Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Cross boarder consolidation no silver bullet for European telcos

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Friday 27 April 18

In the run up to the Gigabit Access event in Brussels this month, Total Telecom met up with Daniel Kurgan, CEO at BICS, to discuss the state of Europe's telecoms market

A recent industry report claimed that Europe has seen a 600 per cent increase in LTE roaming, since the implementation of the Roam Like At Home initiative, but what impact will this have on the way that telcos view data going forward? Kurgan believes that this statistic is merely the beginning of a worldwide data explosion.  "Roam Like At Home has unleashed the potential of LTE roaming. Our view is that it will continue to grow massively. The data roaming is still going to see massive, massive expansion. It's more affordable, technology improves, the market dynamics are there to really make it happen. We see it in the day to day behaviour of people when they travel.  "Next summer we expect to see another massive explosion in LTE roaming [as Europeans head off for their summer holidays abroad]…

A recent industry report claimed that Europe has seen a 600 per cent increase in LTE roaming, since the implementation of the Roam Like At Home initiative, but what impact will this have on the way that telcos view data going forward? Kurgan believes that this statistic is merely the beginning of a worldwide data explosion.  "Roam Like At Home has unleashed the potential of LTE roaming. Our view is that it will continue to grow massively. The data roaming is still going to see massive, massive expansion. It's more affordable, technology improves, the market dynamics are there to really make it happen. We see it in the day to day behaviour of people when they travel.  "Next summer we expect to see another massive explosion in LTE roaming [as Europeans head off for their summer holidays abroad]…

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