Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mobile operators lose $100m per day to Skype

Research firm forecasts global OTT communications market will be worth $53.7 billion by 2017. Skype is costing mobile operators $100 million per day, according to new research published this week. Carried out by Mobile Squared on behalf of Tyntec, the study found that Skype’s 280 million active users generate 2 billion minutes of VoIP traffic […]

The state of broadband in the U.S.

For many people, their broadband connections are their lifelines. So what is the state of broadband in the U.S.? Well, when it comes to speed and price and adoption, we’re certainly not a leader — “middling” is a better way to describe our position.   Currently 119 million people that live in the U.S. don’t […]

Ofcom completes 800MHz clearance

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has today finished a four-year project to clear the 800 MHz part of the spectrum so it is ready for LTE-based services, coming in five months ahead of its original schedule. The frequencies were previously used for broadcasting digital TV channels and by wireless audio devices, such as microphones, which had […]

Case study: the digital TV switchover in Tanzania

On 31 December 2012, Tanzania became the first country in mainland Sub-Saharan Africa to switch off its analogue television signal. In this case study we examine Tanzania’s approach to digital switchover (DSO).  The case study is based around a narrative of Tanzania’s experiences. We begin by examining the size and nature of the challenge faced […]

FCC clears SoftBank/Sprint and Sprint/Clearwire deals

The long-running SoftBank/Sprint saga could be heading towards its close, as the Japanese company’s bid for the US operator has cleared a crucial hurdle with the blessing of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to Bloomberg. Two of the three members of the FCC have backed the deal, according to people familiar with the situation. There […]

Top 20 global mobile operator groups by connections and revenue, Q1 2013

NEW ANALYSIS: China has consolidated its position as the world’s largest mobile market, according to GSMA Intelligence‘s latest ‘Scoreboard’ operator ranking – as all three of the country’s main carriers strengthened their positions from a year ago. China Mobile remained the world’s largest mobile operator based on connections and annual mobile revenue – strengthening its lead […]

FCC to vote on lowering prison phone call costs

Federal regulators will vote Friday to overhaul prison phone rates that have skyrocketed, concerned that a few companies are taking advantage of an unregulated corner of the telecommunications industry and isolating convicts from their loved ones.   The rates, which can reach $17 for a 15-minute call, have been a boon for a small set […]