Plum Insight: Video content and broadband – a marriage made in heaven

In the developed world there is now strong convergence between the retail pay TV markets and the retail broadband markets in which suppliers in both markets increasingly compete for the spend of the same consumers. This trend is likely to continue as the capability of fixed and mobile broadband networks continues to improve rapidly over[…]

How can Europe succeed in 5G?

It is fairly well known now that the ‘traditional’ cellular investment thesis breaks down when run with both 5G financial and engineering numbers, driven by ongoing traffic growth, insufficient cost efficiency improvements, and weak top line growth. Whilst some say that traffic growth may slow once we plateau on video, this is uncertain. Virtual reality[…]

Assessing the proposed merger between Sky NZ and Vodafone NZ

In 2016, Vodafone New Zealand and Sky Network Television Limited proposed to merge their businesses, and applied to the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) for clearance. Under the New Zealand Commerce Act 1986, the NZCC can grant clearance if it is satisfied that the Proposed Transaction will not have the effect or likely effect of[…]

Gotta Cover ’em All: can Pokémon help deliver universal broadband coverage?

Mobile network planning is by now a pretty well established process – operators first roll out coverage to areas where there is a large demand, and then add additional equipment or spectrum in areas where the coverage layer doesn’t provide enough capacity. The initial coverage investment is restricted to where enough people are willing to[…]

Review of licence fees in the Australian 17.3-51.4 GHz band

Plum was engaged by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to review the current taxes for the Ka (17.3-51.4 GHz) spectrum band, and to investigate how existing taxation arrangements could be improved. Plum concluded that the Ka band was unlikely to become congested in the near future, and that many frequency bands have witnessed[…]

Risky business: managing through the uncertainty of Brexit in telecommunications

With so many areas affected by the potential British exit from the EU (Brexit) and the accompanying uncertainty, it is premature to form firm views as to how telecommunications players should react. Impact will depend largely on terms associated with withdrawal yet to be agreed between the UK and EU. Therefore, strategic planning and risk[…]

Competition, mergers and site costs: lessons learned from the iterated cost model

Recently we’ve been working on expanding the capability of one of our mobile network models – the iterated cost (or bootstrap) model. In a nutshell, this model treats buyers and sellers of mobile data as rational economic agents. When the cost of supplying data falls, consumers buy more of it. Similarly, operators invest in additional[…]

All change: how 5G will shake up spectrum management

Although the technology underpinning 5G is still in development, it is likely to offer additional capacity and efficiency in the radio access network much as preceding generations have. However, with ever-growing traffic demand, challenging competition, and the rise of OTT services, operators are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain healthy business margins. There is uncertainty[…]