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.

FirstNet Partnerships Offer Pros, Cons for Mobile Operators

Perspective | Ken Rehbehn | June 17, 2015

The US FirstNet initiative is an ambitious effort to build a dedicated public safety LTE network financed with US$7bn from spectrum auction proceeds and user fees. To realize its goal as a sustainable venture, FirstNet looks to partnerships with the private sector – but what are the costs and benefits for mobile operators?

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Radio Access Network Market Map 2015

Report | Ken Rehbehn | May 28, 2015

Mobile cellular networks connect to smartphones and Internet of Things devices over licensed spectrum. The radio access networks that make this happen are rich in complexity and ever changing. 451 Research breaks down this space in our 2015 RAN Market Map and takes a look at what makes it tick and how it will change.

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Mobile Leadership Directions, May 2015

Report | Chris Hazelton | June 2, 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. Last month, a wave of M&A activity and the continuing push to the Internet of Things dominated the mobile landscape.

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Google MVNO Play Innovates, but Falls Short of True Disruption

Report | Rich Karpinski | April 29, 2015

Short of offering totally free service, Google was going to be hard-pressed to shake up the mobile market via pricing. But with roaming across operator networks and 'phone number in the cloud,' its long-awaited MVNO service does break new ground. But true disruption it's not.

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Sprint, Softbank Agree on Network Modernization Plans

Daily Insight | Rich Karpinski | June 10, 2015

Sprint has been given the go-ahead from parent company SoftBank to move forward with plans for a large-scale overhaul of its network to make it more competitive with rivals, sources say.

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AT&T Flirts With Latin American Governments

Report | Wally Swain | May 14, 2015

Having established a Latin American beachhead in Mexico with Iusascell and Nextel de Mexico, AT&T says it wants to bid for 700MHz spectrum in Colombia, to complement the 2500MHz band it hopes to get with DirecTV.

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Ofcom Announces Rules to Improve Service

Daily Insight | Declan Lonergan | June 11, 2015

UK consumers who are displeased with their slow connection speeds will soon be able to exit their contracts, according to an announcement from Sharon White, Ofcom's new executive chief.

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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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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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