In emerging markets, investments in LTE networks will continue.
This is normal for operators to increase network capacity as long as data traffic and revenue grow. The technology becomes a mainstream one for mobile broadband, and successfully triggers other important projects that were in the pipeline for too long, for example, review and consolidation of charging and billing platforms. It has been happening during 2013 and in 2014 the trend will become a requirement.
While mobile broadband, versatility and affordability of smart devices are key enablers of sustainable growth in data, capacity and configuration of previously deployed charging and billing systems had not allowed operators to compensate the drop of voice revenue. Service providers will need to address this in the short term.
Growth of digital content and services globally explain why operators move to aggregation of third-party content though alliances and/or to multi-play though M&A. To bring these efforts to fruition, proper attention should be paid to inter-partner settlements, including provisioning of content, preferably in real time. Availability of heavy-duty flexible charging and billing technologies should help.
What else to expect? A mix of M2M, embedded SIM, Cloud and NFC might be waiting for yet another ingredient or two?
Alexander Zakrytnoy is the Sales Director at CBOSS.