Report: Mobile data roaming to generate $42 billion by 2018

Operator revenues generated from mobile data roaming are expected to reach $42 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Juniper Research. This will represent 47 per cent of global mobile roaming revenue, compared to an estimated 36 per cent in 2013. This revenue will be driven by increasing data usage, as operator migration towards LTE will induce consumers to take advantage of faster broadband networks, while reductions in roaming charges will spur more frequent and heavier usage. LTE deployments around the world will continue to fuel the explosion of roaming data usage. However, the report notes that in order to achieve the full potential of LTE roaming, successful business models towards end-users and between operators are needed. Release