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4G/LTE pricing, spectrum and network economics metrics and research reports from consultants advising European operators and regulators. DFMonitor covers European Union and OECD countries. Operated by Rewheel management consultants, Finland, since 2014.

Unlimited goes viral, Europe's mobile data divide widens


DFMonitor 7th release, 1H2017
2017
release
spectrum
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
zero-rating
roaming
networkeconomics

May 2017 (updated 22.05.2017)
The state of 4G pricing, mobile data usage, spectrum usage, network capacity utilization and fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution. After its comeback in 2016, in 2017 unlimited mobile data goes viral and spreads to 22 countries. And while in competitive markets such as France and Denmark consumers can buy 100 or unlimited gigabytes for less than €30, in tight mobile oligopoly markets such as Portugal, Greece and Hungary €30 hardly buys any gigabytes. Europe’s mobile data divide widens further: 200x more gigabytes for €30 in smartphone plans, 600x more gigabytes in mobile broadband plans, 200x difference in median gigabyte prices, 40x difference in mobile data usage per capita and spectrum usage.

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O2 – Ready to disrupt the German tight oligopoly market
2017
networkeconomics
mobile-first
pricing
merger
spectrum
5G
massiveMIMO
Germany
Telefonica
DeutscheTelekom
Vodafone

April 2017
In March 2017 Telefonica O2 Germany announced 3.5 GHz (they have 83 MHz) Massive MIMO (= very high capacity LTE macro sectors) field trials with Huawei for wireless home broadband and 4K video. Our models predict that O2's macro site grid and spectrum resources (FDD+TDD) could allow it to drive fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution in Germany by connecting millions of households with HD TV service on its high capacity LTE network.

Capacity utilization and fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution potential – A study of 64 European operators
2017
networkeconomics
mobile-first
spectrum
5G
massiveMIMO
Finland
United Kingdom
Poland
Austria
Germany
Hutchison
Telefonica
Play
Elisa

March 2017
When LTE base stations are upgraded to 'Gigabit' speed the gigabyte volume capacity of the networks also greatly expands. We modelled LTE network capacity based on existing FDD and TDD spectrum holdings (and potential acquisitions in 2.3 and 3.4-3.8 GHz bands) and sizes of the macro site grids. Without and with Massive MIMO in the TDD bands. Topical for operators contemplating fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution ahead of upcoming 700, 1500 (SDL), 2300, 3400-3600 MHz spectrum auctions.

Four year comparative study of unit prices in 4-MNO and in the 4 to 3 consolidated German & Austrian markets
2017
pricing
merger
Germany
Austria
Italy
Denmark
United Kingdom
France
Poland
Sweden
Netherlands
Hutchison
Telefonica
Iliad
Play
Tele2
Vimpelcom

January 2017
The gap between gigabyte prices in the 4 to 3 consolidated Austrian & German markets and prices in 4-MNO markets where no consolidation has taken place had substantially increased by September 2016

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Top industry issues covered

DFMonintor's research covers the below listed mobile data pricing and network economics related industry topics:
  • Unlimited mobile data
  • Vertical services, zero rating
  • Mobile-first business models, fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution
  • Spectrum auctions (700, 700 SDL, 1500 SDL, 2300 TDD, 3400-3800 MHz TDD)
  • Small cells, massive MIMO, TD-LTE, 5G
  • Capex sustainability
  • In-market mergers, competition assessments, remedies, network sharing
  • New entrants
  • EU Telecoms single market, data roaming, MVNOs

Country briefs

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Austria Australia Belgium Bulgaria Canada
Switzerland Chile Cyprus Czech Republic Germany
Denmark Estonia Greece Spain Finland
France Croatia Hungary Ireland Israel
Iceland Italy Japan Korea Lithuania
Luxemburg Latvia Malta Mexico Netherlands
Norway New Zealand Poland Portugal Romania
Sweden Slovenia Slovak Republic Turkey United Kingdom
United States


Telco briefs

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2degrees Accessindustries Altice AmericaMovil ATT
BCE Bezeq BITE BouyguesTelecom BritishTelecom
Bulsatcom Cellcom CYTA DeutscheTelekom DNA
eir Electra Elisa Entel Go
Hutchison Iliad KDDI KPN KT
LGUplus Libertyglobal Masmovil MTN Nos
Novator NTTdocomo Orange Partner Play
Polkomtel POSTLuxemburg PPF Primetel Proximus
RCS-RDS RogersCommunications Siminn SingTel Shaw
SKTelecom Softbank Spark Sunrise Swan
Swisscom TDC Tele2 TelecomItalia Telefonica
TelekomAustria TelekomSlovenije Telemach Telenor TeliaCompany
Telstra Telus Turkcell TurkTelekom VEON
Verizon Vivacom Vodafone VodafoneIceland WindHellas
Main brands: 2degrees, 3, 4ka, A1, ATT, au, Avea, BASE, Bell, BITE, BouyguesTelecom, Bulsatcom, Cellcom, Claro, Cosmote, CYTA, Digi, DNA, EE, Elisa, Entel, Freedom, FreeMobile, Go, GolanTelecom, HotMobile, ice, KPN, LMT, MEO, Meteor, Movistar, Mtel, MTN, Nos, Nova, NTTdocomo, O2, Olleh, Optus, Orange, Partner, Pelephone, Play, Plus, Post, Primetel, Proximus, Rogers, Salt, Saunalahti, SFR, Siminn, Softbank, Spark, Sprint, Sunrise, Swisscom, T-Hrvatski, T-Mobile, Tango, Telcel, Tele2, TelekomSlovenije, Telemach, Telenor, Telia, Telstra, Telus, TIM, Turkcell, Tworld, Uplus, Verizon, VIP, Vivacom, Vodafone, Wind, WOM, Yoigo, YouSee
Sub brands: 3, Amena, Amigo, BASE, Ben, Bob, Boostmobile, BT, CBB, chess, Comviq, Cricket, Diil, Dipper, dlgTele, eety, Ezys, Fido, Fonic, Fullrate, giffgaff, Halebop, Hallon, Heyah, iWireless, Koodomobile, Masmovil, MetroPCS, mycall, Oister, onecall, Pepephone, pmobile, Scarlet, Skinny, Sosh, Talkmore, Telenet, Telering, Telfort, Telmore, TescoMobile, yallo, yess, Ymobile, yooopi
MVNO brands: 1und1, Alltele, Amaysim, Blackwireless, Boostmobile, Chilimobil, Coriolis, Credomobile, dodo, ecoMobile, Exetel, Flashwireless, Google, H2Owireless, Hayai, Hello, Hofertelecom, idmobile, iPrimus, Joltmobile, Koganmobile, Lapostemobile, LOLMobile, Lycamobile, MintSIM, Mobilcom-Debitel, Mobilevikings, moi, Multimedia, Net10wireless, Netia, NRJmobile, pageplus, Pcmobile, PhoneBox, Plenti, Postemobile, Publicmobile, PureTalkUSA, RedBullMobile, Redpocketmobile, Republicwireless, Robinmobile, Rokmobile, SimpleMobile, Simply, Smartmobil, spusu, Straighttalk, Telechoice, Tello, Tjeep, TotalWireless, TPG, TPO, UPC, UPC-cablecom, vaya, Virginmedia, Virginmobile, Voo, VTR, yomojo, Youfone, Yourfone


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