Will 4G drive greater network-to-network competition?

In the UK, mobile networks tend not to compete on a technology level. The benefits of greater coverage or improved network reliability are typically overshadowed as the operator instead promotes  a ‘lifestyle’ choice or a  price benefit. Ironically, in doing so they often end-up promoting third-party OTT players instead of their own value. US operators have a greater legacy of competing at the network level. Up until recently, drive through any US city and you’d find advertisements claiming better coverage then the next guy; AT&T’s ‘More Bars in More Places’ campaign was the focus of nationwide television and billboard advertising … Continue reading Will 4G drive greater network-to-network competition?

CTIA notes #2

Here are some notes / comments I picked up from CTIA that I had no other home for! Haitian mobile operator Voila gave a moving account of the recent earthquake and the role that its network played in keeping the relief effort running efficiently. Despite extensive damage to towers, racks, batteries etc, they had restored 80% of the network within 48hrs. Lots of testimonies from relief workers about being Voila sending them ‘boxes’ of phones to stay connected. Voila also made calls / text free of charge to all subscribers so they could contact friends and family. The US Haitian … Continue reading CTIA notes #2