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Keep up-to-date with leading UAE consultants The O'Mahony Group, Telecom Innovation Specialists.

OMG at Mobile World Congress 2018
Dubai, 6 December 2017

OMG will be attending the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 26 February to 1 March 2018. To make an appointment to see us, please get in touch with us here.

8th GITEX for OMG and the Future is Bright
Dubai, 16 October 2017

The O'Mahony Group was involved in GITEX for an eight year in 2017 and it proved to be yet another successful event. GITEX is by far the biggest technology show in the Middle East and had several huge technology announcements. One of the announcements that received publicity worldwide was the planned introduction of a ?Smart Tunnel? which will eventually replace passport control at Dubai airports. Instead of waiting in line for security kiosks, passengers will be able to walk through a virtual aquarium tunnel in which 80 in-built cameras will scan their faces to validate pre-registered biometrics, allowing the passenger to walk through without any delays.

OMG also supported Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Government organisation focused on helping Irish companies do more business in the Gulf and Worldwide. There were various high-profile meetings with prominent local companies and the event was attended by the new Irish Ambassador to the UAE, H.E. Paul Kavanagh.

Declan O'Mahony, founder and CEO of OMG commented "GITEX continues to be a showcase for technology in the Middle East and is increasingly receiving worldwide attention. The Irish Government, and Enterprise Ireland in particular, continue to do an absolutely first-class job in promoting Ireland and Irish companies across the world. The Irish companies in attendance were offering cutting-edge technologies and so were in good company at GITEX. I believe they will enjoy much future success from their participation this year?.

OMG at GITEX 2017
Dubai, 18 September 2017

OMG will be attending GITEX in Dubai from 8-12 October 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates.

As with previous years, we will be escorting some of our Mobile Operator customers during the event and we are looking for companies that have cutting-edge technology that they may wish to present or demonstrate. The emphasis is on cutting-edge, with companies in the IOT/Telecoms arena being of particular interest.

To make an appointment, please get in touch with us here.

OMG Trends - Summertime and the livin' is easy
Dubai, 6 August 2017

It is 43 Degrees Celsius as I write from Dubai. At this time of year the ?livin? is not so easy, particularly if you work outside. In the comfort of my air-conditioned office, I have no such concerns. What does concern me, and most of my clients, is making sure quarterly and yearly targets are hit.

Summertime in the Middle East was traditionally a quiet time of the year. The searing heat meant that people took longer vacations in cooler climates. Ex-patriates went back to their home countries, or sent their families back, all to escape the heat. It meant that the ?work machine? slowed, decisions were deferred and it was accepted practice.

This summer has probably been one of OMG?s busiest periods ever. Far from having the traditional ?quiet time? of the year, we are working on several tenders from various telco?s from around the region. Meetings, calls, visits are all happening for each one. This is good as it ensures what will most likely be a strong finish to 2017.

However it does show that the world, and certainly the Middle East, is changing. The relentless march of consolidation within the telco industry, coupled with the focus on the bottom line, means that while summer may be the traditional time for vacations, business no longer slows down for summer.

Whether you think that is a good or bad thing is largely irrelevant ? it is happening.

Despite this, I hope you are all having a great summer!

OMG Trends - Smaller Tech Companies taking Telecoms International
Dubai, 22 May 2017

Ask anybody in the world of Telecommunications, whether operator or vendor, whether it was "easier" to do business 10 years ago and most will agree. The vendors will tell you that their products and services were more highly valued, while the operators will tell you that it was easier to identify the vendors they required (?Cloud? anyone?).


Certainly 15 years ago the landscape was altogether different. Nokia was the market leading handset manufacturer and the operator networks were dominated by companies like Ericsson, Siemens (now Nokia Networks) and Alcatel (now also Nokia Networks). Mobile apps, in the form of clunky WAP browsers, had been tried (and ultimately failed as a mobile experience) and there was little or no data usage. For younger readers, there was also no WhatsApp or Twitter. Since then the pace of change has been rapid - it is probably fair to say that in the years between 2003 and 2017, we have seen several times the change we saw in the period 1990 to 2003.


Today, Samsung is the market leading handset manufacturer, running an operating system designed by Google, whose main business is still an online search engine. Hang on? An online search company designs a handset OS with no previous experience and achieves huge penetration. When did this happen? Apple, who caused the surge in smartphone adoption with the original iPhone, could be on the way to repeating the mistakes of the 1980's, judging by their latest figures. They come up with all the great features, then someone else comes along, creates an open software platform with similar features and starts to take over the market. Data usage is increasing exponentially and companies like WhatsApp, Twitter and others continue to increase their hold on mobile subscribers. Operator networks are increasingly being dominated by large vendors such as Ericsson, Nokia Networks and more recently companies like Huawei and ZTE, who can provide a multitude of products and services 'under one roof'. Managed Service Contracts abound. It is all about who can do more for less.


