A chronicle of business model change and end user transformation in the global communications industry.
CBRS Needs Certainty, Firms Say
Telecom and all other firms generally hate uncertainty. So a call for keeping in place rules for Citizens Broadband Radio Service, and it's approach to spectrum sharing, is important, industry suppliers say
You can see where this is going. Younger users text more than they talk, and though today's users 25 and above still talk more than they text, the usage pattern is uniform: younger age cohorts text more than older age cohorts.
So as each age cohort advances, one might predict that texting behavior will grow over time. How much it grows is the only real question.
Users 18 or younger actually"talk" about as much as users 55 to 64. One suspects an awful lot of "voice" activity is of the coordination and collaboration sort, so that younger and mid-life workers might be in work groups that require more coordination than workers 55 to 64.
“Take the package” (early retirement) quipped Tony Mosley, Ocean Specialists director of business development, after a review of major trends in the global telecom business at the latest PTC Academy program in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mosley's playful retort came just before students developed a list of key challenges they would face as new CEOs of their own retail businesses.
The work teams came up with a list of six major issues they would have to confront: Margin compression Regulation Over the top services Differentiation Spectrum Convergence As part of the three-day program, students (mid-career telecom professionals) are exposed to the business challenges leaders of businesses confront, and how they work to overcome those obstacles.
As always is the case, there was debate about whether it is possible to “move up the stack,” adding value and perhaps occupying new niches in the business ecosystem, to boost revenue and raise margins. At the concluding session, students were immersed in thinking…
Verizon arguably has a problem: its positioning in the mobile market as the carrier with the best network is challenged by T-Mobile US, though on several dimensions Verizon still has a small lead. One example: The two service providers were tied for first place in OpenSignal 4G and overall speed metrics. To be sure, Verizon maintains a slim lead. OpenSignal testers were able to find a Verizon LTE signal 88.2 percent of the time, but T-Mobile US 4G availability was less than two percentage points below Verizon's, OpenSignal says. In fact, says OpenSignal, “either Verizon or T-Mobile won or shared every single national award in our report.” The LTE speed race between T-Mobile and Verizon has long been a close one, but in our last U.S. report T-Mobile US held the edge, OpenSignal says. “That narrow lead, however, disappeared in our latest round of testings.” “We measured average LTE download speed on T-Mobile at 16.7 Mbps and on Verizon at 16.9 Mbps, results close enough to produce a s…