Telecommunication companies can no longer afford to not make use of their big data. A simple Google search for “Telecommunications Big Data Analytics” turns up a measly 2 million+ results.

The Value of Big Data for Telecom Companies

But interest in — and getting value from — are two very different things. In fact, McKinsey Quarterly dropped a sobering statistic from some of their survey of 273 global telecom companies:

When we plotted the performance figures for the 80 companies (exhibit), we found that in a few of them, big data had a sizable impact on profits, exceeding 10 percent. Many had incremental profits of 0 to 5 percent, and a few experienced negative returns.

But, before you navigate away thinking it’s simply hype, you have to consider the ‘why’. “Most of the latter blame the poor quality of their data and a shortfall of talent for their inability to scale up big data activities. We also found that many organizations manage big data at a level too low to make it a strategic priority.” So the question becomes, what can you learn from those who are ‘doing it right’?

Telecom Big Data Use Cases

There’s nothing quite as motivating as hearing what your competitors are up to, and the $$ saved or $$ they earned. Right? Telecommunication companies are using big data to do things like:

Understand the potential of new product offerings

Improve customer experiences

Reduce service truck rolls while improving customer service

Forecast network capacity and demand faster and more accurately

Implement value-based network capacity planning

Reduce customer churn

How? Learn from those who went before you. So, without further ado, 8 resources for you on how telecommunication companies are using big data to their advantage, ripe for your bookmarking:

Opportunities in Telecom Sector Arising From Big Data – Deloitte

Monetizing Big Data at Telecom Service Providers – Tech Alpha Hadoop Summit Slides

How Rogers Communications is Using Big Data for a 360-degree Customer View – Hortonworks

Top 6 Telecommunications Big Data Use Cases –Datameer

Big Data and Apache Hadoop for Telecommunications – MapR

Benefitting from Big Data: A New Approach for the Telecom Industry – PWC

6 Telecom Analytics White Papers Worth The Read – RCRWireless

Thinking Outside the Box: Big Data for Organizational Agility

One last bit of food for thought. Last year, Ernst & Young published their study, “Global telecommunications study: navigating the road to 2020“. In it, participants were asked what actions they wanted to take to boost their organizational agility. “Improve big data & analytics capabilities” ranked number four, with nearly 40% of respondents selecting it as priority. However, interestingly, nearly every other option in that question can actually be achieved with big data analytics. Take a look:




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