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The Future of Mobile Data Billing

Over 200 mobile operators surveyed: Almost 90% believe the availability of real-time data in their post paid billing systems is essential to future data charging models but only 22% have the capability today. Intelligence carried out research to examine how mobile data billing needs to change in the next 24 months. With responses from over 200 mobile operators, this research paper gives a detailed insight into:

  • How new data pricing, packaging and business models will require traditional post-paid billing systems to support real-time data
  • The services that operators are going to roll-out that need real-time billing data
  • The charging models that real-time data and new network controls will enable operators to bring to market.

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NSN claims it can “double data speeds” at cell edge

NSN and Qualcomm to demonstrate HSPA+ Multiflow at MWC

Operators will soon be able double mobile broadband speeds for consumers at the edge of a base station cell, by allowing devices to connect with a second base station that serves a neighbouring cell, Nokia Siemens Networks has said.

NSN and Qualcomm will be jointly demonstrating the HSPA+ Multiflow feature at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, next week.

The feature enables the simultaneous transmission of two data streams from two adjacent cells to one single consumer device. Currently, technology on the marketonly enables one data stream to be transmitted to a device from one base station, except for when a user is moving from one cell area to another, when the consumer can benefit from a “soft handover”.

However, NSN claimed that HSPA+ Multiflow can up to double throughput and data speeds for users at cell edge and provide up to 50 per cent faster response compared to existing HSPA+ networks.

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T-Mobile offers free data to all US tablet users

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

The operator said that it made the move because 90 per cent of tablets in the US use wifi only, yet they were designed to be truly mobile devices. The free data allowance is the equivalent to sending approximately 800 Instagram photos, more than 2,500 emails or streaming 200 minutes of music, T-Mobile said.

“Tablets are supposed to be un-tethered like smartphones, but it hasn’t worked out that way because people know carriers will charge them an arm-and-a-leg for mobile data,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile.

“Carriers figured out a long time ago that they could make money – a lot of money – by forcing customers into restrictive, overpriced data plans. We changed it for smartphones and we’re changing it for tablets.”

Customers who want to purchase more data have a choice of options with no annual service contracts or data overages. T-Mobile offers daily, weekly and monthly options for adding 4G LTE data.

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week, Alcatel Lucent corporate CTO Marcus Weldon noted that tablet devices are now processing more data globally than desktop PCs and laptops. He argued that this makes small cells are a vital part of the future broadband network.

“If you look at a tablet, it has no wires and no Ethernet port; if the dominant computing device is wireless that means we have to build capacity not just coverage into the network,” Weldon said. “These devices also have limited storage and rely predominantly on the cloud for storage, so we need high capacity networks. Furthermore, we use our tablets at home, at work and on the go, so we need to build ubiquitous networks that are always on.”

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T-Mobile USA abolishes data roaming charges

John Legere, CEO at T-Mobile USA

John Legere, CEO at T-Mobile USA

US operator T-Mobile has announced that it is cutting data roaming costs for its customers when they are travelling in more than 100 countries worldwide. The move, announced Wednesday evening by CEO John Legere, builds on the firm’s pricing overhauls in March, when it cut contract lengths and separated the cost of device from the cost of service, lowering monthly rates.

Legere described roaming costs as “completely crazy” and “insanely inflated” before announcing that data roaming and text messages would generate no extra costs for “most” users on its Simple Choice plans. Voice calls for these users will be charged at a flat rate of $ 0.20/minute across the same geography.

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” Legere said. “The truth is that the industry’s been charging huge fees for data roaming. But what’s most surprising is that no one’s called them out – until now.”

T-Mobile also announced that it had achieved nationwide coverage for its US LTE network. The firm claimed that the network is delivering faster speeds than those of both Verizon and Sprint, citing “recent third-party tests”.

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