is this Project about
It is becoming
apparent that in the new, highly competitive, converged information and communication
industry the TelCo business emphasis is changing from network access provision to service
and content provision. Furthermore, the evolution and domination of mobile access
technologies will make services and content practically independent of the access. Unless
the TelCos address these issues they risk losing their interface with customer. TelCos
will therefore have to understand how to use and manage the virtual distribution channels
or Portals as well as their physical distribution channels.
The Portals concept is currently coming to the attention of
business planners. A clear understanding of the development of Portals is exceedingly
important for all EURESCOM Shareholders. Participating in this Study, the Shareholders are
offered the option to benefit from better understanding of the strategic roles of Portals
in the industry value creation process.
What are the key
results of this Project?
The main objectives for this Study are to:
- Define which customer needs Portals should fulfil in a
future networked multimedia value creation process (e.g. to point out the differences
between virtual and physical distribution channels for retail stores, etc.)
- Identify the extent to which Portals differ from each other
and thereafter classify the portal services into distinct categories (e.g.
commercial/non-commercial, public/limited membership, etc.) and identify which of these
categories are strategically important for TelCos.
- Identify the major technical, competitive and societal
trends emerging in the networked multimedia environment, and the uncertainties associated
with the various drivers of change.
- Build scenarios based on these uncertainties and forecast
the market development in the different Portal categories over the next five years (taking
the business interests of TelCos into account as well as operator services and mobile
- Key success criteria for building a successful Portal
service (i.e. e.g. to create/maintain customer loyalty), while taking into account future
- Show the business implications of the evolution of Portals
for TelCos strategy (e.g. by means of SWOT analysis).