Neelie Kroes’ “highest level” roaming plan support doesn’t include the GSMA
Last week, TelecomsTech reported on Neelie Kroes’ plan to abolish roaming fees in Europe. The Vice President of the European Commission was quoted as saying she has the “support of the highest level in institutions”, yet the biggest representative, the GSMA, doesn’t agree.
The GSMA is a mobile consortium representing more than 800 carriers including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, AT&T and Everything Everywhere.
Will 4G pave the path for growth?
Although 4G will quickly become essential, it will not revive the sector’s revenues.
In fact we expect that despite 4G, revenues will continue to decline in Europe: -1.8% per year on average by 2016.
The sector could return to growth if LTE smartphones generated data ARPU of EUR17/month by 2016 i.e. EUR7 higher than today’s data ARPU on 3G...
Fragmented networks: Too many cooks spoil the broth
Everyone is clamouring to have a piece of the LTE pie, but in a bid to share slices equally, are we just confusing processes and more importantly, consumers?
It’s an exciting time for mobile operators and with many still to deploy LTE, the benefits of getting into the market continue to outweigh the potential pitfalls.
More than 200 operators in 75 countries are predicted to have launched an LTE network by the end of 2013 and LTE connections is forecast to exceed 200 million in the same period. This represents...
Telcos not out of the woods yet after another flat quarter
4G LTE revenue will reach $340 billion in 2017
BT heads into the 4G market, whilst Samsung readies 5G
For the first time in over a decade, consumers could be receiving a BT-branded mobile signal, along with the latest 4G-capabilities. But a particular South Korean company is already testing ahead...
Before we discuss this “next step” let’s investigate BT’s mobile network background, starting with Cellnet in 1985 the fruits of a venture between BT and Securicor.
Back then, as the first provider to offer WAP and GPRS, things looked great along with 11 million customers in early...
LTE in China: What to expect?
Construction of TD-LTE networks has accelerated as China Mobile is to launch the largest bid in 2013 for base stations. The plan calls for a total of 200,000 TD-LTE BTSs and prospective equipment makers are expected to submit their offer by June.
If everything goes as planned, LTE will be deployed in more than 340 cities but the focus is in some 100 major markets where demand for wireless broadband is strong.
China Mobile wants LTE to cover as many as 300 million people. In the meantime, China Mobile will...
Stay safe with reliable public safety networks
The U.S. government is funding a program to improve public safety. It’s called FirstNet, which has $7B currently available to build a nationwide, public safety network using LTE.
The idea is to create a nation-wide broadband network, which helps police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals and other public safety officials to do their job safely. In additional to federal funds, the state and local governments are contributing to this initiative. And private companies like Agile Network...
Mobile service providers invest in LTE infrastructure
Exploit existing operational processes with small cells
While LTE smartphones drive growth in small cell deployments, the enthusiasm among ecosystem stakeholders is tempered by significant challenges with the new technology. Infonetics Research has pointed out that operators are having many operational and...
Dish Network and Softbank compete for Sprint
Dish Network has made a $25.5bn counter offer for US mobile operator Sprint. Dish’s bid is $5.5bn more than Softbank’s offer, which creates a significant dilemma for Sprint. Whatever the outcome, Sprint is likely to suffer as negotiations continue over the coming months. The significant strategic initiatives and investment decisions that Sprint is currently in the midst of addressing will be stuck in limbo as the company looks to overcome the intense competition that it faces in a rapidly changing mobile...
What is the best migration path to LTE?
Racing to LTE is well under way with over 145 commercial LTE networks launched on a global basis according to GSA. Yet, a lot of operators are still evaluating what is the right migration path to enable single, converged mobile backhaul infrastructure to carry voice, data and video for 2G, 3G and LTE. Naturally, the cost per bit needs to remain as low as possible and the new infrastructure needs to be scalable and flexible.
I’d advice operators to modernize the network to IP/MPLS. It provides flexibility...
Mobile internet revenue passed $244 billion in 2012
Huawei snaffles major LTE deal with Wind
Huawei, the major Chinese operator, has been picked by Italian mobile operator Wind to lead the charge for a €1bn (£854.1m) network based on LTE.
As reported by Bloomberg, Wind expects to build the infrastructure, with Huawei and network engineering firm Sirti, for the network over five years. The move could be seen as something of a coup for both players, given that Wind is currently the third largest mobile operator in Italy.
Wind competes with Vodafone Italy and Telecom Italia, having been the...
The key to increasing data revenues: Giving customers what they want
High speed data services like LTE are changing how operators develop and market services – operators are selling more services, with a faster time to market, to an increasingly segmented customer base and new business models are constantly on the horizon.
Innovative operators are embracing this new market opportunity by offering Dynamic Services and delivering choice to their subscribers.
Dynamic Services is a platform for creating, displaying and charging for mobile services. A key part is the service...