Spectrum Efficiency Grows 42X Since 2010

U.S. wireless providers increased their spectrum efficiency 42 times since 2010, according to a new white paper released by CTIA, the wireless industry association. That matters since U.S. mobile service customers consume more data than customers in most other countries. On the other hand, [...]

Singapore Mobile Data Prices Unsustainable?

Singapore has very low prices for mobile data usage. Today, a gigabyte of usage costs about Singapore 90 cents. Just five years ago, a gigabyte of usage cost about S$13. Nor is the trend confined to Singapore. Mobile data prices have fallen all over Southeast Asia.  Granted, comparing prices is [...]

Spectrum Prices Will Fall

Supply and demand always affects the value of spectrum. So if supply and demand change radically, so should prices. And prices matter. Spectrum licenses make up a major portion of mobile operator assets: an average 35 percent of the assets of U.S. mobile operators, for example. In other parts [...]

U.K. Mobile Operator Revenues Drop 8% Since 2012

The existential threat to the mobility business is the seeming inability to monetize ever-increasing data consumption. In the United Kingdom, mobile revenues have dropped since 2012 by about eight percent, at a time that mobile data consumption increased by 9.5 times (almost an order of [...]

Southeast Asia Mobile Data Model is Unsustainable

Singapore has very low prices for mobile data usage. Today, a gigabyte of usage costs about Singapore 90 cents. Just five years ago, a gigabyte of usage cost about S$13. Nor is the trend confined to Singapore. Mobile data prices have fallen all over Southeast Asia.  Granted, comparing prices is [...]

Vodafone UK Rips Up Old Retail Plans

The 5G launch by Vodafone UK contains at least a couple of novel developments. For starters, Vodafone’s 5G will come in speed tiers. Vodafone Unlimited Max features unlimited mobile data usage at speeds as fast as the device and the network will allow.  Vodafone Unlimited offers speeds of up to [...]

Millimeter Wave Spectrum Really is a Big Deal

It is easy to miss the profound implications of millimeter wave spectrum, even as new ways are found to increase the amount of low-band and mid-band spectrum usable by mobile operators and Wi-Fi networks. In this illustration, the narrow slivers to the left represent licensed U.S. and [...]

5G New Revenues Will Come from Enterprise

Some of us believe incremental new use cases and potential revenue in the 5G era will be driven mostly by enterprise use cases such as internet of things. The shift from consumer to enterprise for new revenue growth is mirrored by a huge shift of computing activity. In the internet era, so far, [...]

Early 5G Speeds are 10X to 45X Faster than 4G

So far, 5G networks launched by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have had limited footprints and relatively few users. As on any lightly-loaded network, available bandwidth per user is high, ranging from 484 Mbps to 1.8 Gbps in tests by Speedtest.net. It is hard to forecast what average speeds [...]

How Big is the IoT Business, Right Now?

It is a logical question to wonder how big internet of things markets (hardware, software, services) might be, now or in the future, in any particular industry or country.  It is an almost-impossible task, though we must try. So measure IoT forecasts against global information technology [...]

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