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.
This evolution has already begun and creates an opportunity for collaboration across the mobile ecosystem to drive growth for all parties.
From a BICS perspective, these trends mean that demand for wholesale services, such as roaming, messaging, VAS and Next Generation services, will see a dramatic boost next year. Our expertise, reach and robust infrastructure means we are in an excellent position to support the aspirations of both traditional and non-traditional players to provide their customers with comprehensive services.
In Europe, further adjustments to roaming charges and other regulations to open up the telecoms market is likely to lead to the birth of a number of MVNOs with niche offerings. For carriers, this creates improved opportunities to monetise through enhanced services such as LTE roaming, VoLTE and tailored packages for specific customer types.
We stand on the threshold of a pivotal year in telecoms, with the opportunity to make innovative next generation services truly mainstream. However, we can only do this using partnership and collaboration between all players in the ecosystem.
By Daniel Kurgan, CEO BICS | 28 January 2015