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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.

It was a great honour to receive the Best LTE Roaming Product award at the LTE Asia Awards last night, in recognition of BICS’ abilities to provide the highest quality roaming service to customers within Asia and beyond. The judges at the Singapore ceremony praised the full BICS portfolio on LTE Roaming including the advanced Big Data Analytics platform Smart Webvision.

Operators in all regions are actively deploying IMS core networks to speed up their roll-out of next generation communication services and future-proof their network infrastructure, providing plenty of exciting opportunities for market differentiation. 

IMS offers the backbone infrastructure to provision enhanced communication services - VoLTE and Rich Communication Services (RCS), enabling operators to effectively compete with OTT players.

Last week’s announcement that BICS, together with its partners, has achieved the world’s first successful international VoLTE call marks an important step in the journey to stimulate international operator revenues in this era of increased regulation.

Knowledge is power, and by gaining a complete view of network roaming activity at any given time, a new world of opportunities can be created to increase the number of subscribers using services and maximise the revenue gained from each customer.

The European summer holiday season sees an annual rise in roaming traffic from holiday-makers venturing abroad, armed with their mobile devices. Much of this traffic now travels over our market leading IPX platform and is increasingly focussed on rich data services.

The announcement confirming the abolition of roaming termination fees within the European Union comes as no surprise, but should not necessarily be seen as a wholly negative move for the industry. Instead, this is an opportunity for collaboration and innovation to drive usage and revenues within roaming.

The Middle East is fast becoming one of the industry’s most dynamic markets, with its twelve countries all looking to be at the forefront of telecommunication innovation.

Ambitious operators in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE have all launched 4G and are making rapid progress towards delivering 5G to their 195 Million affluent, tech-savvy subscribers (GSMA The Mobile Economy: Arab States 2014).