This week we look at African cell towers, social-ites in AME, upcoming Country Intelligence Reports and PON's future.
- Pyramid Research just published a report on cell towers in Africa. In "Faulty Towers: How Operators Can Avoid Tower-Sharing Pitfalls and Create Value," Senior Analyst Kerem Arsal looks at when and how tower outsourcing/sharing agreements are likely to emerge in the African telecommunications markets.
- In her companion Pyramid Point blog post for her Insider report on mobile social networks in Africa and the Middle East (AME), Ronda Zelezny-Green, associate research analyst at Pyramid, writes that young people in Africa and the Middle East will only become more relevant to operators, not less. Read more in "Mobile Social Networks Tap Youth Movement."
- Coming next week are Pyramid Research Country Intelligence Reports for El Salvador, the Czech Republic, Malaysia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. These are five-year telco market forecasts for each country, including a focus on new business opportunities for operators, handset manufacturers and others. You can download free excerpts of all 60 CIRs here.
- Over at Heavy Reading, Chief Analyst Graham Finnie writes in his Heavy Lifting blog post "Where's PON Going Next?" that 10GPON is the logical next step, but some are already looking toward the generation beyond that.
- Finally, just a reminder that there's still time to register for the upcoming "Making Money on Mobile Broadband" conference in Brazil in June. For more details, see Pyramid Research Senior Analyst Vinicius Caetano's Pyramid Point, "Brazil Goes Louco for Mobile Broadband." Comment on our Facebook page here.
— Matt Donnelly, Managing Editor, Pyramid Research