Archive for September, 2009

Algeria’s mobile market expected to take three years to fully recover from global economic crisis

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Algeria ranks 15th worldwide in oil reserves, it has the eighth largest reserves of natural gas and is the fourth largest gas exporter. This has exposed the country more than others to the global economic crisis.

At over 80%, Algeria’s mobile market penetration is one of the highest in Africa. The downward trend of average revenue per user (ARPU) had already appeared to be stabilising in 2008 as subscriber growth flattened, but then it dropped by more than 10% in the first half of 2009.

BuddeComm has released a new report, Algeria – Mobile Market Overview, Statistics & Forecasts which contains an overview of the market, analysis and key statistics, profiles of the major players, and scenario forecasts for the period 2009 – 2013 of subscriber growth, ARPU, and the mobile services market size in terms of revenue, illustrated by seven tables and three charts.

However, the report also shows that the market still has enormous potential, if the mobile networks succeed in ending their price war and transforming themselves into converged service providers, absorbing much of the broadband Internet market on top of the mobile voice market. The analysis can be used as a model for other developing markets where subscriber growth is approaching saturation and operators are trying to reverse the downward trend in ARPU.

 

For more information, see:

Algeria – Mobile Market Overview, Statistics & Forecasts.

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Waikato network alliance formed

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Hamilton-based Velocity Networks and the Hamilton Network have formed an alliance with lines company WEL Networks to propagate fibre deployment in New Zealand’s Waikato region.

The three parties hope that the government’s regional broadband focus will result in a productivity and economic boost for the region.

They feel they know the local needs when it comes to fast communication networks and that their working together can get ultra fast broadband to more people and businesses throughout the Waikato in a speedier timeframe than could have been achieved by traditional telco companies.

They are ready to invest in local and rural infrastructure which in many cases, is already in place and ready to use. The regional roll out will model itself from the 45km Hamilton Fibre Network.

See also:

New Zealand – Ultra-fast broadband network

New Zealand – FttH Planning

New Zealand – Broadband – Statistics, Overview & Providers

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Separation good news for resellers

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The separation of Telstra’s wholesale business from retail means a fair go and a positive future for the reseller market according to Telecommunications resellers.

In a separated environment, Telstra Wholesale should be in a position to offer its resale customers the full range of Telstra retail services at a fair price.

It is felt that Telstra Wholesale has been limited for far too long by only being able to offer its resale customers a limited suite of ‘Value Added Service’ products at full retail rates leaving the small telco service providers who service the business community little room to make a margin.

Under the current model resellers are required to wear the costs of acquisition, service set up, support and billing for these services. Despite this, resellers are not in a position to provide the products and services at the same retail price while at the same time make a fair margin.

It is predicted that services and products such as line hunt, fax duet, calling number display and calls to 13 and 1300 numbers should now be accessible to resellers with a fair margin under the rules of separation. It may also be that Telstra Wholesale would be in a better position to resell the Next G mobile services to their wholesale customers, which they currently cannot do.

See also: Australia – Competition and Regulation Issues – 2008-2009

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Cisco Smart Grid Ecosystem

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Cisco is creating the Cisco Smart Grid Ecosystem to help accelerate the adoption of IP for utility communications networks. The members of the ecosystem include system integrators, technology vendors, power and utility integrators, service providers, and other vendors who represent various elements of the smart grid infrastructure, Cisco says.

The ecosystem currently includes 27 companies, including Accenture, Cable&Wireless, Capgemini, EMC, General Electric, Oracle, SAIC, Siemens, Verizon and Wipro.

They also formed a Smart Grid Technical Advisory Board made up of utility and energy companies from around the world. The board is intended to help Cisco align its product direction to customers’ requirements.

The company is already working with Canadian utility ENMAX to help accelerate the deployment of Cisco Smart Grid and related energy management technologies.

They are also providing security services to utilities and participating in the ZigBee Alliance to help standardize IP-based communications within the energy industry.

See also:

Smart Cities, Buildings & Communities

Smart Grids – Energy & Environmental Issues

Smart Grids – Global Overview & Activities

Smart Grids – Grid IT – Where Energy Meets Comms

Smart Grids and the Communications Revolution

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NBN debate needs to be broadened

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

According to a report from Deloitte published in September 2009, called ‘National Broadband Network – A user’s perspective’ now is the time for consumers and business operators to be involved in the public debate and planning of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN).

Until now, the discussions have revolved around the building and financing of this major infrastructure project. The focus needs to now equally turn to the groups that will ultimately drive the project’s success.

The report found that the NBN is likely to bring a number of unexpected issues to the surface. Legislation will also be progressively required to cope with a converged digital economy where issues of privacy, service provision, access regimes, regulation, competition and security are redefined as a consequence of faster broadband speeds.

Report Highlights:

  • Many of the likely end-user demands that should be factored into the design, construction and delivery of the NBN
  • Analyses the NBN’s short, medium and long-term opportunities
  • Provides relevant international examples of how broadband infrastructure is used overseas
  • Discusses the uses of the NBN in ‘smart home’ automation, e-health, smart metering, telecommunications, television (including hardware and software), home phones, video conferencing technology, education and commerce.

See also:

Australia – National Broadband Network – Overview & Analysis

Australia – National Broadband Network – Critical Considerations

 

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