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High Throughput Satellites (detailed report)

High Throughput Satellites (detailed report)

Delivering Future Capacity Needs

Advances in satellite communications technology in recent years have led to a significant increase in throughput delivered from a raft of new ‘High Throughput Satellite’ (HTS) systems. More than a dozen such satellites have been launched in recent years and several more will go into orbit in the coming years. These satellites support diverse user requirements and use cases – from ‘connecting the unconnected’ to providing secure and resilient communications to industries, SMEs and all end users.

In this extended commercial and technical white paper we explore in particular the performance tradeoffs, and note the growing importance of higher frequency systems, given the significant spectrum allocations and high performance in key deployment areas. HTS systems offer a step change in bandwidth delivery to support a host of diverse customer requirements. The raft of systems launched must balance tradeoffs that affect system performance, user experience and cost of service, which are extensively modelled and reviewed.  This report highlights that the choices available in terms of geographic footprint, performance and cost are many, so it is increasingly important for users to carefully consider their actual use case requirements.

We would also like to thank Prof. Michel Bousquet, of Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace, Toulouse, and Avanti Communications  for their collaboration and support in the development of this paper.

In addition to this detailed whitepaper, an executive summary version is available.

Datum: Juli 2015

Datei herunterladen: ADL_High_Throughput_Satellites-Main_Report_01.pdf (.PDF, 1.5 MB)

Managing Global Production Networks

Managing Global Production Networks

Study Results June 2015

Global megatrends create transformation pressure  on the manufacturing industry and their global production networks. Our recent study on “Managing global production networks” analyzed how companies are achieving high performing  production networks e.g. by managing network goals, network structure and network coordination. It became obvious that  today’s global competition requires companies to strengthen network capabilities vs. a site capabilities and are able to constantly evolve the network design to respond to the dynamic market in an agile way. Key discipline is the strategic management  of the network with a holistic optimization of the entire network. There is a clear requirement of a higher degree of centralization and standardization whilst meeting local requirements at the same time. High performing companies have established a regular knowledge transfer between the plants and a regular KPI-based performance measurement of the entire network.

Datum: Juni 2015

Datei herunterladen: ADL_ProductionNetworkStudy_01.pdf (.PDF, 876 Kb)

Urban Logistics

Urban Logistics

How to unlock value from last mile delivery for cities, transporters and retailers

Today, 64% of all travel happens within urban environments, and the total amount of urban kilometers traveled is expected to triple by 2050. A similar trend is anticipated in terms of urban goods distribution, with e-commerce being the fastest-growing driver of urban deliveries, which also impacts the length and fragmentation of urban logistics flows. As a growing number of vehicles in urban areas implies increased congestion, air pollution and noise, which negatively impact traffic safety, quality of life and urban economic competitiveness, more and more cities are experiencing issues related to last mile delivery of goods.

Last mile delivery of goods is a difficult issue to apprehend, as it involves several levels of complexity. In addition to the heterogeneity of the goods transported and of the means of transportation, urban logistics encompass diverse levers and multiple stakeholders.

Datum: Juni 2015

Datei herunterladen: ADL_Urban_Logistics_01.pdf (.PDF, 478 Kb)

Digitale Signaturen

Digitale Signaturen

Auf dem Weg zu einem digitalen Europa

Lösungen für digitale Signaturen ersetzen schnell papier-basierte Unterschriften und haben das Potenzial, signatur-bezogene Prozesse zu dominieren. Die hauptsächlichen Vorzüge dieser Technologie schließen eine gesteigerte Effizienz, geringere Kosten und höhere Kundenzufriedenheit ein.