Despite this, smaller companies are, I believe, the future in the Telecommunications arena, having the ability to come up with new technologies or better ways of doing existing things faster and with more frequency than bigger companies. Typically the best of these companies are set up by people who have a vision for a solution or service and an inherent desire to make life better for their fellow human beings. Apple and Google are examples of companies that started in this way. Increasingly they are looking outside of their home markets, with more opportunities in growing markets like the Middle East, Africa and Asia, than traditional ?first mover? markets like Europe and the US.


Some of the most innovative companies in the past 15 years got their start from supportive Operators willing to go a different route. Many operators of course embrace this route and indeed seek out such companies. They are more visionary than others; they see the potential. However, there are operators out there who are missing out on innovations for their subscribers and ultimately profits by ignoring the many smaller companies with innovative, exciting technology to offer, particularly in emerging markets.


It is very clear that the operators and companies that will succeed are the ones who make time to talk to each other and are willing to work together on terms that work for both parties. A win-win for all!

Alicon and OMG announce Strategic Partnership
Dubai, Stockholm, 19 April 2017

Alicon, the Swedish consulting firm specialising in Telecom technologies, and The O?Mahony Group (OMG), the Dubai-based provider of outsourced Telecom sales and consultancy services in the Middle East, today announced a Strategic Partnership which will allow OMG to offer Alicon services throughout the region. Alicon has expertise in several cutting edge technologies including IoT, IoE, Disruptive/Sustainable Innovation, Change Management and how these apply to telecom networks as they evolve to 5G and beyond. OMG will now be exclusively offering this expertise to its extensive client base.


Ike Alisson, CEO of Alicon commented: ?We are delighted to be working with OMG to assist telecom companies in the Gulf and wider Middle East to navigate the huge challenges that IoT and IoE will bring. There are many variables in the standards that are being defined today. The telecom companies that can properly grasp these variables will be the ones that will be successful in in the next 10 years. It is not enough to simply sit back and wait, telecom companies have to understand the differences between disruptive and sustainable innovation and the sheer scale of growth expected in the IoT area over the next 5 years. Our role is to assist telecom companies to retain not only their competitive edge, but their very existence, by developing new Ways Of Working Capabilities that organically drive the business towards Market Leadership, Operational Agility, Innovation, Efficiency and Effectiveness?.


Declan O?Mahony, CEO of OMG commented: ?We are delighted to be working with Alicon in an area that will be so important for telcos over the next 10 years. Ike and his team have real pedigree in this area and we are really delighted to be able to bring this expertise to the Middle East?.


For more information please contact us at info@theomahonygroup.com or info@alicon.se.


More Information for Editors:

Alicon:

ALICON SWEDEN was founded by Ike Alisson, a telecom industry veteran for the past 25 years, having worked with Sales, Solution and New Account Management in multi-billion budget companies such as Ericsson with well-established Processes, Procedures, and Policies, as well as several start-ups driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, agile Operations and efficient Ways of Working. Alicon?s purpose is to continue building on its previous Telecom skills and experience and further enhance its Solution Management by incorporating the latest Theoretical Frameworks on Innovation and Disruption, 5G, SDN/NFV/MANO/MEC as well as IoT, IIot, Hybrid Cloud.

OMG:

The O'Mahony Group specialises in bringing innovation to mobile network operators in the Middle East, Gulf and Africa. We seek out companies that have exceptional or particularly innovative solutions and expose them to our key contacts at mobile network operators in the Middle East, Gulf and Africa. Areas covered by OMG include Cloud Computing, SaaS, IMS, LTE, Enterprise Intelligence, Field Operations Automation, Data Charging, Messaging, Satellite Technology and Surgical Mobile Advertising.

OMG at 5G MENA 2017
Dubai, 10 April 2017

OMG will be attending the 5G MENA summit in Dubai from 30 April to 2 May 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. To make an appointment to see us, please get in touch with us here.

Another Win in Africa for OMG
Dubai, 2 April 2017

The O?Mahony Group has won another new Mobile Operator customer for one of its clients in Africa. The deal in the dual areas of revenue assurance and billing will mean the removal of legacy costs associated with older platforms in these areas, while adding increased flexibility and functionality.

Commenting on the win, Declan O?Mahony, CEO of The O?Mahony Group said ?We continue to generate significant revenue for our client companies outside our core GCC market. This win again demonstrates that we have a really fantastic portfolio of clients, with a superb set of solutions?.

To contact us please click here.

OMG at Mobile World Congress 2017
Dubai, 1 January 2017

OMG will be attending the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March 2017.
To make an appointment, please get in touch with us here.

OMG at GITEX 2016
Dubai, 5 October 2016

OMG will be attending GITEX in Dubai for the 7th year from 16-20 October 2016 at Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates.

