Unlimited mobile data is back
The state of 4G pricing and spectrum usage, 2nd half 2016 DFMonitor 6th release
October 2016
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What’s new in the DFMonitor 6th release, 2nd half 2016
  • Latest, September 2016, smartphone and mobile broadband plan data caps and prices from 135 operators and 57 MVNOs in EU28 & OECD are now public on DFMonitor.eu
Unlimited mobile data is back – Context and analysis
  • Which are the 29 operators that sell unlimited mobile data? Are prices affordable and what restrictions apply?
  • How many gigabytes €30 buys across EU28 & OECD markets?
Spectrum usage MB/year/MHz/pop per country (2015) and operator (2015 and 2Q2016)
  • Total mobile data volume per country (2015) and per operator (2015 & 2Q2016)
  • Monthly mobile data usage per capita (countries) and per SIM (operators)
Mobile-first – Context and analysis
  • Which are the 42 mobile-centric operators that put mobile first (rather than executing a fixed-mobile strategy)?
  • Do mobile-centric operators sell for the same price much higher data caps than fixed-centric operators?
  • Do mobile-centric operators have much higher spectrum usage than fixed-centric operators?
List of over hundred zero-rated video and other apps in EU28 & OECD countries
  • Which are the 35 operators that zero-rate or apply a differential price to selected video apps?
  • Which are the 59 operators that zero-rate or apply a differential price to selected apps?
  • Do operators that zero-rate video sell for the same price much lower data caps than operators that do not?
  • Do operators that zero-rate video have much lower spectrum usage than operators that do not?
List of tariffs in EU28 where tethering/hotspot functionality is blocked or restricted
  • Which operators and MVNOs block or restrict tethering/hotspot functionality in smartphone plans?
European Commission proposed wholesale data roaming cap of €8.5/GB compared to domestic retail gigabyte prices across EU28 markets
  • Why the artificially high wholesale cap of €8.5/GB proposed by the Commission has little to do with real costs
  • Why the reverse engineered wholeale cap of €8.5/GB will penalize North-Eastern operators with large data caps and competitive low prices while protecting South-Western operators' cartel-like roaming and domestic margins
  • Will European consumers be able to use their domestic large (>5-10 gigabytes) or unlimited data volume plans or their zero-rated video applications and services when they roam abroad in a non-affiliated mobile network?
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The Commission proposed wholesale data roaming cap of €8.5/GB is anomalous and will distort competition in North-Eastern mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive
2016
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Finland
Poland
Denmark
France
United Kingdom
Italy
Germany
Spain

October 2016
UPDATED with DG Competition's response to Rewheel's concerns. How low should the wholesale data roaming cap be in 2017 to avoid the distortion of competition in North-Eastern domestic mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive?

Finnish-like unlimited mobile data model now proliferating in Europe
2016
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Germany
Hungary
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October 2016
Efficient use of radio spectrum resources: Elisa Finland is the world's most efficient operator in turning MHz-s into gigabytes. Elisa in Finland pumps 26 times as much gigabyte per MHz per population as Vodafone in Germany. Unlimited mobile data model spreading in Europe, increasing North-South tentions in the EU mobile data roam like at home debate.

Effective structural remedies for Hutchison-WIND 4 to 3 Italian mobile merger
2016
Iliad
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September 2016
This research report was submitted to Commissioner Vestager and DG Competition on 30th May 2016, three months prior to the European Commission's announcment (link) of approving the merger subject to remedies.

Mobile data usage (gigabyte volume) in Finland is set to overtake fixed-line broadband usage in Germany in 2016
2016
Finland
Germany
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Dna
TeliaCompany
networkeconomics

May 2016
In 2016 mobile data volume consumption per person in Finland is set to exceed fixed-line broadband volume consumption per person in Germany. Anecdotal evidence reported by WDR (German public media) indicated that younger users are frustrated by very restrictive smartphone plan volume caps.

Telenor Denmark – Turnaround strategy
2016
Telenor
Denmark
mobile-first
networkeconomics

April 2016
Telenor’s Danish strategy is in tatters. Telenor’s 4 to 3 consolidation attempt was blocked by the European Commission while its ‘me too’ strategy has been a failure dragging down its profitability. Can Telenor turn the business around and return to profitability?

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