The best way to predict the future is to invent it – Alan Kay

22/11/2017 London. ROCCO Research Launches “The Innovators” the only major research initiative to understand which Roaming and Interconnect Vendors are Innovating our market for the better, according to the views of the MNO community they support. In this years survey we also invite MNOs to put ideas forward for the industry.

Click here to take the survey: The Innovators 2018

About this Research Project and the survey

Over the last 4 years ROCCO has had a simple goal, to study where we are today within the Roaming and Interconnect Industry and to try and support its future development. As the MNO and Vendor communities know too well, technology is developing at an incredible pace (5G, IoT, eSIM) and yet still some of the ways which we deliver these technologies are extremely costly, inefficient and even harmful to the future success of the industry (Roaming Bill Shock, Communication alternatives).

Innovation is important since in the world of Roaming and Interconnect nothing these days is simple. New challenges are constantly coming through. Vendors who create efficiencies, optimise processes and seek evolutionary solutions to some of these challenges need to be encouraged. Help us to uncover who these companies are.

Last year we published a really different kind of Survey for MNOs called The Innovators. In the survey we asked MNOs to rate Vendors on 18 KPI measures of Innovation. Last year, the results were pretty interesting, because we realised any company big or small can be an Innovator.

Do you have an idea for the telecoms Roaming and Interconnect Sector?

In this years research we will be presenting MNOs with over 180 Vendors they can rate against the 18 KPIs but we will also be asking for innovation ideas from MNOs. The MNO with the best idea according to a panel of judges will win the latest Apple Watch 3. The survey can take as little as 4 minutes to complete and gives MNOs real insights into Vendors R&D productivity.

We will run the survey until the end of January and then produce the reports, one special report for the MNOs who rate their vendors in the research and a second we will sell at a discounted rate to anyone who may be interested to compare the vendors on how well they Innovate. We will publish a list of the top ten vendors for innovation as voted by MNOs.

We will also publish a list of all the MNOs ideas and the winning idea.

In addition, we will also interview vendors from the top 10 on a new Radio programme from ROCCO RADIO called Eureka! As well as the person with the best MNO idea. The interviews will be about how the vendors get ideas, how they take action on them and how they create a culture of Innovation in their companies.

This is what ROCCO is doing to stimulate Innovation in the industry. Now tell us what you think ;)