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Earlier this month, BICS had the honour of hosting the flagship GSMA Fraud and Security Group (FASG) meeting, in tandem with the GSMA Asia Pacific Fraud Forum, for the very first time.

As one of the most successful and well-attended events in the industry, it’s one that is also close to our hearts. This year’s FASG meeting was no exception. Taking place from the 2-4 June on Sentosa Island, Singapore, more than 100 participants from 75 different companies gathered to hear the latest news, challenges and developments on Fraud and Security in the sector.

Established as an industry leading exhibition and forum event, ITW is a very important event in the BICS calendar and one we have been proud to wholeheartedly support since its conception.

This prestigious event, firmly focused on the business of wholesale telecommunication, has never failed in providing a valuable forum that, by facilitating the exchange of ideas, has pushed forward new innovations in the sector.

Over recent years, one of the most notable changes at the Chicago-based event is the increasing attention non-voice technologies have received.

MVNO World Congress has been and gone for another year.

The event, this year held in France, gathered executives from around the globe, all interested in recent developments and innovations from the vibrant mobile virtual network operator sector. For wholesale carriers such as BICS, MVNO World Congress provides the perfect opportunity to not only maintain close relationships with existing customers, but also meet and greet new clients.

Enjoying the dedication of its teams in Uruguay and Ecuador, alongside those in the US, BICS’ presence in Latin America has been visibly strengthened in recent years.

Priding itself on strong customer relationships, BICS is able to offer operators in the region its renowned intimacy, trust and comprehensive support from within the same time zone.

After its first presence in Miami over ten years ago, BICS’ reputation and resources have grown steadily, keeping pace with end users’ ever-expanding demand for voice and mobile data services.

For the second consecutive year, BICS has been awarded the prestigious ROCCO Award for Vendor Performance in recognition of its International Signalling services.

The awards highlight vendors supplying best-in-class solutions in the international carrier services sector, with a specific focus on roaming service provision, and are decided after consultation with mobile network operators and industry experts.

Marking vendors against criteria such as ‘trust’ and ‘value for money’, executives from the top carriers voted BICS as the International Signalling market leader.

At the end of 2014, BICS decided to devote itself even more to the growing OTT market across the Atlantic and opened their second physical location in the United States. San Francisco is now the home to one of BICS’ very important business segments; providing the much needed support to the over-the-top players and major operators which utilize BICS’ unrivalled service portfolio.

This year BICS joined 93,000 other mobile professionals, from 200 different countries in what was the largest-ever Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.

With a record number of operators attending the event, the key theme “Edge of Innovation” brought the focus of conversation away from data speeds and 4G deployments, and on to VoLTE and the monetisation of LTE.

Last year was a dynamic twelve months in the wholesale sector as the effect of disruptive technologies and business models began to be felt. Consolidation continued and we saw traditional and non-traditional players introducing services based on next generation technologies and new business models.

During this year we can expect increased uptake of enhanced core services such as HD Voice and VoLTE as carriers look to differentiate. MVNOs and OTTs are, in turn, expanding their range of services to end users. 

When roaming charges for mobile users in the EU are abolished on 1 July 2016, it will mark a new era in mobile communications. For the first time, mobile users will be able to access services more cheaply while abroad. It will also open up the market to specialist roaming providers and lead to increased competition for established operators. There are then two options for operators; accept the erosion of roaming revenues or introduce innovative services and compete for an increased market share.

Point of view by Ceri Tinine, expert in the MVNO industry