This year we will be escorting some of our Mobile Operator customers during the event and we are looking for companies that have cutting-edge technology that they may wish to present or demonstrate. The emphasis is on cutting-edge, with companies in the IOT area being of particular interest.
To make an appointment, please get in touch with us here.

OMG Advice Seminar
Dubai, 11 August 2016

OMG will be hosting an advice seminar at its HQ in Dubai Internet City on Sunday 21st August. The aim of the seminar is to provide advice to companies looking to create or expand their business in the UAE or the wider Gulf region.

To make an appointment to meet us, please get in touch with us here.

Gulf Operator Win for OMG
Dubai, 12 May 2016

The O'Mahony Group has won another new Mobile Operator customer for one of its clients in the Gulf. The solution is in the area of Advanced Telecoms Communications, where the consolidated management of systems and the ability to adapt to ever-changing consumer services are key to ensuring lower costs and increased revenues.

Commenting on the win, Declan O'Mahony, CEO of The O'Mahony Group said "We are losing count of the number of these system we are supplying, such is the demand. Mobile Networks are having to evolve rapidly in order to be able to cope with the demands of the modern consumer. Operators do not want to become a simple pipe, where others use their network and generate huge profits, while the Operator gets nothing. This is where they need systems that can bridge the worlds of legacy telecom networks and IP networks. Many say they can do this, but there are not many who can actually do it. It just re-iterates our decision to only work with the very best in the business ".

Group Win in Africa for OMG
Dubai, 24 April 2016

The O'Mahony Group has won a major new Mobile Operator customer for one of its clients in Africa. The deal with a major Operator Group is expected to see the solution rolled out in several of the Group's OPCO's in 2016 and 2017. The solution is centered in the area of Field Automation and Efficiency, where the management and maintenance of Radio Networks can cost millions of dollars per annum to manage.

Commenting on the win, Declan O'Mahony, CEO of The O'Mahony Group said "Though we are based in Dubai, our reach extends beyond the Middle East and into Africa, Asia and even parts of South America. This is a really great win, with a solution that is really light years ahead of the competition. We are seeing Mobile Networks of 1,000 sites or less making average savings of USD 500,000 per annum by using our system. These kinds of figures are just startling, so we expect to make further gains in this market over the coming year ".

OMG at Mobile World Congress 2016
Dubai, 26 January 2016

OMG will be attending the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 22-25 February 2016.
To make an appointment to see us, please get in touch with us here.

OMG Advice Seminars
Dubai, 27 November 2015

Following on from our successful seminars in 2014, OMG will be having advice seminars at various locations in Dubai during December. The aim of the seminars is to provide advice to companies looking to do business in the UAE or the wider Gulf region.
To make an appointment to meet us, please get in touch with us here.

OMG at GITEX 2015
Dubai, 27 September 2015

OMG will be attending GITEX in Dubai from 18-22 October 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

We have a limited amount of meeting slots remaining, so to make an appointment, please get in touch with us here.

OMG wins major new Radio Optimisation and Capacity Management Contract
Dubai, 2 August 2015

The O'Mahony Group has won a major new contract in the area of Radio Optimisation and Capacity Management, on behalf of a Client company. The deal with a major Operator in the Middle East will be rolled out over the next 3 years and is expected to reduce both Capex and Opex costs significantly, while also improving the end customer experience.

Commenting on the win, Declan O'Mahony, CEO of The O'Mahony Group said "This is major win for us in a really key area for Mobile Operators right now. Adding infrastructure is huge investment for Operators, so it is important to be able to optimize existing capacity to its maximum, while also planning intelligently for new capacity. We are working with what is probably the leader in this field and the reaction from Operators has been really fantastic. The amount of money that can be saved in a single year runs into the several millions of dollars, depending on the footprint, so the business case for this type of solution writes itself".

OMG Trends - Our Reliance on OTT Messaging
Dubai, 1 May 2015

In our last article we discussed social telecoms, but not the WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter worlds, rather the social mobility that telecoms in general gives to people in developing parts of the world.

Today I do want to discuss the Over-The-Top Social Media players and in particular their messaging applications. All of you reading this will have at least one messaging application on your handset, over and above the SMS messaging service which is standard on all devices. Some of you may not even be aware you have them. So whether it is WhatsApp, Twitter, Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Snapchat or the myriad of other apps out there, you probably have one of them on your handset.

These apps are universally very popular. You can text in the traditional way, but you can also send pictures and videos. In some of them you can initiate voice and video calls. They have transformed the way we communicate with one another. We rely on them to keep up with our friends, to arrange outings and trips, to notify people about what is happening in our lives. And therein lies one of the fundamental issues with these types of applications. Our reliance on them.