Prozesse, die noch immer eine handgeschriebene Unterschrift benötigen, verzögern die Wirtschaftlichkeit, steigern die Komplexität durch Archivierung und belasten die Umwelt durch die Nutzung von Papier. Unternehmen neigen aus diesen Gründen verstärkt dazu, sich mit digitalen Unterschriften zu befassen. Die Finanzbranche hat sich als erste der Entwicklung und Anwendung von Lösungen für Digitale Signaturen zugewendet. Andere, wie etwa Telekommunikation, Handel, Versorgung, Notariate oder das Gesundheitswesen, werden schnell folgen, weil die Vorzüge dieser neuen Technologie – insbesondere höhere Effizienz, geringere Kosten und größere Kundenzufriedenheit - nicht auf bestimmte Branchen limitiert sind. Obwohl Lösungen für Digitale Signaturen klare Vorteile bieten, müssen sie dennoch einige Herausforderungen bewältigen. Dazu gehören die Anpassung der bestehenden Systeme und Prozesse an die neue Technologie, Bedenken hinsichtlich der Akzeptanz durch Geschäftspartner und die vermeintlich hohen Kosten.

Dieser Report basiert auf einer Befragung von 50 Marktexperten in Europa durch Arthur D. Little sowie einer umfassenden begleitenden Marktanalyse. Der Bericht beinhaltet einen Überblick über die Technologie der Digitalen Signatur, das gegenwärtige und zukünftige Marktpotential sowie die Vorteile und Herausforderungen, die damit verbunden sind. Verschiedene Beispiele für praktische Anwendungen der Digitalen Signatur werden vorgestellt.

Datum: Juni 2015

Datei herunterladen: 20150608_ADL_DigitalSignatures_german.pdf (.PDF, 418 Kb)

GCC Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality

GCC Solar Energy: Turning plans into reality

How to renew the lost momentum?

The potential for solar energy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is indisputable. Underpinned by the acute need to find alternative energy sources to reduce the opportunity cost of burning fossil-fuels, as well as the requirements to drive economic development, employment and technology intensive industries, the “solar industry” is no longer a sector this region can afford to ignore and not develop.

Acknowledging this, the region has announced ambitious plans to exploit the solar-energy opportunities in the last half-decade. However, these ambitions have not yet been realized into action. Despite the announcements in the past to kick-start the sector, actual deployment is still at its nascent stage, and the share of the GCC’s solar-energy capacity remains paltry (only < 0.5% of the installed generation capacity in the GCC in 2014). Saudi Arabia’s conspicuous absence in this sector, despite the country’s high potential, is particularly noteworthy. In this article, we provide a report on the GCC’s progress, identify root causes of the delayed deployment and suggest steps to turn the ambition into reality.

Datum: Juni 2015

Datei herunterladen: ADL_RenewableEnergy_01.pdf (.PDF, 594 Kb)

Airports 4.0

Airports 4.0

Impact of Digital Transformation on Airport Economics

Airports are at the fore-front of global challenges and innovations of our society and business, among which Digital Transformation. Arthur D. Little highlights the impact of Digital Transformation on Airport Economics.

Datum: Mai 2015

Datei herunterladen: 2015-05-Arthur_D_Little_T_T-Impact_of_Digital_on_Airport_Business_Model_01.pdf (.PDF, 450 Kb)

Reshaping the future with NFV and SDN

Reshaping the future with NFV and SDN

The impact of new technologies on carriers and their networks

A geographically diverse set of Tier 1 carriers is driving initiatives to standardize critical components of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networks (SDN). Led by AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, NTT, Telefonica and Verizon, among others, these carriers hope to bring new technologies first developed and proven in the data center into their networks. The excitement over NFV and SDN has created renewed interest in the networking business and has fanned debate regarding potential winners and losers. So far, however, there has been only limited analysis of the potential economic and competitive impact of these technologies on the network, operations and the bottom-line.

This joint white paper by Arthur D. Little and Bell Labs aims to fill that gap. It offers our views on the network of the future and discusses the value of fusing carrier networks with the cloud ecosystem, as enabled by these technologies. These changes are both an opportunity and a necessity for telecom operators — and for those that get it right, it will be a game changer.

