Unlicensed Mobile Access Opening up Residential
Telephone Market to Mobile Carriers
55 million Dual Mode
Subscribers Forecasted by 2010
Deployment of Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology
will enable mobile phone carriers to accelerate residential telephone
fixed-to-wireless substitution while increasing ARPU and decreasing churn. This
convergence of Wi-Fi and cellular networks will generate an estimated $1.6
billion in new revenues for these carriers by 2010 in the U.S. alone. These are
some of the key findings from a new research report: UMA and Beyond:
Mobile Operators Benefit from Wi-Fi and Cellular
The new report
assesses the technology and market potential of UMA and other Wi-Fi and
cellular convergence solutions in the residential, enterprise, and hotspot
market. It includes an extensive forecast of worldwide demand and revenues for
converged Wi-Fi and cellular services, and an in-depth analysis of the effect
that Wi-Fi and cellular convergence will have on traffic over fixed and
findings from the report:
- UMA enables GSM mobile operators
to offer fully converged connectivity using their existing core network.
Subscribers will be able to seamlessly roam from the cellular network to a
WLAN, maintaining their call as they move from one to the other.
- Traditional landline telephone
companies stand to lose revenues from the increased fixed-to-wireless
substitution. Minimum loses for these companies are forecasted to reach US$399
million by 2010.
- Development of UMA-enabled
handsets will create the economies of scale needed to lower the price and
improve the performance of Wi-Fi and cellular handsets.
- VoIP service providers may find
UMA services to be a new source of competition. Mobile carriers are expected to
offer plans comparable to current VoIP unlimited plans and the functionality
offered would be very similar.
- Carrier revenues from phone
calls in hotspots are incremental to residential service but by itself do not
represent either an opportunity to generate huge new revenues. Hotspot service
is also not expected to cannibalize existing incomes as the density of hotspots
is too low to give wide coverage.
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