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One of the major talking points at ITW this year will be the move to next generation voice, with many operators looking to make the transition High Definition and VoLTE enabled services in the coming year. The move is a daunting one for many.

We are about to enter a fascinating and exciting phase in the international MVNO market, with new technology and new entrants set to disrupt the industry over the next twelve months. Earlier this year, BICS announced the astounding growth in its LTE roaming footprint, with the service now available in about 130 countries around the world.

BICS welcomed 250+ leading companies and more than 1,200 attendees for the 4-day event, thus making it the largest roaming event of the year. The global mobile roaming market is going through fundamental changes with many technological, strategic and regulatory forces re-shaping the roaming market and changing the end-user behavior.

Last week was the time to return to Fira Gran Via for the most anticipated industry event of the year – Mobile World Congress 2016. GSMA reported over 100,000 attendees to Mobile World Congress 2016, including thousands of C-Level executives and 3,800 media and analyst influencers, each looking to identify the new trends which will shape this year and beyond.

The astounding growth in LTE roaming usage and reach continued during 2015 with next generation services now available in about 126 countries around the world. End users of wireless services are now able to enjoy streaming video and other high-bandwidth services in countries across all continents.

2015 changed the nature of international connectivity completely with an explosive rise in data roaming all over the world. The substantial increase in data usage has demonstrated a strong user appetite which has been nurtured by a combination of business’ going digital, adoption of latest technology, more competitive retail data pricing and increasing smartphone reliance.

2015 has been another fascinating year in the telecoms market with the acceleration of next generation service development, built on an IPX platform, and the further explosive growth in usage of international services by consumers. BICS has been at the centre of many of these changes.

For the last 22 years, SMS has been a vital part of operator offerings, although the scope and type of messages being sent back and forth has changed completely. In recent years, A2P (application-to-person) SMS has seen rapid year-on-year growth offering great revenue streams to enterprising operators, with many embracing A2P messaging with a view to entering exciting new enterprise markets.

The rapid increase in smartphone and data usage across Africa has been the real success story in the region in recent years, with the continued roll-out of high quality data provision fuelling an explosion in usage and demand for consumers across the continent.

"Today, MEPs will vote on amendments to European telecoms market regulations affecting net neutrality and the proposed abolition of EU data roaming charges. Any decision to abolish data roaming charges would have a serious impact on the European telecoms industry, as operators look to alternative forms of income to replace revenue generated by mobile roaming fees.