While plenty of firms have risen and fallen with the rapid ascent of mobile communications over the last 30 years, the markets for products and services have served consumers extremely well. Many factors have caused the enormous growth and success in mobile communications including human desire to communicate pervasively; competition among technologies, manufacturers and operators; extensive innovation; and the means by which this can be shared among suppliers through open and collaborative standards including technology licensing.
Apple continues to go from strength to strength with stellar profitability because it competes so effectively on several different fronts. Its smartphone industry profit share grew to 94 percent during the September quarter, up from 85 percent one year ago. This is in part due to the fact that Samsung, the only other smartphone maker which has shown decent profitability in recent years, has significantly declined of late. It is also because of Apple's enormous ongoing strengths in trading and competing with other smartphone ecosystem players, including its customers.
As wireless operators and their vendor partners put their 5G plans in place, the ultimate winners will be consumers and businesses, which could gain a wider range of new speeds and capabilities available regardless of their location.
The FCC's net neutrality rules could undermine what is being proposed for 5G networks by the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance and others. Who knows how very well 5G might enable development of other innovative new services, business models and pricing packages if it remains unshackled?
The smartphone revolution has greatly expanded the size of the handset market with global revenues doubling in the last six years, as consumers substitute more expensive smartphones for their feature phones and basic phones. Yet changes have devastated most of the leading incumbent handset vendors.
Keith Mallinson There is a lot to play for and at stake in mobile communications. It is among the very largest industries with operator revenues of $1.16 trillion (€812.4 billion)...
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) is gearing up to demonstrate new approaches to Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets) planning and Wi-Fi steering at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress.
Technology makes so much possible. We are principally constrained by the limits to our imagination and reluctance to try doing things that are new and different. We have come a long way with 2G, 3G and 4G, but there is clearly still enormous scope for innovation and improvement on our mobile networks with 5G. Perhaps Europe will regain its former glory and fortune by making this happen?
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.