The use of auctions for spectrum renewal seems pointless and likely only to create uncertainty and risk for operators, says Graham Friend, managing director at Coleago Consulting. New entrants know they are likely to be outbid by incumbents and the uncertainty generated dampens the desire of those incumbents to invest and innovate, which is not good at a time when governments want to see a rapid and extensive roll-out of LTE.
Consultant and one-time head of research and development for UK regulator Ofcom, William Webb asks whether operators really need to own the spectrum in which their services operate. If radio access infrastructure can be outsourced or shared and the core can be virtualised, why shouldn’t the industry look at innovative usage models for spectrum?
Keith Mumford, VP of Technology at Kineto Wireless, reflects on Informa’s Rich Communications 2013 conference. Maybe, he suggests, the best way forward with RCS is to pick and choose from the functions to deliver targeted services, instead of trying to turn it into an industry juggernaut.
Eli Itin explains how and why operators need to foster a culture of innovation within their organisations in order to combat threats from competitors, such as OTT players.
Stefan Zehle, CEO at Coleago Consulting, discusses how the rise of softphone apps means that fixed line players have been presented with an opportunity to get in on mobile telecommunications.
In response to the success of OTT providers, some CSPs have pegged these developers as “parasites” that feed off their networks and offer nothing in return. While it seems they have already lost the battle, however, service providers do have options that will help them adapt and find success in the OTT era, particularly by capitalising on their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud hosting solutions.
Keith Mumford, Vice President of Technology at Kineto, explains that although O2 and Vodafone have launched their 800 MHz LTE services, neither is choosing to focus on coverage – which is often one of the traditional battlegrounds that operators favour when it comes to marketing roll outs. Coverage though, particularly for LTE at 800MHz, may still arise as a contentious issue.
On September 2, 2013, Vodafone and Verizon announced that they had reached an agreement for Vodafone to sell its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless back to Verizon for $130bn. Ovum believes that the deal is good for both parties, but that the decision to return 65 per cent of the proceeds from the sale back to shareholders is short-sighted. It may make Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao popular, but we don’t believe that he will have enough left to future proof the business.
Bengt Nordstrom, CEO at consultancy firm Northstream, discusses how operator groups looking to create scale and synergies by acquiring assets across markets is extremely challenging. Local acquisitions will serve them much more effectively.
Tim Deluca-Smith, VP Marketing at WDS addresses how handset subsidies are impacting operator margins, yet many have been reluctant to remove them for fear of customer dissatisfaction. In trying to find the middle ground, several operators have looked to turn the traditional model on its head.
At the Future of Wireless 2013 event staged by UK industry organisation Cambridge Wireless earlier this month, James Collier, the founder and CTO of white space solutions provider Neul, suggested that mobile operators are ill-equipped to provision the Internet of Things (IoT). Alex Sinclair, CTO of the GSMA, countered by suggesting that the IoT opportunity is big enough for everyone, but MNOs will clearly be key players and not just for simple connectivity.
At the Future of Wireless 2013 event staged by UK industry organisation Cambridge Wireless earlier this month, James Collier, the founder and CTO of Neul suggested that mobile operators as they stand are ill-equipped to provision the Internet of Things (IoT).
The European mobile telecoms industry is now at the maturity stage of its life cycle. While the introduction of LTE is still a relatively recent event, there is limited revenue growth and consolidation is starting to set in. Rather than being challengers, in some ways mobile operators themselves have started to look like the old fixed line operators at the start of the telecoms market liberalisation in the 1980s.
Vodafone’s determination to buy Kabel Deutschland represents both an offensive and defensive strategy as it looks to strengthen its position in its leading European market.
Jonathan Bell, VP of Marketing at OpenCloud, discusses how policy and pricing are just two dimensions along which telecoms operators can differentiate their propositions. By adding a third dimension, the service behaviour itself, operators can define and bring true innovation to the market that surpasses the traditional approaches of the past, he says.
The good news for carriers is that cloud computing is the most important and sustainable revenue opportunity since voice. Not only that, by delivering next generation IT through the next generation network (NGN), carriers could become the leading channel in the cloud computing business, with unique competences and valuable assets.
It’s no secret that ‘bricks and mortar’ retail strategies are battling against some difficult economic conditions right now. Mobile operators are by no means immune to this, says Tim Deluca Smith, VP Marketing for WDS Global.