In a world where everyone is constantly connected to a data network, whether over 2G/3G/4G or Wi-fi, these applications work pretty well. However, this is not always the case. People have different data plans which give them different amounts of data. So you have people turning data on and off on their handsets, depending on their plan, in order to 'save' their data. This is very true for younger people in particular. When we travel abroad, it is ingrained in us to turn off data on our handset to avoid roaming charges. So when you arrive in a foreign country, you are cut off from the outside world of social media until you find a Wi-fi hotspot. So for a variety of reasons, you can be in a data black-spot several times a day/week/month depending on your usage.

Why does this matter? It matters because of our reliance on these apps. Let's take a simple example. I am flying from Dubai to Doha. I arrange with a friend to pick me up. When I arrive, there is no sign of my friend. I call him, only to find out he sent a message over social media to me while I was in the air "Can't pick you up as meeting running late, grab a cab and I will see you at the hotel". Of course I don't see that message until an hour later when I connect to the hotel Wi-fi. My friend thinks he has communicated a message to me, but he hasn't.

However there is still one guaranteed messaging service that will always deliver to you, no matter where you are, no matter whether roaming or in your home network. It is good old fashioned SMS, available since the early 90's and works on every handset. The technology behind SMS is carrier-grade, so you are pretty much guaranteed to get your message all of the time. All you need to do is have your phone turned on.

Next time you want to send someone a message that you need to be sure is delivered, use SMS. It may not have the ability to send pictures and videos, but as a priority channel, it really has no equals.

New Contract Wins Continue for OMG in 2015
Dubai, 12 February 2015

As has become almost a tradition, The O'Mahony Group has started the year with a major new Mobile Operator customer win for one of its clients. The deal follows another great year in 2014, where OMG secured several new Mobile Operator customers on behalf of its clients.

Commenting on the wins, Declan O'Mahony, CEO of The O'Mahony Group said "We expected to do well in 2014 and we exceeded our expectations. 2015 has already started with a major win and I am really looking forward to the rest of the year. However it is our Client companies who are the real stars, with really fantastic technology that Operators are selecting in ever increasing numbers".

OMG Trends - Social Telecoms
Dubai, 15 January 2015

As we start a new year, I thought it useful to remind ourselves of the social aspect of Telecommunications. No, I am not talking about Facebook or Whatsapp. Rather the huge benefits telecommunications is bringing to parts of the world that are still developing.

It is easy to think that every part of the world has access to a telephone, whether mobile, fixed or satellite. However this is far from true. Many parts of the developing world have little in the way of communications. The farmer in the remote village has no way of finding out what price his crop will fetch at the market, other than by travelling long distances and then having to take what is offered. Then on his way back, he risks being robbed by others who know he will not have deposited the cash in a bank.

As I travel around the world, I am grateful to work in an industry that can impact on people's lives so meaningfully. For the farmer, the advent of low cost mobile phones and mobile micro-payment initiatives mean that he can now check the best prices for his crop before leaving his village. Then rather than carrying the cash with him on his return, he can simply lodge it to his micro-payment account with the local Operator, where he can later retrieve it from an outlet nearer his home.

Here at OMG we are proud to work with companies who contribute to Social Telecoms across Mobile Messaging, Satellite Radio, Billing, Charging and other fields.

Whatever your own role in Telecoms, you are also contributing.

Happy New Year!

OMG Advice Seminars
Dubai, 23 November 2014

OMG will be having advice seminars at various locations in Dubai during December. The aim of the seminars is to provide advice to companies looking to do business in the UAE or the wider Gulf region.
To make an appointment to meet us, please get in touch with us here.

OMG at GITEX 2014
Dubai 8 October 2014

OMG will be attending GITEX in Dubai from 12-16 October 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
We have a limited amount of meeting slots remaining, so to make an appointment, please get in touch with us here.

OMG Trends: What car are you?
Dubai, 1 August 2014

Possibly a strange title for a telecoms article but bear with me! If you were a car, what brand would you be? Are you a budget car, only interested in getting from A to B? Perhaps a Dacia or a Cherry? Or are you price-sensitive, but like that little bit of comfort and a decent drive? Perhaps a Ford or a Toyota? Or are you a premium car, perhaps a BMW or Audi? Or even a super-premium car, Maserati or Lamborghini?

We all have a notion of what car we like and equally we all have a notion of which segment above that we would consider ourselves falling into. Chances are most of us would consider ourselves a premium brand, but this is not always the case.

In the Telco world, there used to be the notion of premium and non-premium brands. In order not to upset anyone I won't use names, but if you wanted a quality core network, you went to Switch Vendor X. If you wanted a quality radio network, you went to RAN Vendor Y. And so on. Sometimes vendor X was also vendor Y, which was not an issue as the inherent quality was there. The same was true for the different areas of the network, whether it was Billing, Value Added Services, Customer Care and so on. As a result, these vendors were able to charge a premium for their products and services, since the product and the after-sales service were best in class. The vendor knew it and so did the Operator.

