Publications

Communications review: Drone-powered solutions

July 03, 2017

If telcos make the right investments now, they can reap a significant share of the estimated US$127bn drone market value.

Communications Review: The B2B enterprise telco market

June 28, 2017

How PwC can help global operators with complex, configured product and service portfolios, take the leap to the future of pricing.

Perspectives from the global entertainment & media outlook 2017–2021

June 07, 2017

As user experience takes centre stage, companies must develop strategies that engage, grow, and monetise their most valuable customers.

Fast track Network Virtualisation

May 12, 2017

Telecom Operators are gearing up investments to upgrade the core network and in IMS and VNF technologies, to ensure they are fit for purpose in an increasingly data rich world.

Communications Review: New accounting standards

April 27, 2017

There will be a triple-whammy of accounting changes taking place within a mere two years, and bringing major implications for telcos.

PwC TIAG perspectives: Accounting for customer premises equipment under IFRS 15 and IFRS 16

April 24, 2017

This paper examines two particular questions; how should an operator determine whether equipment is ‘distinct’ for the purpose of IFRS 15 and whether arrangements involving equipment contain a lease for the purpose of IFRS 16?

Communications Review: CEO succession in telcos

March 22, 2017

High turnover and dismissal rates reflect the industry’s hunger for consumer-savvy leadership from outside.

2017 Telecommunications Trends

March 09, 2017

The situation in the telecom industry is dire. But it is survivable, by intelligent, innovative companies that have the courage to fund essential modernization and the farsightedness to embrace new strategic identities suitable for their capabilities, market, and culture.

Communications industry: 20th CEO Survey

March 01, 2017

Over the past 20 years, Communications CEOs have witnessed astounding change within the industry – from analogue to 6G networks and the dawn of the internet of things – where we are now is incredible to think back on the past twenty years for mobile, satellite, cable and telecom companies. This year’s survey highlights the areas of growth, talent, technology, trust, and globalisation within the industry. We surveyed 43 CEOs who, for the most part, are relatively optimistic for their organisations as well as the industry’s future.

Software greases the wheels

February 23, 2017

From products to services: a survival guide for Technology, Media, and Telecommunications companies

Communications Review: Simplify, digitize, consolidate — or else. The new paradigm for telecoms

February 23, 2017

Achieving true digital maturity will be anything but simple. Learn how to form your digital strategy.

An industry at risk: Commoditization in the wireless telecom industry

February 22, 2017

Can telecom operators break out of the commoditisation trap? That depends on their willingness to take steps to more clearly differentiate their offerings.

Leveraging the upcoming disruptions from AI and IoT

February 15, 2017

To realise the full potential of IoT enablement, companies need to combine IoT with rapidly-advancing Artificial Intelligence technologies, which enable ‘smart machines’.

Extracting tax value from the Internet-of-Things

January 23, 2017

Why companies must consider tax up front when deciding on investments in IoT capabilities and services.

Communications Review - The software-defined carrier

December 22, 2016

How to expand SDN/NFV across the entire enterprise—first into the IT and data centre network, and then into the wider business.

Cutting the last cord: How the "disappearing" SIM card will liberate the consumer and scramble telco roles

December 22, 2016

The SIM card is going virtual — and the world of telecommunications companies is about to be turned upside down by its “disappearance". It will soon be replaced by a combination of built-in software and apps, known as an electronic SIM, or eSIM. With the physical card disappearing, the industry is entering a two- or three-year period of great flux, with large swaths of the telecommunications market potentially up for grabs.

Communications Review: Leading from the front: Redesigning the Finance function to support the digital telco of the future

November 21, 2016

How to redesign the Finance function to support the digital telco of the future.

Communications Review: Network operators making the most of the IoT

September 29, 2016

Why making the most of the IoT opportunity means looking beyond the network and leveraging other assets – like your OSS and BSS.

Communications Review - Building a data quality competency

July 20, 2016

Building a data quality competency in today’s digitised communications operator: not an option – but a business imperative.

