Mike Flanagan

Operators could build LBS case by flogging user data

Location based services have been on the operator radar for a decade or more and have been the next big thing for most of that time. Still looking for a opportunity to build an ecosystem around the sector, it’s now been suggested that carriers can sell their anonymised user data to thitrd parties. According to research released this week, that model represents an $11bn opportunity by 2016.

Operators could save $550m in opex by powering down base stations

Mobile operators could wipe a collective $550m+ off their annual opex costs simply by using data they already have access to to power down redundant base stations. Data released by network performance vendor Arieso indicates that what’s bad for the operators’ pocket is also bad for the environment. According to CTO Mike Flanagan, 3.5bn KWh of electrical power is wasted generating signals in low-demand areas at off-peak times. That equates to 1.9m tonnes of CO2e, or the equivalent of 478,000 cars on the road.

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