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New MNOs must displace incumbents to drive the greatest innovation

Some of the telcos are new entrants, which are helping to redefine the rules and push the incumbents to rethink their models. Others, like AT&T and KDDI, are old-timers which are starting to go through that process of identifying new markets, and the platforms they will need to capture them. In all cases, the most MNO innovation is being seen in countries where there is a combination of consolidation and new entrants. Although it seems counter-intuitive, some of the most interesting markets are those where old, slow-moving operators are merging, but rather than reducing competition, that is enabling a new and more creative company to enter the game. This has happened in India, now reduced to three large operators (plus…

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