Metric: UMA to drive $1.6B in carrier revenue

According to a new study by Alexander Resources, unlicensed mobile access (UMA) technology promises to accelerate the pace of fixed-to-wireless substitution while helping wireless carriers boost ARPU and decrease churn. The convergence of WiFi and cellular networks will generate an estimated $1.6 billion in new revenue for wireless carriers by 2010 in the US alone. Landline telephone companies, on the other hand, stand to lose revenues from increased fixed-to-wireless substitution. Minimum loses for these companies are forecasted to reach $399 million by 2010. The report also predicts that hotspots will not play a major factor in stealing carrier voice minutes.

For more on the UMA study:
- view this press release