Today however, the landscape is different. All Operators want a product that will not fail, that delivers the features they need and that comes with a low price tag. That last part, price tag, is where we have a problem today. Vendors that consider themselves and their products to be ahead of others in the market (ie. premium) are measured against vendors that simply do not offer the same level of product. The only common denominator is that both have a price, with the latter dragging down the price of the former.

Now some might say this is just supply and demand, but there is more to it than that. The vendor who charges more is doing so for a reason. To support its R&D effort, to provide the additional flexibility that modern networks require, to ensure that their products and services are future-proof. Is it fair that this vendor has to get into a price war with vendors that do not provide the same level of product?

The danger is that premium vendors eventually have to cut their R&D spending or cut staff in order to be able to compete on price. Remember R&D is where all the good ideas originate. It is what drives our industry. More, not less R&D is what we need.

BMW will never sell one of their cars for the same price as Ford, in the same way that Ford will never sell one of their cars for the same price as Dacia. Why is it different in the Telco world?

OMG at 2014 LTE World Summit in Amsterdam
Dubai, 6 June 2014

The O'Mahony Group will be attending the 2014 LTE World Summit in Amsterdam from 23 to 25 June 2014.

Companies wishing to meet us can get in touch through the contact section of the website.

Flying start for OMG in 2014
Dubai, 12 March 2014

The O'Mahony Group has started 2014 with a major new Mobile Operator customer win for one of its clients. The multi-million Euro deal, signed in January, follows a record year in 2013, where OMG secured 5 new Mobile Operator customers on behalf of its clients.

Commenting on the wins, Declan O'Mahony, CEO of The O'Mahony Group said "I am really delighted with our progress. In just four short years we have become a trusted advisor to both our client companies and the mobile operator community. I think that our key pillar is honesty - if we can do something we will tell you we can do it, if we can't we will tell you we can't. We work with really fantastic telecom software companies, doing some amazing things, which is appreciated by our friends in the mobile operator community. We are already well on our way in 2014 and hopefully we can continue this trend".

OMG at 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Dubai, 2 February 2014

The O'Mahony Group will be attending the showcase Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 24 to 27 February 2014.

Companies wishing to meet us can get in touch through the contact section of the website.

OMG Trends: Thank you Mobile Operators
Dubai, 17 January 2014

Recently I attended a conference where the key speaker asked everyone to take stock of where we are today with mobile technology and how none of it would have happened without the mobile telecom operators. Yes we have had events which have had a huge impact (eg. launch of the Apple iPhone) and the equipment manufacturers are the ones who actually developed the technology, but when you think about it, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to mobile operators across the globe and indeed organizations like the GSMA who drove this forward.

Today as we use our touchscreen smartphones to check our mail, our online documents, our social media, our videos and a multitude of other apps and information, we could be forgiven for thinking that it is Google, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, WhatsApp and several other OTT players who are responsible for our mobile freedom. Certainly these companies and applications have had a huge impact on our lives, but none of it would be possible without the huge leaps in technology driven by the mobile industry over the past 10 years. The irony is that the mobile operators who pioneered the technology to enable our mobile freedom are now having their revenues affected by the very companies and applications they facilitate.

15 years ago I had a Nokia Communicator (remember those?) - a fantastic device for its time. It was 1999 and a more or less 2G world. However, the steering groups, chaired by very smart individuals from leading operators, were busy crafting standards for 2.5G and 3G, covering everything from radio spectrum, infrastructure, backward compatibility and handsets. Since then their focus has turned to things like IMS, LTE, 4G and beyond. Their ongoing task - how can we get more data volumes across an air interface that by its very nature is finite and already crowded with other competitors for spectrum.

As I write, 4G networks are being rolled out, with greater speeds than were available over 3G. The same was true when going from 2.5G to 3G. I wonder how well the companies and applications mentioned above would be doing today had it not been for the pioneering and ongoing work of the mobile operators in pushing the boundaries of the technology on which these applications sit.

So as we start 2014, I think it only fair to say 'thank you Mobile Operators!'.

Oh, and let's take back the advantage from the OTT players!

OMG Trends: 4G or not 4G - That is the Question
Dubai, 20 November 2013

How many of you have a 4G-enabled phone? Of those of you that have, how many of you can actually use a 4G network with that phone? How many of you actually care as long as you can get your email, check your flight status or have a read of your national newspaper while waiting to board your plane?

With the huge growth of data traffic in the past few years, one would think that the arrival of 4G would herald much rejoicing and excitement amongst subscribers of mobile networks. Certainly it is an evolution, certainly it is faster, but is it better?

At one stage in the past few years, certain technology analysts were saying that the arrival of 4G would spell the end of a reliance on fixed-line broadband. That there would be such a supply of capacity and speed that it would render fixed-line obsolete. Certainly there may have been a case for this in the mid-2000's when data usage was nowhere near current levels, but as any of us in the industry will know, rumors of the death of fixed-line broadband have been greatly exaggerated.

