards End-User Focus.

3.2 Changing Patterns in the Communications Industry.

3.3 Important Market Characteristics.

3.4 Value Systems in the Communications Industry.

3.5 Value Grid in the Communications Industry.

3.6 Summary.

3.7 References.

Chapter 4: Structures and Strategies.

4.1 The Competitive Environment.

4.2 Diminishing Control.

4.3 Web 2.0-Driven Business Models.

4.4 The Sphere of Influence.

4.5 User Expectations.

4.6 Advertising.

4.7 Summary.

4.8 References.

Chapter 5: Strategic Opportunities.

5.1 Generic Business Strategies.

5.2 Quality Versus Cost: A Trade-Off.

5.3 'Lean Operator' and Beyond.

5.4 Summary.

5.5 References.

PART III: TECHNOLOGIES AND SERVICES.

Chapter 6: Enabling Technologies.

6.1 Core Network Technologies and Systems.

6.2 Access Network Technologies and Systems.

6.3 Consumer Products.

6.4 Summary.

6.5 References.

Chapter 7: Convergent Services and Systems.

7.1 Services on Mobile Terminals.

7.2 Television and Video Services.


7.3 Other Convergent Services.

7.4 Fixed-Mobile Convergence.

7.5 Summary.

7.6 References.

PART IV: BUSINESS PROCESSES IN CONVERGENT COMMUNICATIONS MARKETS.

Chapter 8: Management of Convergent Services.

8.1 Enterprise Software Environment.

8.2 Enterprise System Integration Challenges.

8.3 Enterprise Process Optimization.

8.4 Methodologies for Business Process Optimization.

8.5 Summary.

8.6 References.

Chapter 9: New Business Opportunities.

9.1 The Network - a Managed Dynamic Business Asset.

9.2 Knowledge Based Organisations.

9.3 Opportunities in Outsourcing.

9.4 Summary.

9.5 References.

Chapter 10: Management of User Expectations.

10.1 Mobile Terminals and Convergence of Services.

10.2 Control of End-User QoE.

10.3 Terminal Characteristics and User Preferences.

10.4 CSP Crossroads.

10.5 Summary.

10.6 References.

Chapter 11: Billing and Convergent Charging.

11.1 Convergent Charging System Architecture.

11.2 Standardized Charging and Billing Frameworks.

11.3 Data Sources in Charging and Billing Systems.

11.4 Summary.

11.5 References.

PART V: CONVERGENCE AND BEYOND.

Chapter 12: Innovation and New Opportunities.

12.1 Categories of Innovation.

12.2 Methods to Facilitate Innovation.

12.3 Innovation Frameworks.

12.4 Convergence of Experience.

12.5 Future Trends.

12.6 Summary.

12.7 References.

Chapter 13: The Future of Communications.

13.1 A Different Paradigm.

13.2 The New Challenges.

13.3 The New Horizons.

13.4 Summary.

13.5 References.

Index.
Convergence: User Expectations, Communications Enablers and Business Opportunities offers a user-centric and business-oriented analysis of the rapidly changing communications industry. Clear summaries of key technology areas provide the backdrop for an extensive analysis of the expectations set by users and the challenges and opportunities this presents to companies.
The process of convergence is characterized by complex interactions between different technical fields, business areas and end-user relations, where traditional telecommunications services, internet-based services and media broadcast services are blending into a continuum of rich new offerings. With these changes the existing hardwired links between user services and specific industry segments are rapidly dissolving.
* Presents guide to end-user market trends and expectations
* Includes models and analysis of new industry structures and dynamics
* Contains comprehensive discussion of innovation as a business driver
* Provides wide range of references to reflect the cross-disciplinary scope of convergence
* Offers motivation and suggestions for refocus of key business strategies

Convergence bridges the fields of business, economics, technology and social studies and analyses business models and practices from across a range of industry segments. the wide scope makes the book an ideal text for technically-minded executives, business-oriented engineers and anyone with an interest in the intricacies of the convergence triggered market changes.

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