The Sixth Two Pint Problem: The Adventures of the OTTs in Telco Land

Martyn Warwick
By Martyn Warwick

Mar 13, 2014

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Can traditional telcos compete and/or cooperate with OTT providers to unlock the value of the telco network, or do their different approaches just rule that out? In this sixth Two Pint problem-solving session, Martin Taylor, CTO of Metaswitch Networks, along with TelecomTV's Martyn Warwick and Ian Scales, try to solve one of the industry's long-standing puzzles. Telcos sell network services, OTTs give them away in return for attention. So far OTT + free tends to win. With ubiquitous IP, will telcos stand a better chance? 
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Back in the 19th Century, Sherlock Holmes, the world's first consulting detective, lived at 221B Baker Street in London. And sometimes even the great sleuth himself was baffled by the intricacies of a particular problem. When that happened he sat in his upstairs flat, cross-legged on a pile of cushions, and smoked and smoked and smoked until he had analysed, rationalised and solved the case - and fumigated the apartment. These were his famous "Two-Pipe Problems".
This TelecomTV series is called "A Two Pint Problem" and is filmed in a pub hard by Baker St. Each episode examines, over a beer or two rather than a pound of ready-rubbed shag tobacco, one of the problems facing the global comms industry in an era of unprecedented change.
As Holmes said, "Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person." We hope to prove this to be true.

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