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Telecoms operators must ensure that they have access to innovation in order to remain relevant in the digital economy. This strategy report explores the three main approaches that operators and provides examples from Deutsche Telekom, Ooredoo, Orange, Sprint, Telefónica, Türk Telekom, and Vodafone.

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The Innovating in the digital economy: operator-led start-up accelerators and incubators
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About this report
Executive summary
Operators face an unprecedented competitive landscape in which access to innovation is critical
- Operators need to secure access to - innovative intellectual property in order to fend off the threat from Internet players big and small
- Recommendations
- External innovation initiatives
Operators working to become digital companies should launch innovation initiatives that are separate from their core organisation
Operators of all sizes have experimented with external innovation initiatives, but challenges remain
Deutsche Telekom's hub:raum
Telefónica's Wayra
Türk Telekom's PILOTT
Internal innovation initiatives
Operators with established RandD divisions, or that want to benefit from centres of innovation, should launch internal innovation initiatives
Orange and Vodafone use established RandD centres to create internal incubator and accelerator initiatives
Orange Fab
Vodafone Xone
Innovation partnerships
Operators that want to focus on a specific vertical or a nascent market should partner with an established accelerator
Ooredoo's innovation initiatives
Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator
About the author and Analysys Mason
About the author
About Analysys Mason
Research from Analysys Mason
Consulting from Analysys Mason

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Figure 1: Main strategic approaches to the deployment of operator innovation initiatives
Figure 2: Messaging traffic originated on mobile handsets, by type, worldwide, 2010-2018
Figure 3: Comparison of approaches to telco innovation

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