The consolidation of revenue assurance vendors continues apace. Portugese business WeDo Consulting has acquired Irish firm Cape Technologies for EUR17m (US$24.3m), rising to EUR20m (US$28.6m) if performance targets are met. Read the press release from WeDo here. This ends a long spell of rumours about the future for the Dublin-headquartered Cape. One of Cape’s largest customers commented today: “I wasn’t surprised.” WeDo is boasting it will become the world leader in revenue assurance thanks to its 370 employees, though it remains to be seen whether the “merger” as the parties are describing it, really will have no impact on headcount in the long run.
Archive for September, 2007
I see the consultants behind the Global Revenue Assurance Professional’s Association (GRAPA) are still up to their old tricks. Whilst promising their members they are “vendor-free” and that “only employees of telcos can join” they conveniently forget to mention that the staff of the association are identical to the staff of the XiT consulting business founded by GRAPA’s president, Rob Mattison. So it is no surprise to see one of the questions they ask prospective members:
It would be pretty funny if it was not so shameless. Why would an association that does not sell anything need to know about whether telcos intend to buy consulting? Only because it helps XiT with its marketing, that is why.
Next up from GRAPA is a benchmarking project. Guess what they will be asking – how big the telco is, what products it offers etc. In other words, the questions are identical to the ones that marketeers go through when getting information about their sales prospects. How convenient that GRAPA members will be asked to supply all the information in the name of “benchmarking”, saving XiT the trouble of doing any sales research.
Power line communication is the use of electricity lines to convey electronic communications. Though there are technical difficulties, the potential benefits are enormous. Instead of rolling out separate telecoms infrastructure, PLC means remote places already connected to the electricity grid might quickly and easily be connected. In addition, the power lines within a house mean that you could communicate with virtually any device plugged into the wall. As well as making 1950′s “house of tomorrow” predictions come true – imagine your fridge going on-line and ordering you food from the supermarket – that would have immediate and significant benefits in terms of metering electricity use, balancing load, and hence reducing electricity consumption and carbon emissions. The potential benefits for the developing world are also great. Whilst they are leapfrogging to mobile technology, and hence seeing huge growth in the wireless sector, internet penetration is not growing as fast. If the internet could be supplied via existing power lines, then even remote parts of the developing world would have access to all the information resources that the internet has to offer. Look here for an excellent overview of the status and potential of PLC, written by a Kenyan author.