Mobile broadband will force regulatory change

Telecoms and media analyst consultancy Analysys Mason has called for Ofcom to begin considering regulatory change as the dramatic growth in mobile data usage is altering the nature of the mobile proposition.

Telecoms and media analyst consultancy Analysys Mason has called for Ofcom to begin considering regulatory change as the dramatic growth in mobile data usage is altering the nature of the mobile proposition.

As part of a study conducted for Ofcom’s ‘Mobile Sector Assessment’ consultation, Analysys revealed that the development of new applications based on mobile IP connectivity would offer further value in both consumer and business environments.

Analysys Mason partner Mike Grant explained that this changing environment was falling out of step with the UK’s regulatory framework for mobile services.

“The current framework was established to promote competition in infrastructure-based services that were delivered solely through mobile communications networks,” said Grant. “With users increasingly focused on consumption of content across multiple networks, adjustments to the regulatory framework are likely to be required if the benefits of the emerging trends are to be fully realised."

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