Global - Mobile - Termination Rates, Roaming & Number Portability


Archived report. This report was archived in 2010 and has not been updated since. International roaming charges and mobile termination rates have finally begun to drop due to both competition and the introduction of regulations/price capping. As mobile operators search for new revenue streams, attention is turning to increasing mobile customers’ usage of international roaming including mobile data roaming services. This report provides as overview of three key issues for competition and pricing: mobile termination rates, roaming and mobile number portability. Case studies on Europe’s MTR and roaming markets are also included.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction: mobile competition
    • 2.1 BaK and CPNP payment systems
  • 3. Mobile Termination Rates
    • 3.1 Brief case study: MTR in Europe
    • 3.2 The death of termination rates approaches?
  • 4. Roaming
    • 4.1 Market overview
    • 4.2 Mobile data roaming
      • 4.2.1 Corporations need to manage roaming costs
    • 4.3 Case study: roaming in Europe
      • 4.3.1 Amendments
      • 4.3.2 Data roaming
    • 4.4 Users frustrated with mobile operators
    • 4.5 Wireless VoIP coming to the rescue
  • 5. Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.1 NP is important to competition
    • 5.2 Key issues
    • 5.3 Portability strategies
    • 5.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • 6. Conclusion
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historical mobile termination rates by region – 2005
  • Table 2 –Mobile termination rates in select countries – 2009
  • Table 3 – EU average mobile termination charges – 2004 - 2008
  • Table 4 – Worldwide mobile roaming revenue – 2000; 2008; 2012
  • Table 5 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 7 – Top ten European country SMS roaming charges – 2007
  • Table 8 – Top ten European country roaming charges per MB – Q3 2007
  • Exhibit 1 – Roaming Regulation amendments – July 2009 - 2013
  • Exhibit 2 – Number portability: key considerations
  • Exhibit 3 – Examples of countries with mobile numbering plans

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Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Regulations & Government Policies
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Number of pages 12

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Last updated 17 Feb 2010
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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