Open Season on Mobile Networks

Open access is now being touted as a key driver for content, application, and device demand in mobile broadband networks. The basic concept underlying mobile open access – the ability of any mobile device to tap into any mobile service, regardless of vendor and carrier origin – seems simple enough. But the devil, as usual, lurks in the details.

A significant move to open access would clearly benefit some players in the wireless industry, chief among them device makers and third-party content developers. For network operators, the main lure to embrace open access is the potential to boost average revenue per user (ARPU) by allowing new applications and devices to run over their networks. Stagnating ARPU continues to be a pressing problem for network operators.

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– Jeff Orr, Orr Technology

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