The key word here is broadband. For the average data user, 3G is just fine - in fact in a lot of places, it is still actually quite a feat to get 3G coverage at all. The problem arises where people want to use data-heavy applications, such as video, or use a mobile device as their main broadband connection. This is where the speed and bandwidth restrictions of 3G come into play. Certainly this will be better with 4G, but at the end of the day, the amount of capacity on a 4G network is still finite.

Operators will need to find ways to optimize their 4G networks in much the same way as they are having to do so on their 3G networks. They will need to be able to distinguish between people like me waiting for a plane, and the people who are heavy users. They will have to be able to cater for everyone. How can this be achieved? There are a multitude of areas, but in the main the two key areas for me are:

Knowing the customer - As true for a Supermarket chain as it is for an Operator. How does a particular customer use the service and are they willing to pay for a guaranteed good service?

Knowing the network - Operators can sometimes rush to add capacity without looking at the core need. Is the 3G/4G network optimizing traffic and more importantly is it optimizing traffic that the subscriber actually sees? Subscribers don't care about apps sending or checking messages relating to status in the background - they will however care if the service is poor or they cannot get access to a particular application.

Ericsson, Huawei, ALU, NSN and others are all pushing the boundaries of what is possible with radio spectrum. Companies like Samsung are actively researching technology that will supposedly offer fixed-broadband speeds to mobile users by 2020. However, we are not there yet, and Operators need to make sure they are offering the best services to their customers as their revenues continue to be plundered by the OTT Operators. Some of the most innovative and profitable services are there today for Operators to deploy, if they are willing to look for them. We know - we work with several companies in the market offering solutions that can help Operators, some of which have really remarkable technology. Operators cannot rely solely on the network providers if their networks are to keep up with ever increasing demands from subscribers.

4G or not 4G? Yes of course to 4G, but a lot for Operators to consider even before they deploy their first 4G networks.

OMG at GITEX 2013
Dubai, 16 September 2013

OMG will be attending GITEX in Dubai from 20-24 October 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. To make an appointment to see us, please get in touch with us here.

OMG Trends: Pressure on Profits
Dubai, 1 September 2013

If there is one thing that Mobile Operators have in common in 2013, it is a desire to reduce cost. From the huge licence fees payable to Governments to the cost of rolling out, maintaining and upgrading networks, there is constant pressure to reduce operational costs. For some operators, there is less pressure, as they continue in their upward curve cycle, adding subscribers with the minimum of effort. But as any Mobile Operator in a mature market will tell you, the upward curve very soon becomes flat and very soon after that becomes a downward curve. And all the while, both management and shareholders try to increase both turnover and profits.

There are only two ways to increase profits; in simple terms, decrease your costs or sell more of your product or service. Today we will focus on the former. How does an Operator, who has spent potentially millions of dollars in Capex to set up their network, reduce their operational spending to a degree which will make everyone in the organization, and particularly the CFO, start to smile.

Certainly for ourselves at The OMahony Group, we have seen all manner of measures being taken across our Operator friends, some successful, some not so. One of the biggest successes we have seen is where an Operator gets some altitude, looks at their network as whole, and sees several areas where costs could be reduced. Usually these areas centre around legacy systems, usually purchased during the initial rollout, and which have been "upgraded" to cope with modern developments in Data, Enhanced Charging, 3G, 4G etc. By "upgraded" I should really say "shoe-horned", since a lot of systems, be they on the Radio, Core, VAS or OSS/BSS sides, will have been "made to work" with new technologies as they came along.

Most of the time this is inherently inefficient. Systems take too much time and effort to manage them, and the flexibility is not in the systems to allow the operator to offer the kind of new services which will attract subscribers from other networks. Rather than swap systems out, some Operators prefer to keep the systems they have, even though they are missing out on potentially massive cost savings by considering new vendors. There are several companies out there, including some we ourselves work with, where consolidation of key systems and automation of key functions and processes means Operators can spend a lot less time and money on their network, and focus instead on that one thing the Mobile Operator cannot function without: the Subscriber. And that can only be good for Profits, the Operator and of course the Subscriber.

OMG Launches Trends Commentary
Dubai, 8 July 2013

The O'Mahony Group today announced a new addition to its website - OMG Trends, periodic articles on issues affecting the telecommunications industry. From its unique vantage point, working with both Vendors and Operators across a broad spectrum of technologies, OMG will offer its own insights into what it is seeing in the market place and whether it is good or bad for the industry.

The first article is published today, also in this section - OMG Trends: The Race to Zero.

