Mobile Leadership Strategies ยป Mobility and Public Policy

As mobility pervades the lives of both consumers and businesses, it increasingly comes under the watchful scrutiny of public policy, legislative agendas and government regulations. Players looking to succeed in mobile need to not only understand the current public policy zeitgeist but also where it's headed in the future. Here is our perspective.

Handicapping the Real-World Net Neutrality Impact

Perspective | Rich Karpinski | February 23, 2015

With the FCC preparing to release its Net neutrality proposal on February 23, we've already seen volumes – including 3.7 million consumer comments to the FCC and endless daily media coverage – written about what could and should happen. But if you are a mobile operator (or partner with or sell to one), only one question really matters: What impact will this issue have on how mobile providers do business today, in a year and a decade from now?

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Obama Backs Net Neutrality, Classifying Broadband as a Utility

Daily Insight | Rich Karpinski | November 11, 2014

In a policy statement released by the White House on November 10, President Barack Obama gave his full support to Net neutrality and advised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prevent Internet providers and wireless carriers from giving preferential treatment to certain content providers. Obama added that broadband should also be reclassified as a regulated utility.


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Mobile Leadership Directions, January 2015

Report | Wally Swain | February 3, 2015

451 Research shares analyst insights on industry news daily in our free Mobile Now e-newsletter. Our Directions reports review the insights from the past month and provide an overview of the trends we see emerging in the space. This month, Google made big news with a suspension of Google Glass, while Apple announced record earnings.

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FCC Votes To Open Net Neutrality Debate

Daily Insight | Rich Karpinski | May 16, 2014

Pushed by Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted 3-2 to open debate surrounding Net neutrality in a move that could impact the openness of the Web and allow service providers to offer varying speeds for specific services.


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Report: Google Set to Become a US MVNO

Daily Insight | Rich Karpinski | January 22, 2015

It’s déjà vu all over again. Once again, rumors are rampant that Google will be launching its own mobile phone service, this time running over T-Mobile and Sprint infrastructure as an MVNO.

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Mobile Device Unlocking Goes Live in the US

Daily Insight | Rich Karpinski | February 12, 2015

Device unlocking in the US is now official. The FCC said the top US mobile operators are now deemed compliant with an FCC agreement they signed in December 2013 requiring them to unlock customer devices once contract obligations are met. 

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2015 Predictions: An Ecosystem Aligns To Unleash Mobility

Report | Yankee Group | December 23, 2014

As users continue to demand more of the mobile network, connected devices and apps across their personal and professional lives, mobile network operators, enterprises, financial institutions and other organizations of all types must evolve to create a frictionless customer experience. In 2015, we'll see operator consolidation, smart device proliferation, and work and finances go increasingly mobile -- and consumers will be at the helm.

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Consolidate, Break Up or What? Operator Uncertainty Hobbles Brazil

Perspective | Wally Swain | November 13, 2014

As Latin America regulators push for more competition, the region’s operators are in a state of uncertainty as some are looking to divest assets (e.g., America Movil in Mexico), others are acquiring competitors and overall the market seems to be in a state of confusion. A case in point is the region’s biggest market, Brazil.

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Chile’s Net Neutrality Goes Too Far

Perspective | Wally Swain | June 16, 2014

Citing Net neutrality, Chilean regulator Subtel ruled operators may not bundle, exclude from usage-based charges or otherwise offer free social networks like Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp. They cannot even create a tariff that puts such offers on an economic basis. The first decision is legally correct but very unfortunate. The second is simply a bad decision.

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FCC Should Link Net Neutrality and M&A

Perspective | Rich Karpinski | June 4, 2014

It often seems the Net neutrality debate will never a) end, or b) see a satisfactory conclusion. These two points are no doubt connected. There is no easy solution to the Net neutrality question, so it’s simpler—and politically expedient—for regulators, politicians and judges to keep pushing off the hard decisions to tomorrow.

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Argentine Senate Moves to Declare Mobile an ‘Essential Public Service’

Perspective | Wally Swain | May 13, 2014

There are no less than five separate bills before the Argentine senate seeking to declare mobile telephony an “essential public service,” akin to water, electricity or fixed telephony. If any one of them passes (which seems likely), it will have major ramifications for mobile operators in Argentina and across the region.

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Coming US Spectrum Auctions Drive Future Competitive Leadership

Perspective | Ken Rehbehn | March 11, 2014

As the U.S. LTE market becomes ever more competitive, spectrum remains a major factor behind operator success— and coming auctions will determine future winners and losers. 

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4G Is a Fad?

Perspective | Wally Swain | October 4, 2013

"Fiber is the future; 4G is what is fashionable." So said Saul Cohen, president of Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB), in an interview with Latin American telecom portal Convergencia Latina recently.  We beg to differ.

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Operators Must Stay the Big Data Course, Risks Aside

Perspective | Rich Karpinski | July 5, 2013

As concerns over government electronic snooping continue unabated, mobile players—but in particular mobile operators—must balance competing interests: legitimate government access, consumer concerns about privacy and the very future of their just out-of-the-gate big data businesses.

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The Party’s Over: LA Operators Face Impending Regulatory Rush

Perspective | Wally Swain | March 4, 2013

As Latin America preps for 4G spectrum auctions, most countries' policymakers are sending the signal they want the world to participate. More bidders drive auction prices up but, more importantly, more competitors drive down consumer prices and force incumbents to provide better service. Unfortunately, no high-profile global operators are indicating interest--and that could leave policymakers with no choice but to up regulatory oversight.

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Can the EU Avoid a Downward Mobility Spiral?

Perspective | Declan Lonergan | October 3, 2012

Current EU economic uncertainty is jeopardizing the long-term future of the mobile industry in the region. Could recent macro-economic events that are already creating a vicious circle become an ever-increasing downward spiral?

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Apple’s Samsung Patent Victory May Be an Android Killer

Perspective | Carl Howe | September 19, 2012

Apple's U.S,$1 billion patent suit win is tough on Samsung, no doubt. But it's likely to be even tougher on Google and Android, as device makers hedge their bets to ensure they don't meet the same fate.

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