ARCEP’s refarming decision presents operators with a 4G opportunity

James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation and PolicyARCEP, the French communications regulator, has announced that from October 1, 2013 Bouygues Telecom will be permitted to refarm its spectrum in the 1800MHz band in order to provide 4G services. The regulator has decided to lift the GSM restrictions from Bouygues’ 1800MHz license, provided that it relinquishes a certain amount of its holding beforehand. In addition, all spectrum licenses in the country will become technologically neutral from May...

By Ovum Research, 03 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, LTE, Operators.

How are US citizens using mobiles for financial services?

The majority of US citizens aren’t using mobile banking services because they simply don’t need it, and their banking needs were being adequately met without the use of mobile banking.

That’s the big takeaway from the Federal Reserve (FRB), who has brought out a mammoth 79-page document on how consumers interact with mobile financial services and found that the use of mobiles to access bank accounts and credit cards went up in the United States last year.

But 54% of those surveyed felt they...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Government, N America, Research.

Outraged FCC takes strong action, shakes finger at robocallers

Barred by law from imposing fines on first offenders, the agency can only issue threats.

Your cell phone rings. You pause the movie, untangle from your significant other, and stride across the room to answer it. “Hello there!” says the cheerful recorded voice. “We’re calling about your credit card! Are you paying too much interest?”

You stab at the hang-up button and head back to...

By Francisco Montero, 28 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, N America.

Industry think tank pretends US broadband is secretly awesome

When you're indisputably mediocre in nearly every broadband ranking due to limited competition and regulatory capture, what's a monopoly and/or duopoly broadband market to do? For much of the last decade the US broadband industry's answer to that question is to shell out millions to fauxcademics, astroturfers, paid think tankers and assorted hired flacks to argue that United States broadband is secretly awesome and you just didn't know it.

The tactic is far more successful than it should be, thanks to a press that often...

By BroadbandNation, 22 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, N America.

Mexico’s plan for telecoms reform will require careful implementation

Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation

As it promised in the wake of the recent elections, the newly appointed Mexican government has presented an extensive set of reforms that aim to transform the landscape of the telecoms sector. Most proposals appear to go in the right direction, moving toward a more competitive market, in particular the much-needed creation of a stronger and more independent regulatory body. As Ovum noted in our Regulatory Scorecard 2013: LATAM, the lack of such a body has been the main reason for...

By Ovum Research, 15 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, LATAM, Mobile, Operators.

UK 4G auction results announced, revenue lower than expected

The UK telecommunications regulatory body Ofcom has announced the results of the 4G auction raising a less than expected £2.34bn ($3.59bn) in revenue.

The overall figures may be seen as disappointing given the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) had predicted a £3.5bn ($5.37bn) windfall from the auction. The UK 3G auctions in 2000 raised £22bn in comparison.

Yet the results show that the main players seem to have gotten a share of the spectrum, dealed out in 2.6 GHz and 800 MHz bands....

By James Bourne, 20 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, LTE.

Putting mobile technology into a government policy perspective

Kevin Noonan, Research Director, Public Sector, Ocum

Mobile devices have captured the imagination of the general public and business leaders alike. Mobile technology is often viewed as all about a personal experience and personal productivity. However, if we look at mobile only from that perspective, we may overlook what has become one of the big social realignments of our time. Mobile has created a massive realignment in the way we communicate and derive business value.

The sheer scale of this change has created its own opportunities for governments...

By Ovum Research, 28 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Smartphones.

Ofcom looks into mid-contract mobile and broadband price hikes

A consultation document released today by Ofcom has revealed plans allowing UK consumers to leave a phone and broadband contract freely if the provider introduces a mid-term price rise.

From the providers’ standpoint, this could seem harsh; however, this may come as welcome news to long-suffering consumers, with the telecommunications regulator examining the issue after 1,600 complaints in the eight months leading up to May 2012.

The news comes amidst O2 putting prices up on line rental – 3.2%...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government, Mobile.