Posts Tagged ‘ mobile data ’

Mobile Virtual Network operators at a turning point

Next Monday, December 14th, Mobile Monday Brussels will organise their next event.

The aim of this Mobile Monday Brussels session is to provide an understanding of the what is rapidly changing in the Belgian MVNO scene in terms of technology, branding and business models.


18h00. Registration, quick bite and Welcome by Henri Fischgrund, founder Axisparc

18h30. Presentation

  • “How SIP and VoIP is transforming the model”
    by Bernard No’l de Burlin ,CEO Mondial Telecom
  • “Mobile data MVNO and microMVNO’s”
    by Koen Delvaux, co-Founder & CMO Mobile Vikings
  • Speaker 3 under confirmation

19h40. Mobile Monday Barcelona Premier Awards selection and
Mobile Monday Brussels 2010 forecast

19h55. Presentation of HEODE and “One Way” concept by Florent Grandjean
and Loïc Bar, followed by a reception.
Location: (Sponsored by HEODE)

HEODE Louvain-La-Neuve
Axis Parc – @xeICT
Rue Emile Francqui, 5
1435 Mont-St-Guibert

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Euro parliament wants 50 cent limit on data roaming

The European Commission and the European Parliament both agree that there should be a limit on tariffs for data roaming.  While the Commission had proposed a limit of 1 euro per megabyte, the Parliament wants to go further and put the limit at 50 eurocent. 

To avoid the so called ‘bill shocks’, the unexpectedly high roaming bills, the Parliament wants to force providers to introduce a price limit.  Users should receive a warning when 80% of this limit is reached, and again when the total limit is reached. 

Other decisions made for mobile included:
– Listening to voicemail across the borders should be free (as of 1 July 2010)
– International SMS sending should cost maximum 11 cent (as of 1 July 2009)
– International calling should be limited to 40 cent per minute (as of July 2010)
– Receiving calls internationally should be limited to 16 cent per minute

These issues still have to be discussed in plenary and agreed upon by ministers from the member states.

Mobile Internet in France 2008

Some numbers and figures for the Mobile Internet use in France in 2008.

* 71% of the mobinautes between the age of 15 and 20 years know Gallery.  72% of them already uses Gallery.

* 50% of the mobinauts, who have an unlimited data subscription, connect to the Mobile Internet at least once a day.

* 16% of the mobinauts have already connected to the Mobile Internet after seeing an advertising.

* 30% of the mobinauts say they subscribed to an unlimited access offer for Mobile Internet.

New operator Mobile Vikings offers free mobile internet

Today, December 16th at 16.16, Mobile Vikings will be launched into the Belgian market.  This new mobile operator, developed by CityLive, aims to offer free mobile internet access.  This way, CityLive wants to promote their platform of mobile applications.  The high data tariffs of the traditional operators still block the proliferation of such mobile applications.  

It’s not clear how Mobile Vikings intends to finance this free data access, but probably they’re hoping that the offering of applications will compensate for that. 

United Telecom will be the provider behind Mobile Vikings.

Mobile data revenue to surpass $ 200 billion in 2008

Telecom analyst Informa predicts that this year’s worldwide mobile data revenue will surpass $ 200 billion (€ 127 billion).  In 2007 this was still $ 157 billion.  In the first quarter of 2008, mobile operators generated about $ 49 billion, or one fifth of their total revenue, in mobile data traffic.  Two third of that revenue comes from SMS messages.

The rise in mobile data traffic can make up a bit for the revenue loss in voice calls.  Mobile data transfers are stimulated by new technologies in modern mobile devices, such as the iPhone.

No less than 40% of the worldwide mobile data transfer comes from South East Asia.  Informa sees the biggest growth in the Middle East: the first quarter of 2008 had 91,7% more data transfer than the first quarter of 2007. However, the region still only represents 2% of the worldwide total.