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UK | European Communications | 28. August 2015

The strategic questions telcos must consider to succeed in smart cities

Smart city initiatives are constantly evolving around the globe. At present, more than 100 cities are implementing some kind of smart solution within their ecosystem and by 2020, Arthur D. Little predicts that the global market will grow to a whopping size of more than $2 trillion. Telecommunication players around the world are engaging in the smart-city context – but, as of today, mostly as “connectivity suppliers” rather than significant drivers of overarching smart-city initiatives. In this article, a guest feature written by Ansgar Schlautmann, Global Head of the “Innovative Business Designs” competence Center at Arthur D. Little, Ansgar discusses the strategic questions that operators need to consider in order to tap into the smart-city opportunity.

UK | | 27. August 2015

Smart City market revenues to grow to 2 trillion by 2020

This online feature article is adapted from Arthur D. Little’s recent Viewpoint on telecommunication providers as enablers for Smart Cities. Arthur D. Little research predicts that Smart City revenues are expected to increase by almost 14% in the coming years, growing to $2 trillion by 2020 and helping to improve GDP growth by up to 15%. In its report, Arthur D. Little considers the development of Smart Cities; and a number of key success factors in the development to being fully integrated.

UK | Nutraceutical Business Review | 05. August 2015

Embracing the Consumer Health Opportunity

This online feature article is adapted from Arthur D. Little’s recent Viewpoint on ‘Embracing the Consumer Health Opportunity. Healthcare is no longer solely a business sector for companies in traditional life science core industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology and diagnostics. It is rapidly becoming an interdisciplinary arena that is of interest to businesses from many other industries, such as R&D-driven food and beverage companies, consumer electronics, telecoms, housing/real estate and retail. This is because of the increasing sophistication of consumers, combined with the drive towards healthier lifestyles, which is leading to the creation of new, cross-industry business opportunities.

Germany | Wirtschaftswoche | 04. August 2015

The offerings of Germany's best airports

Passengers expect a wide range of entertainment offers when they visit airports. “Shopping miles” and restaurant and visitor platforms are already common. Airports are on the verge of becoming adventure worlds for passengers. The German newspaper Wirtschaftswoche examined the country’s 10 biggest airports and how the offers fit into the self-image of airports. The airports in Frankfurt, Munich and Hanover were listed at the top of the ranking, while the capital’s airport, Berlin-Tegel, failed in the categories comfort, processes and flight offerings and was listed in the bottom position.

Experts have little doubt that additional offerings that improve customers’ comfort, such as shopping and restaurants, are the future of aviation. Aurelia Bettati, partner at Arthur D. Little, highlights that some airports earn more than 50% of their revenues from retail. This development is forecast to increase within the next years. Modernizations and new concepts are meant to make the customer experience more pleasant. Airports will also focus more on business people. Lounges, conference rooms and office services are among the services of the future.

Germany | ew-aktuell | 30. Juli 2015

Europe’s energetic future

Matthias von Bechtolsheim, partner in Arthur D. Little’s energy and utilities practice, was interviewed about the French energy turnaround. The French government recently passed a law to increase the usage of renewable energies, and nuclear energy is planned to be reduced from 75% to 50%. von Bechtolsheim highlights that Germany’s measures, taken in 2011, could be a role model for other countries in Europe.

However, the French actions go far beyond the German plans in some areas. France will expand the usage of electronic cars significantly. To support that process, the government has implemented monetary incentives to raise demand, and is planning to invest in development of an infrastructure. von Bechtolsheim points out that the French plans may be a first step towards a European energy union, which is a long-term goal for Europe. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go to realize a union. Among the obstacles are the heterogeneous market concepts within the different countries and the legal requirements for energy efficiency.

Germany | kfz betrieb | 22. Juli 2015

"It will take longer than 2020, but the future belongs to e-mobility"

Thomas Becker, Associate Director for Automotive and Mobility at Arthur D. Little, has little doubt that electric vehicles will form the future of mobility. Nevertheless, he is pessimistic about the governmental goal of 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020. Currently Germany is far behind its own ambitions. Becker points out that other nations such as Norway, the Netherlands and China have experienced a national e-mobility boom due to lavish public subsidies and incentives. German customers are restricted by the high costs of electric cars. Lack of infrastructure and low coverage also prevent a breakthrough.
Nevertheless, Becker is optimistic that the advantages of electric cars will soon lead to an increase in urban areas. Lately private investors have started to expand the infrastructure. Even though this might also be a good marketing strategy for discounters such as Aldi, Becker still believes in their function as role models. A better public infrastructure is the key to greener mobility. Furthermore, Becker is confident that new technologies are going to improve the opportunities for electronic cars. Recently several fuel cell cars were launched that may offer advantages over longer distances because of their higher range.

UK | Consultancy UK | 15. Juli 2015

Arthur D. Little: Gulf between Promised Solar Capacity

This article about the potential of the Gulf region to adopt solar energy is based on Arthur D. Little’s report, “GCC Solar Energy: Turning Plans into Reality.” The region has the means, particularly all-day sunshine, to harness solar energy, but it has a long way to go, according to the article. Countries across the Gulf region, particularly Saudi Arabia, have announced big plans to tap solar energy, but few of these plans have come to fruition. The report authors say the region needs government backing, clear roles between players, well-defined policy initiatives, and strong R&D efforts to move the plans into reality.

UK | Computer Weekly | 15. Juli 2015

Nordic Region has Most Connected “Things” Per Person

This article about the strong influence of the Nordic region on the development of the Internet of Things and Industrial Internet of Things draws heavily from Arthur D. Little’s “Connected Things” report, published jointly with TeliaSonera. The report puts the region in a top position to take advantage of opportunities generated by the IoT, citing the Nordics’ high Internet penetration, stable regulatory environment, vibrant user community, and four-to-one ratio of connected things per person compared with the rest of the world. The fastest-growing segments of the IoT in the Nordics are connected people, connected things, and connected buildings.

UK | Financial Times | 10. Juli 2015

Telecoms groups invest in data networks to underpin consolidation

In this article about telecoms companies moving to updating their network technology to meet the demand for super-fast broadband, Arthur D. Little’s joint report with Bell Labs, “Reshaping the Future with NFV and SDN” is quoted. The report predicts that demand for super-fast broadband will drive telecoms revenues, but that telecoms companies need to invest in those networks. This is particularly important when moving from switch-based networks to IP networks. Modernizing networks could save European telecoms companies €14bn per year, as well as €25bn per year in cutting operating costs, according to the report. Jesus Portal, partner at ADL, is quoted confirming this – it will not be easy for the European telecoms industry to bring networking into the cloud era, but the rewards will be significant.

UK | Reuters | 07. Juli 2015

Germany Clinches Coal Deal after Months of Squabbling

Arthur D. Little partner Matthias von Bechtolsheim is quoted in this article about the German government’s plans to abandon a levy on coal-fired power plants but reduce brown-coal power production. von Bechtolsheim says that power stations are important for ensuring power supply in winter, and that some plants may have been closed up for good with Germany’s movement toward increased renewable energy. According to the article, many experts, such as those at ADL, believe that levying coal plants may push energy production into other European countries.