2017 Global Telecommunications GAAP Summit

June 27, 2016

Thank you again for joining us at the 2017 PwC Global Telecommunications GAAP. You can find the presentation in this page.

Communications Review: The B2B enterprise telco market

June 28, 2017

How PwC can help global operators with complex, configured product and service portfolios, take the leap to the future of pricing.

Communications Review: New accounting standards

April 27, 2017

There will be a triple-whammy of accounting changes taking place within a mere two years, and bringing major implications for telcos.

PwC TIAG perspectives: Accounting for customer premises equipment under IFRS 15 and IFRS 16

April 24, 2017

This paper examines two particular questions; how should an operator determine whether equipment is ‘distinct’ for the purpose of IFRS 15 and whether arrangements involving equipment contain a lease for the purpose of IFRS 16?

Communications Review: CEO succession in telcos

March 22, 2017

High turnover and dismissal rates reflect the industry’s hunger for consumer-savvy leadership from outside.

Communications Review: Simplify, digitize, consolidate — or else. The new paradigm for telecoms

February 23, 2017

Achieving true digital maturity will be anything but simple. Learn how to form your digital strategy.

An industry at risk: Commoditization in the wireless telecom industry

February 22, 2017

Can telecom operators break out of the commoditisation trap? That depends on their willingness to take steps to more clearly differentiate their offerings.

Leveraging the upcoming disruptions from AI and IoT

February 15, 2017

To realise the full potential of IoT enablement, companies need to combine IoT with rapidly-advancing Artificial Intelligence technologies, which enable ‘smart machines’.

Extracting tax value from the Internet-of-Things

January 23, 2017

Why companies must consider tax up front when deciding on investments in IoT capabilities and services.

Communications Review - The software-defined carrier

December 22, 2016

How to expand SDN/NFV across the entire enterprise—first into the IT and data centre network, and then into the wider business.

Cutting the last cord: How the "disappearing" SIM card will liberate the consumer and scramble telco roles

December 22, 2016

The SIM card is going virtual — and the world of telecommunications companies is about to be turned upside down by its “disappearance". It will soon be replaced by a combination of built-in software and apps, known as an electronic SIM, or eSIM. With the physical card disappearing, the industry is entering a two- or three-year period of great flux, with large swaths of the telecommunications market potentially up for grabs.

Communications Review: Leading from the front: Redesigning the Finance function to support the digital telco of the future

November 21, 2016

How to redesign the Finance function to support the digital telco of the future.

Communications Review: Network operators making the most of the IoT

September 29, 2016

Why making the most of the IoT opportunity means looking beyond the network and leveraging other assets – like your OSS and BSS.

Communications Review - Building a data quality competency

July 20, 2016

Building a data quality competency in today’s digitised communications operator: not an option – but a business imperative.

IFRS15: An accounting change with profound impacts for communications operators–from the P&L to operations, pricing and marketing

June 22, 2016

The IFRS15 accounting standard on revenue recognition brings profound implications for communications companies’ operations.

The Six Forces Driving the Internet of Things

June 08, 2016

Advancements in information and operational technology are driving the next industrial revolution

Telecom in the Digital Revolution: Straining to move forward

June 08, 2016

Service providers struggle to balance the opportunities for global expansion with demands for regulation and privacy

The State of the Digital Revolution

June 08, 2016

PwC’s Digital Revolution Summit brought together players in the global service provider ecosystem.

Communications Review – Keystone behaviours: How communications operators can turn their culture into a driver of digital transformation

April 15, 2016

Transforming into a digital business is the most pressing challenge facing communications operators—yet organisational cultures are often perceived as barriers to change.

Five trends to watch in South East Asian Telecoms in 2016

April 12, 2016

In 2016, we expect a rocky road as the Telecom industry begins to grapple with a whole host of new industry challenges.

An industry focus on the impact of IFRS 16 – Communications

April 04, 2016

IFRS 16 will fundamentally change the accounting for lease transactions and is likely to have significant business implications for Telecoms.

Communications Review: The B2B enterprise telco market

June 28, 2017

How PwC can help global operators with complex, configured product and service portfolios, take the leap to the future of pricing.

Communications Review: New accounting standards

April 27, 2017

There will be a triple-whammy of accounting changes taking place within a mere two years, and bringing major implications for telcos.

PwC TIAG perspectives: Accounting for customer premises equipment under IFRS 15 and IFRS 16

April 24, 2017

This paper examines two particular questions; how should an operator determine whether equipment is ‘distinct’ for the purpose of IFRS 15 and whether arrangements involving equipment contain a lease for the purpose of IFRS 16?

Communications Review: CEO succession in telcos

March 22, 2017

High turnover and dismissal rates reflect the industry’s hunger for consumer-savvy leadership from outside.

Communications Review - The software-defined carrier

December 22, 2016

How to expand SDN/NFV across the entire enterprise—first into the IT and data centre network, and then into the wider business.

Communications Review: Leading from the front: Redesigning the Finance function to support the digital telco of the future

November 21, 2016

How to redesign the Finance function to support the digital telco of the future.

Communications Review: Network operators making the most of the IoT

September 29, 2016

Why making the most of the IoT opportunity means looking beyond the network and leveraging other assets – like your OSS and BSS.

Communications Review - Building a data quality competency

July 20, 2016

Building a data quality competency in today’s digitised communications operator: not an option – but a business imperative.

IFRS15: An accounting change with profound impacts for communications operators–from the P&L to operations, pricing and marketing

June 22, 2016

The IFRS15 accounting standard on revenue recognition brings profound implications for communications companies’ operations.

Communications Review – Keystone behaviours: How communications operators can turn their culture into a driver of digital transformation

April 15, 2016

Transforming into a digital business is the most pressing challenge facing communications operators—yet organisational cultures are often perceived as barriers to change.

‘Zero infrastructure – anything-as-a-service’: How CSPs can harness the full power of the cloud

January 05, 2016

A PwC article on how and why cloud is rapidly becoming the new core delivery model for provisioning business technology across leading CSPs' operations.

Opting in: How to win employee partners in mobile data analytics

October 23, 2015

A PwC article on the potential value of collecting data from employees and how to ensure they are willing participants.

Owning the Connected Home: Customer experience as the ultimate differentiator

September 21, 2015

A PwC article on business models for connected home services, why telcos and MSOs should offer them, and why customer experience is the key to success.

As telcos go digital, cybersecurity risks intensify

July 20, 2015

As telecoms pivot toward a more digital future, they will very likely encounter entirely new types of cybersecurity risks to data and applications.

Are Wi-Fi and 4G LTE on a collision course?

May 04, 2015

Mobile operators are facing a threat to their revenues as a result of Wi-Fi becoming ubiquitous. But with carrier-grade Wi-Fi, they have an opportunity to close coverage problems and give users a more managed experience.

Communications Review: Continuing to evolve

October 15, 2013

This issue of Communications Review has the theme of ‘continuing to evolve’ – focusing on emerging high-potential areas where operators have opportunities to get a head-start and leave their competitors trailing.

Communications Review: Discipline for growth

June 28, 2013

This edition of Communications Review explores the theme of ‘Discipline for growth’, with articles on fostering innovation; making strategic bets; and VAT 2015 changes; plus an interview with SmarTone’s CEO.

Communications Review: Going further

February 26, 2013

In this issue, we look at small cells and how enhancing the capacity and coverage of mobile networks and using existing spectrum more effectively can help operators meet the rising demand for data services and speed.

Communications review: New opportunities in familiar places

September 21, 2012

PwC examines revenue opportunities in channels or markets that telecom operators are already in or are exploring, but where they may not yet have quite the right focus or strategies.

Communications Review Telecoms in Africa: innovating and inspiring

June 13, 2012

This edition of Communications Review examines the social and economic impact that telecommunications have had on Africa over the past decade and discusses such issues as network performance, mobile payments, and how industry CEOs feel about the future.