OMG Trends: The Race to Zero.
Dubai, 8 July 2013

Ask anybody in the world of Telecommunications, whether Operator or Vendor, whether it was "easier" to do business 10 years ago and most will agree. The vendors will tell you that their products and services were more highly valued, while the Operators will tell you that it was easier to identify the vendors they required and implement their solutions.

Certainly 10 years ago the landscape was altogether different. Nokia was the market leading handset manufacturer and the Operator Networks were dominated by companies like Ericsson, Siemens (now NSN) and Alcatel (now ALU). Mobile apps, in the form of clunky WAP browsers, had been tried (and ultimately failed as a mobile experience) and there was little or no data usage. For younger readers, there was also no WhatsApp or Twitter. Since then the pace of change has been rapid - it is probably fair to say that in the 10 years between 2003 and 2013, we have seen several times the change we saw in the period 1993 to 2003.

Today, Samsung is probably the market leading handset manufacturer, running an operating system designed by Google, whose main business is still an online search engine. When did this happen? Apple, who caused the surge in smartphone adoption with the original iPhone, seems to me to be on the way to repeating the mistakes of the 1980's. They come up with all the great features, then someone else comes along, creates an open software platform with similar features and starts to take over the market. Data usage is increasing exponentially and companies like WhatsApp, Twitter and others continue to increase their hold on mobile subscribers. Operator networks are increasingly being dominated by vendors such as Ericsson, NSN, ALU, and more recently companies like Huawei and ZTE, who can provide a multitude of products and services 'under one roof'. Managed Service Contracts abound. It is all about who can do more, for less.

So why the title 'The race to zero'? There is one element that has not changed over the years - that is the ability of companies to come up with new technologies or better ways of doing existing things. Typically the best of these companies are small - set up by people who have a vision for a solution or service and an inherent desire to make life better for human beings. Apple and Google are examples of companies that started in this way, but particularly in the Telecommunications world, there are several small to medium sized companies doing really fantastic things. Increasingly, these companies are not being given opportunities by Operators, who rely on managed service providers, or who will settle for 'similar' solutions provided as a package by their primary network suppliers or others. Smaller, innovative companies are therefore sometimes being pushed to offer commercial terms which do not reflect the value of the product or service provided.

This, for me, is a mistake. Some of the most innovative companies in the past 10 years got their start from supportive Operators willing to go a different route. Some Operators of course already do this and indeed seek out such companies. They are more visionary than others; they see the potential and they embrace it. However, there are Operators out there who are missing out on innovations for their subscribers and ultimately profits by choosing commercial terms as their primary decision-making factor. Smaller companies can and will play their part commercially of course, but a race to zero is in nobody's best interest.

OMG wins several contracts across MEA
Dubai, 1 May 2013

The O'Mahony Group has won several contracts across its core Middle East and Africa Markets, on behalf of its Client companies. The deals span a range of different technologies.

Commenting on the wins, Declan O'Mahony, CEO of The O'Mahony Group said "We are delighted to be able to bring in business for our Client companies. Our Clients have trusted us to open up new markets for them and it is always the best feeling to be able to generate PO's. We are very selective in the companies we choose to work with - they have to offer something that is a little bit different. We can then determine whether the technology will be interesting to our Operator contact base. These wins show that our strategy works".

The company has also recently added Cloud OSS/BSS to its offerings. The Commercial Director for the O'Mahony Group commented "The ability to offer software as a service, particularly in areas that were traditionally seen as Cloud-free zones, is of huge benefit to all Operator types, whether they operate in Mobile, Broadband/ISP or Fixed. We now offer a solution that manages an Operator's entire customer relationship, from order and provisioning right through to the customer receiving their bill. And critically, the Operator does not need the huge Capex usually required to implement such systems".

For more information, please contact us here.

OMG at 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Dubai, 20 December 2012

The O'Mahony Group will be attending the showcase Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 25 to 28 February 2013. The theme this year is 'The New Mobile Horizon' and is the third year OMG have attended the event. This year the event moves from the centre of Barcelona to a new location at the Fira Gran Via.

Companies wishing to meet us can get in touch through the contact section of the website.

OMG at GITEX 2012
Dubai 8 October 2012

OMG will be attending GITEX in Dubai from 14-18 October 2012 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. To make an appointment to see us, please get in touch with us here.

OMG at Middle East Com 2012
Dubai 8 October 2012

OMG will be attending the Middle East Com Telco Summit in Dubai on 4-5 December 2012 at the JW Marriott Marquis. This year the theme is Driving Revenue and Growth in a Digital World and includes the MVNO Industry Summit Middle East 2012. To make an appointment to see us, please get in touch with us here.

OMG at ITU Telecom World 2012
Dubai, 8 August 2012

OMG will be attending the ITU Telecom World Summit in Dubai from 14 - 18 October 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (beside Dubai World Trade Centre).

To make an appointment to see us, please get in touch with us here.

