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Analysys Mason Quarterly: Jan–Mar 2014

Analysys Mason Quarterly

Welcome to the first issue of the Analysys Mason Quarterly newsletter for 2014, which covers a range of topics that are currently high on our clients' interest list.

On mobile, Mark Colville shares his thoughts on spectrum renewal policy, Rohan Dhamija discusses how mobile operators can make money from LTE services and Ian Streule underlines the importance of wholesale services.

Rod Parker sets out the options for upgrading CATV networks to cope with evolving demand and Lluís Borrell discusses the impact of non-linear TV on TV rights.

Articles on M2M and big data strategies from Nuno Afonso and Fran González provide this quarter's data angle.


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Articles in this edition

Spectrum licences

The four critical policy criteria for mobile spectrum renewal

In many countries, 15- to 20-year GSM licences issued in the late 1990s are coming up for renewal. In addition, the first UMTS licences have already started to expire. This article examines the various approaches to spectrum re-licensing and the criteria NRAs should consider when evaluating different approaches.

Opex transformation

Opex transformation: a recipe for lasting performance improvement

Operators in emerging and mature markets increasingly face a common challenge: as competition increases and growth through new subscriber acquisition declines, improvements in performance must increasingly come from within. After operators have trimmed capex, they have to address perhaps the most delicate question of all: how to best trim opex?

Connected TV

Connected TV rights: the impact of non-linear TV take-up and evolution

This article follows on from our series of articles on the impact that the European Commission's consultation green paper has had on connected TV and the related policy debate in European Union member states and internationally. We discuss several commercial and regulatory developments that are taking place internationally because they could shed some light on this debate and subsequent action.

HFC broadband

Broadband over HFC: keeping pace with evolving broadband service requirements

The dynamic allocation of available bandwidth in hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) broadband technology (DOCSIS) allows cable operators to more readily meet advertised headline speeds than ISPs that deliver broadband services over DSL technology. This article looks at how cable operators can maintain this performance as demand continues to evolve.

LTE monetisation

Monetising LTE services: developing new revenue streams through differentiation and innovative pricing

LTE is the latest telecoms industry buzzword – mobile network operators (MNOs) have launched more than 200 live LTE networks in 100 countries. This article examines how MNOs are experimenting with services, segments and pricing in order to monetise LTE offerings, and draws on our experience of working with operators worldwide.

Mobile services

The role of wholesale in expanding next-generation mobile services

As mobile network operators expand their service offerings with next-generation (4G and enhanced 4G) services, the wholesale interface needs a coherent role in the overall strategy of the network players. In this article we introduce the role of wholesale divisions for operators developing next-generation services.

Big data

Big data for telcos: how to define a successful adoption strategy

Big data promises to reshape the corporate world as we know it, and is prominent on the agenda of policymakers and executives alike. However, the path from hype to widespread adoption is long. This article determines what is at stake for telecoms companies, and whether they have an advantage over other players.


Three essential M2M strategic considerations for small operators

Much of the value in the growing M2M market is tied to a small number of large contracts with players such as automotive manufacturers and utilities, but there is considerable value in the long tail of smaller contracts. This article outlines three steps that small operators can take to strengthen their M2M strategy.


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