How can an operator extract value by helping streamline content provided by over the top (OTT) players?
Telecoms operators are providing what we call data pipes which come with a level of quality enabling consumers to access content from international OTTs. Not everybody is interested in open packages that offer unlimited access. - many are more interested in video streaming, and others in being continuously connected to social media. We have to differentiate our offerings based on what customers believe they need to be connected to.
Can this be done in an affordable way?
We are providing a'one-size fits all' offering which offers everything to everybody. Once we start looking into affordability, we start looking into what people really want and start creating innovative products and services to cater to their requirements. If operators start segmenting behaviours to develop products and services for different segments they will make it affordable.
What comes after long-term evolution (LTE) or fourth generation (4G)spectrum?
LTE is another milestone for wireless technology. 4G will bring more speeds and service quality and hopefully after some time we will see higher speeds with Advanced LTE, with speeds comparable or even better than fixed connectivity.
Mobile penetration is nearly saturated in the
Saturation is very obvious in the voice segment. However, broadband still has room for growth and I'm not really worried about demand on capacities, simply because that's what the customer wants and as service providers we have to deliver otherwise customers will go for other options.
Current network usage in the
The growth is tremendous and will continue to be with the emergence of different data hungry applications and solutions. On the other hand, people's behaviour has changed.There is greater demand from people to be connected to multiple devices, which all consume bandwidth. Every single individual quota has been multiplied over the years and that will continue. You can't really bet on slowing down the usage because people are getting used to it - it entertains them, and enriches their lives.
How important are enhancements to the fixed fibre network in
Fixed network in general enables you to give capacities to your customers at very high qualities and capacities. It is a must have for enterprises, as those kinds of customers demand very high quality, sustainable connectivity. I have seen a lot of enterprises that use wireless as the backbone and it proved very efficient and delivered very solid performance. But again you still have to have the option,where you have fixed connectivity along with wireless support.
Does the telecoms industry need a policy equivalent to aviation's 'open skies policy' when awarding spectrum licences?
The open skies policy requires regulatory bodies that overlook the entire GCC. What is happening today is that different entities regulate different markets. There is heavy competition in different countries in the GCC but it is still growing in terms of data and how much we can do to address the growth in the enterprise sector.To have an airline model, I think that is a bit far to adapt and I'm not sure whether it would succeed for the telecoms sector.
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