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.
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?Read more >
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.
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.Read more >
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.
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
"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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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?Read more >
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.Read more >