Telcos urged to innovate data tariffs to counter OTT threat

Operators need to get better at billing for data

At LTE North America in Dallas this week, a panel featuring Wireless 2020, IBM, Allot Communications and US-based MVNO FreedomPop urged the service provider community to develop more flexible and tailored data bundles for customers.

4G, wifi drive out-of-home data boom – report

UK out-of-home data on 4G and wifi stands at 35.6 petabytes per month

4G and public wifi networks now account for approximately 35.6 petabytes of data consumed by the UK public when out-of-home every month, according to a report by UK government advisory firm Broadband Stakholder Group (BSG). The study found that data consumed out of the home accounts for roughly 5% of all data used in the UK, with residential broadband generating approximately 650 petabytes per month.

Vodafone gets data-happy with NOW TV and Spotify

Is Vodafone offering a bottomless pit of data?

Vodafone has announced three initiatives encouraging more data consumption by UK and Australian users. The telco is announcing free subscriptions to BSkyB’s movie streaming service NOW TV for users in the UK, and free Spotify Premium accounts for Australian customers.

Three UK talks data

Three is trying to navigate the sea of data

Arguably the most disruptive telco in the UK market today, Three UK is looking to leverage insights generated from its vast troves of network data in a bid to improve customer satisfaction and how the business caters to segmented customer needs, as well as derive incremental value from existing customers.

Today’s pricing in mobile and fixed-line networks is toxic

Toxic pricing can be a waste of profit

Revenue and profit sources of mobile and fixed-line network providers are under much more pressure than originally thought. Users are radically changing their behaviour, over-the-top (OTT) offers are highly competitive, and, most of all, non-future proof toxic price models are in place.

Mark Slinger, Head of Product at Systems Mechanics


Mark Slinger, Head of Product at Systems Mechanics, talks to at TM Forum Live! 2014 about how operators can reduce their tools and infrastructure footprint by using one consolidated real-time, big data platform capable of capturing data to any scale, from any source or type and visualising a correlated picture in one place.  

Ericsson: China set to dominate LTE data

Mobile data growth by type

Infrastructure giant Ericsson forecasts total mobile data traffic growth will increase ten-fold between now and 2019, on the back of smartphone subscription growth that is expected to grow at four times the rate of total mobile subscriptions, and total global LTE subscriptions that are forecasted to grow 13-fold.

Consumers “don’t care about privacy”, survey finds

The survey suggests consumers are happy to share personal data under the right circumstances.

Almost two thirds’ of consumers aged between 18 and 34 “don’t care about privacy”, with 59 per cent of those aged between 35 and 44 equally unconcerned, according to a report published today.

Ad-supported mobile broadband service launched in UK

Samba Mobile runs on 3UK's network

An MVNO that offers free mobile data in return for viewing adverts has launched in the UK. Samba Mobile is available for tablet and laptop owners and offers users a range of interactive adverts to drive engagement.

US operators to introduce shared data pricing plans

US operators are gearing up to launch shared data price plans

Operators in the US are preparing to launch shared data plans, allowing multiple devices owned by an individual or members of a family to draw data from a single monthly allotment. The move is one of the first examples of innovation in data pricing, as operators struggle to reap dividends from an increase in consumer data usage.

Telefónica offers EU-wide data roaming for €2 a day

Telefonica is offering 25MB of data usage for €2 to customers roaming within the EU

Telefónica has announced a new pan-European data roaming tariff for customers, which it claims is up to ten times cheaper than the new price caps approved by the European Parliament this week.

Customers on the Movistar and O2 networks will be able to use up to 25MB of data whilst abroad, anywhere across the 27 European Union member states, for just €2 per day.

Why Wi-Fi offload and roaming are key to meeting growing data demands


Data traffic demand is growing rapidly in the wake of operator strategies to encourage mobile broadband adoption. As a result, the industry is talking about offload as a solution but one which takes many forms, leaving many operators unsure of which path to take. The business case for Wi-Fi is evolving, and not just for data offload but also voice and messaging, offering an opportunity for the deeper integration of Wi-Fi with the operator’s service portfolio. However, what are the issues and friction points that operators might envisage, and how might they be overcome?

3UK says 97 per cent of the traffic on its network is data

3UK says 97 per cent of all of the traffic on its network is data

Mobile operator 3UK has announced that 97 per cent of all the traffic travelling through its network today is data. The carrier added that in the 14 months between June 2010 and September 201, it has seen a 427 per cent increase in data usage for smartphone customers.

KPN joins flat rate data revolt

Data pricing needs to be more closely linked to the cost of delivering the service, KPN said

Dutch carrier KPN is the latest operator to join the revolt against flat rate data charges and is likely to introduce usage-based tariffs by the end of the year.

Time for greater reporting transparency in the mobile industry


I was reading an article this morning that talked about the need for greater consistency in global financial-reporting standards, and it had a particular slant on the need for transparency regarding companies’ sustainability performance. It wasn’t focused directly on the sector I cover, but it did get me thinking about how stale reporting standards in telecoms have become.

The robots are coming!

Next week, robots and people will flock to the UK’s De Montfort University in Leicester for the thirty-sixth annual convention for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB 2010). Alas, the Informer won’t be going, but he thinks it sounds like a fascinating programme, with more than a touch of science fiction about it, aiming to discuss innovations that people will think of as commonplace in 50 years time.

NSN throws down gauntlet on smartphone signalling burden

NSN has accused its competitors of overlooking the signalling burden on 3G networks

Most infrastructure vendors are failing to address the signalling burden placed on 3G mobile networks by high end smartphones, according to Nokia Siemens Networks.

Increasing mobile network capacity without the technology upgrade

Increasing mobile network capacity without the technology upgrade

As use of mobile internet devices such as smartphones and 3G dongles continues to grow, more mobile subscribers want to access high data volume internet applications such as video. This is leading to an unprecedented increase in traffic on the mobile networks.

Orange UK reveals iPhone data limit

Orange UK reveals iPhone data limit

UK mobile operator Orange is attracting criticism this week as it prepares to go up against O2 with its own iPhone offer.

From Bit Pipe to Intelligent Pipe

Policy Management is an emerging area with great promise in meeting operators’ requirements for dynamic, intelligent, and granular control of subscribers, services and networks.