On the eve of the Mobile world congress – a very insightful post – where did it all go wrong for Europe ..

On the eve of the Mobile world congress – a very insightful post from the Guardian – where did it all go wrong for Europe .

This is sad but tough ..

“Europe has become the ‘flyover states’ of the mobile industry,” says a ¬≠senior European executive, referring to the disparaging term used to describe middle America by high-powered business travellers shuttling between California and New York. “All the service innovation is being done on the west coast of the US, and all the manufacturing and technical innovation is being done in the Far East. All we’re doing is selling other people’s products.”

Mark Newman says ..

“As soon as the mobile business opened itself up in such a way that internet technology could become available on mobile networks, that was the end,” according to Mark Newman, chief research officer at Informa Telecoms & Media. “Maybe Europe had a chance but it blew it, in my view, because there are too many sets of interests, each so obsessed with their own sphere of influence that they could not co-operate.

In other words .. Walled Gardens!

And more ..

“You had operators and device manufacturers never pulling in the same direction, and I cannot see any way in which Europe can regain the ascendancy. Essentially the future of communication services is that people want access to the cloud of services called the internet.”

The industry did see it coming. It tried several times to create a mobile internet that was not going to be beholden to the American giants. In the late 1990s, a pared-down wireless internet service called WAP was being pushed by several GSM operators. Customers, many of whom were used to dial-up internet access, were unconvinced and soon started summing up the service by replacing the “w” with “cr”.

I could not agree more that: Essentially the future of communication services is that people want access to the cloud of services called the internet.”

This means many names we take for granted will not be dominant anymore ..

Comments

  1. Martin says:

    Totally agree.
    Would be interesting to hear what you think will be the role of european companies in internet software now that mobile and pc internet has become one.
    There are clearly a lot of startups and interesting services coming from europe today (check out http://flattr.com/beta/) but none of them make it big like facebook or google.
    What are Europeans strengths in business and especially in sw business?

  2. stevie boy says:

    We have the walled garden par excellence… Come on in the lawn is lovely!