EU in a muddle over roaming rules

The FT commented on the effect of profitability the proposed EU roaming rules may have on EU mobile operators, not least because mandated wholesale prices open up the possibility of arbitrage.  It is evident from the Case M.6497 “Hutchison 3G … View post >


Challenges for EU mobile operators

The European mobile telecoms industry is now at the maturity stage of the industry 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 … View post >




The end of unlimited internet

At last week’s shareholder assembly of Deutsche Telekom, the outgoing CEO Rene Obermann defended the decision to stop selling DSL packages with unlimited data volumes, by arguing that only a few percent of customers will be affected: when reaching their … View post >



Australian spectrum auction failure

The Australian 700MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction results were announced on the 7th of May. The most striking result is that 2x15MHz of the 700MHz spectrum remained unsold because VHA (Vodafone) decided not bid and Optus acquired only 2x10MHz. This … View post >


The end of spectrum auctions?

Last week the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) announced a value-for-money study of Ofcom’s CCA format spectrum auction, with the presumptions that it should have raised more money. Last week the US Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division made a submission … View post >


Towards a single EU telecoms market

In a speech delivered at Mobile World Congress 2013, Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, called for the creation of a single telecoms market in the EU. Kroes iterated that it would be of great benefit to the European … View post >


The end of geography and roaming in telecoms

Today most people are familiar with services such as Skype. Effectively a location independent mobile service, with Skype it does not matter where people call from nor does it matter where the called party is located. Geography has become irrelevant. … View post >


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