Voice Over Wi-Fi Value is Asymmetrical

Voice over Wi-Fi represents different sources of value for various ecosystem participants. For smartphone suppliers, Wi-Fi calling is a feature that adds value to a handset. For mobile virtual network operators, Wi-Fi calling is a way to lower operating costs, as is the case for mobile operators as well. For cable operators (or some MVNOs), […]

How IoT Helps Drive Consumer Internet Access

The connection between the industrial Internet of Things and widespread consumer Internet access is not always crystal clear. The connection is that all ubiquitous networks eventually wind up being supported by a range of revenue sources from both consumer and business customer segments. Historically, low consumer communications prices were possible only because high-profit business services […]

Average Global Internet Access Speed Grew 12%, in Most Recent Quarter; South Korea; Singapore Among Leaders

Almost nothing is more inexorable than an increase in global average connection speed from one quarter to the next. source: Akamai for example, reports a  12 percent quarter over quarter increase in average global Internet connection speed  to 6.3 Mbps. Global average peak connection speed increased 6.8 percent to 34.7 Mbps. At a country/region level, […]

Spectrum Revenues for Government are Mobile Operator’s Costs

Ecosystems always are contentious, since one segment’s revenue is another segment’s cost. High spectrum costs and fees provide one important example. High costs for 3G spectrum nearly caused some Western European mobile operators into bankruptcy. Consolidation in the Indian mobile market already is occurring, largely because of the potential new market structure created by Reliance […]

Sri Lanka Mobile Operators Test LTE-Advanced

Sri Lanka mobile service provider Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel has successfully tested 4.5G LTE-Advanced, capable of achieving speeds exceeding 1 Gbps, and says it is the first mobile operator in South Asia to do so. Dialog Axiata separately said it also has tested LTE-Advanced. n 2014, Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia […]

No New 5G Revenue?

From time to time, you will hear a consultant or market researcher make a startling claim about the next generation network (fixed, mobile or wireless), namely, that there are “no new revenues” to be generated by the new network. It is a hard claim to refute in its entirety, for some logical reasons. Telcos replacing […]

Google Fiber Getting into Fixed Wireless for Access

Google Fiber is buying Webpass, a provider of Wi-Fi services for residential and commercial buildings. Note: Webpass does so using fixed wireless. Webpass says it has tens of thousands of customers across five major markets in the United States, including San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, San Diego, Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Chicago, and Boston. […]

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