Manoj Menon Gets It

In the Hutong
High on Benadryl
1026 hrs.

Manoj Menan, a partner at Frost & Sullivan, was just on CNBC from the floor at CommunicAsia 2007, and while I missed half of his interview because of a con call, I think I heard the money quote.

“Our ability as an industry to visualize [advanced mobile services] exceeds our ability to execute. Asia’s carriers need to embrace the open innovation model, rather than take a walled-garden approach.”

Well said.

As we’ve said here before, the biggest barrier between China’s mobile phone users and really useful mobile data services is NOT technology: it is, rather, operators’ insistence on owning any piece of the mobile value chain that might make a little money.

I see signs of hope, especially in entertainment. With music, the carriers looked into the nasty maw of copyright issues and recoiled in horror, delighted to allow partners to deal with the beast of selection, rights clearances, and the like and happy to partner in the revenue stream without having to own the deal.

Let’s hope, for the sake of operators, their shareholders, and users, that this continues.


About David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.
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