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Telefonica UK CEO: Ubiquitous data connectivity - the gold of the 21st century economy

With economic, behavioural and social change upon us, the period of Big Data has already dawned, according to Telefonica UK CEO, Ronan Dunne, and the transformation to “ubiquitous data connectivity in the mobile world is,” he believes, “the biggest opportunity the telecommunications sector has ever had.” Although capitalising on this remains a challenge as well as an opportunity, and much rests on customer trust and increased digital confidence and literacy. 

Mr Dunne was speaking on Thursday, on the occasion of the publication of the 2013 DigiWorld Yearbook, entitled “Challenges of the digital world.” In homage to the title, he concurred that Telefonica, with the cancellation of its dividend last year, had suffered setbacks along with other European operators. But the company’s focus, he stressed, was on mobility and this is the key answer to the challenges of 4G and Big Data. 

The latter, he pronounced, has the potential to become the gold of the 21st century, with its truly transformational properties bringing change for the good, not just to the developed world but to the developing one too. 

Quoting the Barclay’s Online Business Outlook for 2013, Mr Dunne emphasised the strength of the UK’s digital position. A growth rate of 11.4% for the average online company and an overall UK growth rate currently of 0.2%, means that the online sector has outstripped the overall economy by a factor of 57 times. 

He went on to stress the enormous advantages of 4G, with its potential for true digitisation in the way people work and the way they live their lives. “4G,” he said, “will provide, for the first time, a credible mobile data proposition. It will bring seemless experiences and a chance to go beyond what has been possible in the past.”

“The ability to access data in real time,” is according to Mr Dunne,”what transforms it from interesting research into a personal experience.” This data, he stressed, is available now but making it ubiquitously accessible will also make it customisable.  

However, the true potential will remain locked without digital literacy and confidence in the customer base, he continued. Recent Telefonica research found that people were keen to share data but wanted control and an informed choice. Notably, the survey discovered that these choices were unlikely to be truly informed as many consumers are in the dark about how potential benefits can be realised. 

“There are no established norms for privacy,” said Mr Dunne, and a disconect with people not knowing how Big Data operates. Telefonica, he said, is focusing on behvioural change and customer endorsement: “Trust has to be at the heart of the new model.”

The DigiWorld Yearbook 2013 will be avalable on 30 May 2013 on the idate website

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