What with that volcano and the upcoming election, the spectrum auctions in Germany and the Netherlands have gone largely unreported in the UK. In Germany, total bids for available spectrum (in 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands) already amount to more than €1.88 billion. Some observers estimate the final figure will be between €6 billion and &e... Read more
I've been listening closely to the tone of announcements made by mobile network operators and infrastructure suppliers since the start of the year. They seem to be trying to outdo each other with Doomsday scenarios of where the mobile Internet's headed. It's clear operators are barely coping with huge increases in data traffic, and the situation's only got worse... Read more
The hype about cloud computing services continues relentlessly. Not only could IT architectures revert back to more-centralised systems, but completely new business models may emerge to disrupt the market. Yet I'm sensing the first signs of "cloud fatigue" are creeping in with the clients I'm talking to. I'm sure this is partly caused by the flurry of definition... Read more
Amid the gloom of the economic crisis, the issuance of 3G licences in China has caused many telecom executives' eyes to light up with dollar signs, despite the challenges presented by the country's three different 3G standards. The three Chinese network operators are slated to spend $20 billion on 3G infrastructure in 2009, so it's is easy to see why. However, a... Read more
Ive just arrived in Barcelona with the CCS Insight team for the Mobile World Congress Event (formally 3GSM). This is one of my favourite work-weeks of the year despite being the most demanding.
Ive been attending the show for over 10 years and seen it evolve from a little show in Cannes to a giant show in Barcelona. I miss Cannes like mad but our industry... Read more