Market Insight: Jio Platforms and Facebook Driving Digital India

Facebook's recent investment and partnership with Jio Platforms was met with a great deal of media and industry excitement. This move was widely touted as a coming of age of Digital India. The largest US tech companies such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft are looking to expand their global fortunes in the new digital economic frontier that is India with its 1.32 billion large consumer market. What is really at stake here and what does it mean in the broader context of India's economic digitization?

Industry Insight: COVID-19 Tests China’s Resiliency

We have come a long way in a short time since COVID-19 emerged from Wuhan, China late last year. The virus has stealthily yet rapidly evolved from a provincial epidemic to a pandemic that is suffocating the largest and the smallest of economies around the globe.

Industry Insight: China’s Trade “Win-Win” and the Phase 2 Trade Deal

While the White House has touted a major victory in the trade war with China with the signing of a so-called “Phase One” deal, it was difficult not to notice the very visible absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping himself. Instead, the Trump Administration received a congratulatory letter from President Trump’s Chinese counterpart read by Vice Premier Liu He, a level-three member of the Chinese Politburo.

5G Americas Analyst Forum 2018: Key Takeaways

neXt Curve principal, Akshay Sharma, attended 5G Americas held in Dallas, Texas.  5G Americas is an industry trade organization headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers with a mission to advocate for the advancement of LTE wireless technologies and their evolution to 5G. Attendees included the leadership of mobile carriers in the Americas, executives from the network equipment vendors, and leading analysts from the global analyst community.

Industry Insight: Holistic Security is Key to Meet the Digital Security Threats of Today & Tomorrow

On October 4th, 2018, Bloomberg's Businessweek released a report alleging that Chinese spies implanted a "malicious chip" into server motherboards assembled by Super Micro Computer Inc. (Supermicro), a U.S.-based Original Device Manufacturer (ODM) that manufactures servers used in hyperscale data…

The Digital Gap: Boardroom Leadership & Governance

Corporate boards of today are challenged with understanding the opportunities and the risks and threats presented by "Digital".  As cybersecurity incidents and privacy issues from the Sony hack to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica debacle increase in number and severity, board rooms cannot afford to not know.  neXt Curve hosted a discussion with USC Marshall School of Business professor, Bob Zukis on the urgency for digital savvy and competency in the board room.

Industry Insight: iOS 12 Gave Apple a Massive Ecosystem Advantage

When the latest series of iPhones are released, we love to see how they measure up to the competition.  The comparative evaluations are typically based on specs - number of cores, processor clock speed, RAM, removable storage - and increasingly on performance benchmark scores.  But what about the value that customers receive over the life of the device.  iOS 12 is enabling Apple to do something no other mobile device manufacturer is remotely able to do - keep your six-year old iPhone up to date and relevant.

The Democratization of 5G Everything

The original telco central offices of the past had legacy mainframe-like telephone switches with legacy voice features, which was ideal in the 1980’s and 1990’s but are archaic today. With VoIP over LTE in the cloud, these local offices can be re-architected into 5G nano-datacenters that provide very low latency fixed and mobile access and distributed edge computing that will enable new and innovative hyperconverged IT/CT applications and services that avail new business models and network monetization opportunities for operators.

The Future-Proof Organization

As businesses face increasingly rapid and volatile dynamics of change, business leaders are challenged to continuously shift and (re)position their organizations for survival. With change coming from a multitude of different vectors, what can leaders do to “future-proof” their organizations and win in a digital economy?

Industry Insight: What Wall Street Does Not Understand About Apple

Yesterday, Apple hit a major valuation milestone becoming the first $1 trillion public company. Many Wall Street analysts and market pundits are calling it an important milestone.  Well, apparently Tim Cook doesn’t think so.  But it is a time to reflect on how the investor community and Wall Street have gotten Apple wrong consistently for quite some time.  And they continue to get Apple wrong as they continue to characterize Apple as an iPhone company or a consumer product company, or a hardware company.

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