European competition authorities and their political masters need to obsess less about maximising or preserving numbers of mobile network-based competitors, and, instead, help maximize--or at least not impede--infrastructure and services investments and other developments by letting market forces prevail. The United States shows us that allowing industry consolidation--with mergers and acquisitions among mobile network operators--increases economic efficiencies, improves financial returns and creates the incentive for further capital investments by large and small operators alike.
Cellular technologies and operator services are highly complementary to those for Wi-Fi. This symbiotic relationship will continue and grow. However, with exponential demand in growth for mobile broadband, it is essential that substantial amounts of additional spectrum be made available for cellular.
Nokia cannot afford to lose its nerve now despite calls for a Plan B from some irate shareholders. It needs to keep its focus and not undermine its best efforts.
Flipping the way mobile voice and data are priced is a bold and yet essential move. Mobile operators can now benefit from and embrace increasing use of all kinds of in-house and OTT services and applications.
The trick in auction design is to encourage sufficient competition among bidders while also ensuring that there are adequate incentives for the operators and their financial backers to build out networks rapidly and on a widespread basis.
Charging a premium for LTE, as EE is currently doing, is unsustainable. Instead; stoking mobile broadband demand with lower and lower-priced LTE is most essential.
No market is more successful, and yet also based on standards-essential patents and other patented technologies, than that for these smart devices. You'll find no evidence of stifled innovation or market blocking in smart devices under the Christmas tree this year.
Broadband needs to be brought to everybody, almost everywhere they go. This includes at home, at work and on the move with mobile devices. What we need most from policy makers is that they ensure minimally acceptable broadband speeds and service levels to virtually everybody, no matter where they are or what devices they choose to use.
Spectrum licensing should incentivise LTE rollouts with the kinds of deployment obligations used in Germany and Russia, and enforcement including significant penalties for breaching those conditions, rather simply seeking to maximise financial proceeds in auction.
With introduction of the first mobile networks worldwide, mostly on a national monopoly or duopoly basis and with cheap spectrum in the 1980s and 1990s, profitability and payback on investments