Archive of the Best and Worst of 2009 Category

Best of 2009: Defining the year for Connected Planet

For our staff, 2009 was the year of:

Introducing the brand Connected Planet: We came into existence, ending the hundred-year run of Telephony – because of course there’s much more to today’s networks than voice – and charting off to cover the same industry but new territories.

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Happy New Year! Thank you for your continued readership. Here’s to a great and prosperous 2010.

Best of 2009: It wasn’t all about Apple

Apple was a catalyst for a lot in 2009, but there are some trends the software giant can’t take credit for:

  •  New “wholesale” markets like CDN and mobile backhaul emerging as hot growth areas
  •  Network equipment vendors overnight turning into outsourced network operators
  •  DPI and policy entering the network in a big way – adding intelligence to the network
  •  Vertical solution areas – most notably smart grids – emerging as key driver of network growth
  •  The acceleration of 4G

The great android v. Apple debate after the break… more

Best of 2009: Things you can (and can’t) blame the economy for

Justified or not, the bad economy was everyone’s favorite scapegoat in 2009:

  •  The fact that service providers can’t out-innovate Web and media companies when it comes to content and applications.
  •  That you didn’t make your sales quote or Wall Street guidance – and your competitor did (there are still good and bad employees and companies, even in a downturn)
  •  Apple can sell smartphones despite the economy, yet no one else can sell them because of it

More after the break, including our readers’ responses… more

Best of 2009: Top feuds

Sometimes competition can turn into all-out feud:

  •  AT&T – Verizon “map” advertising wars. AT&T failed when it tried shut VZW down in court, and the commercials just keep getting juicer.
  •  Verizon CEO to Hulu: “You’ll be dead in 2 years”

More after the break… more

Best of 2009: Web trends service providers shouldn’t ignore

If it’s booming on the Web now, service providers better take note:

  •  Real-time everything – when Google added “real-time search” to its listings in December, the Web moved from static/archive to a living, breathing thing.
  •  Online TV and video – with any business model and from any source.

More after the break, including our readers’ responses… more

Best of 2009: Connected Planet staffs’ favorite mobile apps

In addition to our mobile phones, in 2009 we were addicted to:

  •  Real mobile browsers – starting with iPhone but by year end available on most smartphones (though Blackberry and WinMo browsers still lag) – Editor in Chief Rich Karpinski
  •  Google Goggles – Executive News Editor Ed Gubbins
  •  Seafood Watch – Is the tuna that looks so good at the supermarket actually endangered? – Senior Editor Kevin Fitchard
  •  Words with Friends on the iPhone 3G. It’s not groundbreaking; just free Scrabble on your phone. It has made an honest Scrabbler out of me. – Associate News Editor Sarah Reedy

More favorites from our smartphone holdouts after the break… more

Best of 2009: Most overhyped technologies

In our humble opinion, these technologies got way too much attention in 2009:

More after the break, including our readers’ responses… more

Best of 2009: Most interesting exits; foot-in-mouth moments

In 2009, some companies adhered to the philosophy ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, leave the market’:

The biggest foot-in-mouth moments after the break… more

Best of 2009: New services we’d like to see

Call it wishful thinking, but we’d love to see some new – and promised – services in 2010; and not just from Google either:

  •  Completely cloud-based media: photos, music, books, etc.
  •  Augmented reality for mobile goes mainstream
  •  Social search. We want our search engines to anticipate our every move and respond accordingly.

More after the break, including our readers’ responses… more

Best of 2009: Lessons learned overseas

Not every trend starts in the developed markets and trickles down to emerging markets; some trickle up:

  •  Mobile money matters.
  •  Customers will pay rationally for mobile service – prepaid, tiered pricing, etc – if you ask them. But if you just offer them the world (unlimited usage) it’s hard to take it back from them.

More after the break… more

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