Sunday, November 13, 2005

An interesting quote from British Telecom

Ben Verwaayen, chief executive of British Telecom (BT) in an interview published in the International Herald Tribute ( – the content is free, I recommend it, but read it too rarely :( ):
"I firmly believe this is an industry that has to reinvent its reason for existing. Companies will have to change what they need to sell, change how they sell, and therefore change their culture."

Note that Nils Melngailis, the CEO of Lattelekom, is a fan of BT, and he seems to be doing some reinventing of his own : business process outsourcing, IPTV, letting go of voice in favor of a long-range plan to have DSL as the basic platform with multiple services (many on a revenue sharing basis for content) and voice simply as one feature of broadband.


mik said...

Juris, are there any news on fixed-rate GPRS/EDGE/UMTS offerings?

I just found this information about Poland in Wikipedia: "In April 2005, Era GSM launched another UMTS network in Warsaw, providing cheap (about 20 euros per month) internet access, among other 3G services."

It's so sad that we still don't have anything like that. How long do you think it will take? What is your most realistic prognosis - 6 months? And who will be first to offer this nationwide, Triatel?

Juris Kaža said...

I think Triatel will launch its nomadic/mobile DSL speed service for a fixed rate soon. Then look for Bite to follow with fixed rate EDGE for around LVL 20 as was the rate in Lithuania.