OMG and the rise of Data
Dubai, 7 June 2012

Traditional Operator revenues are declining and at the same time, data traffic is growing at ferocious pace. While use of Facebook and Google, along with Apps like WhatsApp take up huge amounts of bandwidth, Operators are struggling to monetize this traffic. Recent legislation in The Netherlands (likely to become the norm) has meant Operators cannot simply block services, so how does an Operator increase revenues in the years ahead? How does an Operator do this while at the same time moving to such complex network issues as Voice over LTE?

The answer is Policy Control. We feel that this will become the most important part of a Mobile Network within the next 2-3 years. The new "Brain" of the Network. Existing models such as "all you can eat data" are reducing Operators to becoming merely a "pipe". While for some Operators, this has been their route to market, what is needed is a solution that allows for many different service models, including "all you can eat" if applicable for certain subscriber segments, but which also allows the Operator to come up with new service models based on as-yet-unknown future developments. WhatsApp did not exist two years ago, yet it is now a contributing factor to Operators forfeiting SMS Revenues. What App or Apps will be around in 2 years time? Apps that have not even been thought of yet?

OMG works with the World Leader in Policy Control and is uniquely positioned to help Operators address this complex area. Decisions made by Operators today will have far-reaching consequences in 1-2 years time. It is important to get it right from the start.

For more information, please get in touch with us here.

OMG at TM Forum Management World
Dubai, 14 May 2012

The O'Mahony Group will be attending Management World at the Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland from 21 - 24 May 2012. Companies wishing to meet us can get in touch through the contact section of the website.

OMG adds to its Client Base
Dubai, 3 April 2012

The O'Mahony Group is delighted to announce that it has added to its comprehensive Client profile by adding expertise in the area of satellite backhauled, solar powered GSM/3G connectivity for communities outside the range of standard networks. Operators can deploy sites very quickly and with profitability levels that may surprise. Our Client's patented technology is in keeping with The O'Mahony Group's commitment to only offer solutions which are exceptional or particularly innovative.

For more information, please use the contact section of the website.

OMG at Broadband Summit in Dubai
Dubai, 2 March 2012

The O'Mahony Group will be attending Broadband MEA at the Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina in Dubai from 25 - 27 March 2012.

Companies wishing to meet us can get in touch through the contact section of the website.

OMG at 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Dubai, 1 December 2011

The O'Mahony Group will be attending the showcase Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27 February to 1 March 2012. The theme this year is 'Redefining Mobile' and is the second year OMG have attended the event.

Companies wishing to meet us can get in touch through the contact section of the website.

OMG at 2011 Middle East Telco World Summit
Dubai, 10 November 2011

The O'Mahony Group will be attending the Middle East Telco World Summit in Dubai on 29/30 November 2011. This year the event features an ICT stream, with several leading companies from the region in attendance.

Companies wishing to meet us can get in touch through the contact section of the website.

OMG Participates in Irish Government Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia & Qatar
Dubai, 21 October 2011

The O'Mahony Group recently participated in an Irish Government Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Led by Minister Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, the mission focused on helping Irish companies do more business in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The mission was ably managed by Enterprise Ireland, who spent several months arranging high-profile meetings with prominent companies and Government Officials in both countries.

Declan O'Mahony, founder and CEO of OMG commented "The Irish Government, and Enterprise Ireland in particular, do an absolutely first-class job in promoting Ireland and Irish companies across the world. I have come across similar institutions from other countries but I have to say, bias aside, that Enterprise Ireland is a leader in its field. We work closely with Enterprise Ireland in helping Irish companies to get exposure to Gulf and African markets in particular".

OMG Celebrates 1st Anniversary
Dubai, 1 October 2011

The O'Mahony Group recently celebrated its one year anniversary and in a very short time has established itself as a leading supplier of technology solutions for the Telecoms industry. The company now offers solutions right across the Telecoms spectrum, from 2G through to LTE and works with a range of leading technology providers.

Declan O'Mahony, founder and CEO of OMG commented "We knew there was a demand for our service but there was actually a surge of demand after we launched. So much so that we have several partner companies waiting to come on board. It was always a keystone of our business to make sure we delivered on our client's expectations so we have tried hard to control our engagements. However, we expect to add more staff to cope with demand and I am looking forward to growing the company further in 2012".

Innovation is key to everything that OMG does and several OMG clients have been singled out for industry awards in the past year. "It is particularly gratifying to have partnered with companies who have innovation at the core of their business. One of our partner companies picked up an Innovation award at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2011, while another was singled out as 'one to watch' by the influential Yankee Group, also in 2011. When we go to see our friends at Mobile Operators around the world, they listen to us because we have chosen partners that are leading the way in Telecoms" said O'Mahony.

OMG is currently looking for Senior Account and Business Development Managers to help achieve its ambitious growth plans. Interested parties can contact OMG through the contact section of the website.