Datum: Mai 2015

Datei herunterladen: ADL_BellLabs_2015_Reshapingthefuture_01.pdf (.PDF, 954 Kb)

Telecom and Media

Telecom and Media

How to ride the OTT wave

The telecom and media space is going through significant changes as the way we consume media evolves. In 2014, the move to content digitalization accelerated and we received confirmation of the emergence of key players in the video and music distribution industry.

These new players include Internet giants such as Google, as well as YouTube, Amazon, Apple and Netflix.

Traditional TV and radio players are facing this rising competition on multiple content segments, mainly on price. Also, with the rise of on-demand programs, there is less value in aggregating a large number of channels. Additionally, this new competition increases the prices of premium content.

Leading traditional audio-visual media groups should be able to adapt, fending off pure OTT competition by launching their own OTT services and leveraging their key assets, such as brand, relationships with content providers, technical skills, and last but not least, intimate and long-established relationships with their customer bases. Telecom operators can also create value, monetizing their network by benefiting from the rise in online video usage in two core ways:

  • Charging customers for faster speeds and/or data traffic.
  • Monetizing their network assets with global OTTs.

In this report, which draws from more than 110 interviews with executives from the telecom, media and Internet sector, we focus on the evolution of audio and video content delivery, and on the relationships between the major players in this ecosystem.

If you would like your own full copy of the 14th edition of the joint annual report by Exane BNP Paribas-Arthur D. Little, please contact Isabelle Tisserant.

Datum: Mai 2015

Datei herunterladen: ADL-ExaneBNPParibas_2015_TelcoMediaOtt_ExecSum_02.pdf (.PDF, 370 Kb)

Media & Entertainment: Flow of Funds

Media & Entertainment: Flow of Funds

Trends and developments in the UK

The UK Media and Entertainment sector has exhibited solid growth to reach GBP 39.1 bn by the end of 2013. Consumer spending on media and entertainment accounted for more than half the total industry inflows, though the proportion coming from advertising is now growing strongly. Both segments exhibit a strong shift towards digitization. Within product genres, and when combining online and offline spend, TV/Video and Gaming exhibit overall revenue growth, whereas Music/Radio and Newspapers/Magazines remain in decline.

Several trends and developments help to distinguish the UK market:

  • Consumers relentless adoption of new device formats and new services, coupled with multi-tasking and media stacking, means UK citizens now spend more than 11 hours of ‘effective’ time every day using communication and media services.
  • Content distributors, including the BBC, are gearing up to respond to these trends, and the generational shifts that underlie them.
  • The continued cross-sector battle between Telecoms and Media giants BT and Sky is exacerbating contents rights inflation, and other actors – notably ITV – are investing heavily in content production.
  • Dynamic new segments like videogaming – where UK-based studios truly create world class content – are growing resiliently and are significant developers of talent, as well as major exporters.

In this report, Arthur D. Little has analyzed the payment flows between the various industry actors. It is apparent the recent beneficiaries have been the contents and rights owners, whereas retailers of physical media have been the hardest hit and are forced to radically adapt their footprints and business models.

Looking forward, we expect continued growth, propelled by further increases in population, advertising spending and take-up of online services. This, coupled with foreign currency effects, will place the UK media and entertainment market well ahead of aggregated European peers in Euro terms for the foreseeable future.

Datum: Mai 2015

Datei herunterladen: ADL_Flow_of_Funds_UK_01.pdf (.PDF, 1.9 MB)

French media in the crisis: storm or tsunami?

French media in the crisis: storm or tsunami?

Arthur D. Little France Media Flow of Funds

The French media market is undergoing a profound transformation as a result of the economic crisis, but also because of structural changes such as the development of digital media and the emergence of new forms of consumption.

With its unique Media Flow of Funds methodology Arthur D. Little provides insight into the speed and main beneficiaries of this transformation.

Datum: Februar 2015

Datei herunterladen: ADL_FlowOfFundsFrance_english_02.pdf (.PDF, 1.7 MB)