Basic Business Utilities 101
  Do you know why the energy industry has changed significantly during recent years?
Telecom 101:

There have been a number of milestones along the telecommunications road. From the first commercial electrical telegraph in 1839 to the invention of the telephone itself in 1876, to the demonstration of the feasibility of wireless communication by Nikola Tesla in 1893, to today’s complex and changing telecom landscape – one thing has remained constant: the definition of telecommunications as “the assisted transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication.”

Telecommunications is such a vast ‘industry’ incorporating everything from wired and wireless telephone services through to radio, television and internet. It’s an important part of all modern world economies.  In 2006 it was estimated to account for just under 3% of the gross world product at $1.2 trillion dollars.

Though the telecommunications industry has been traditionally dominated by larger players, things are rapidly changing.  Since AT&T’s break-up a few decades ago, there are an increasing number of smaller, more entrepreneurial players who see the opportunity to capitalize on convergence with complementary utilities and technologies.

In line with uTilogy’s Unified Utilities® approach, the telecommunications industry is evolving into a multi-service playing field.

It’s becoming common to find a single provider offering voice as well as voice over internet protocol (VoIP) as well as wireless voice communications.  Not surprising.  It makes sense to add profit centers wherever possible.  But now, you’ll also find many of those providers offering internet and cable TV services.

What’s not as widely known is the symbiotic relationship emerging between energy service providers and telecommunications providers.  Energy service providers already have ‘distribution’ channels.  Cable and pipelines directly to the end-user.  It’s simple economics to ‘share’ - making sense for both providers.

Many telecom providers are now vying for greater market share through providing more of what their customers want.  The object is to provide an end-to-end customer experience. In the consumer market, this includes TV-your-way, gaming, integrated voice, video and text.  In the B2B markets, the end-to-end service includes everything from basic telephone lines with 800 services,  to VoIP, to Intranets, Local Access, internet and wireless applications.

Where to from here?

uTilogy® predicts that the convergence of the telecom industry with other utilities will result in significant corporate rationalization of basic business utilities with equally significant savings of both time and money.  uTilogy® is a pioneer in this trend, offering a single point for telecom and energy purchases – with the added convenience of single point usage monitoring and optimization.

THE FIRSTS:  Milestones in the development of wireless communications: