Change is necessary for survival. As Charles Darwin famously wrote, “As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive […] those who learn to collaborate and improvise most effectively prevail".
The mobile data explosion of recent years has significantly increased the network capacity requirements for operators including the spectrum capacity. More spectrum has been and is being made available across markets.
The mobile phone turned 40 this year and 3.2 billion people have the privilege to own one. However, only a half of them currently own a smartphone (defined as 3G enabled phones with an identifiable open OS)2
The last two years have seen new MVNOs disrupt the traditionally postpaid US market. Betting on new data-centric business models, this new breed of MVNOs targets value-conscious subscribers with prepaid voice and data services at a fraction of the price of leading players (as low as ten times less).