4G to kill mobile per-second billing

 

Operators will be forced to offer 'all-you-can-eat' services.

Per-second billing for mobile voice and data will become a thing of the past as operators are forced to deliver all-you-can-eat fixed-price packages, industry experts predicted today.

Joel Stradling, a senior analyst at Current Analysis, told delegates at the NetEvents symposium in Evian today that the industry's move towards next-generation 4G mobile data services would sound the death knell for traditional usage-based billing, despite the fact that it would hit profits hard.

"Mobile operators are not keen on offering always-on single-priced flat-rate services but I think it is inevitable for the future," he said.

Stradling added that voice is likely to remain the "killer application" for mobile services in the future, but that traffic will be delivered as Voice over IP via services such as Skype.

"Voice will carry on as the killer app for IP telephony voice," he said.

Vivek Khuller, founder, president and chief executive at Divitas Networks, added: "The laptop has already converged, and mobile phones are in the process of converging.

"Laptops and cell phones will be pre-equipped with Wi-Fi or WiMax so that part of the device can remain under the control of the enterprise and the users can use cellular if they desire to do so. Voice will continue to be the killer application."

However, Stradling warned that usage profiles would change markedly with the move to 4G, creating serious challenges for mobile operators.

The analyst predicted that the volume of bandwidth required for the delivery of mobile services will ramp up exponentially as the industry moves to al ways-on pricing as users will leave VoIP connections open indefinitely.

This view was endorsed by Rob Bamforth, principal analyst at Quocirca, who observed that younger users of mobile services are increasingly embracing an "open mike" culture.

"Communication is becoming less of an event as we move to an always-on, always-connected world where communications channels are constant," he said. " The open mike culture will continue to grow."

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


4G to kill mobile per-second billing
 
 
 
Top Stories
ATO investigates 25 tech giants in tax hunt
Prepared to take tax evaders to court.
 
Immigration, Customs restructure IT leadership
Customs CIO promoted into transformation role.
 
NBN Co begins FTTB rollout
Will bring service to 6000 apartments.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Franchisees, here's something you should know about
Jan 23, 2015
You need to know the Code if you are a franchisee or franchisor as the penalties are significant.
Xero users rejoice! Quoting has finally arrived
Jan 23, 2015
It has taken years, but Xero has at last added integrated quoting to its online accounting software.
You can now get a no-contract wi-fi tablet from Telstra
Jan 17, 2015
Telstra has began selling wi-fi tablets out of contract without paying extra for cellular ...
Get your business ready for 2015: mobile payments
Jan 2, 2015
These handy apps from MYOB, Xero and others can reduce your administrative load and improve ...
Xero prepares for key feature coming in 2015
Dec 19, 2014
Xero users will be able to track how their business is comparing to other Xero users.
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  36%
 
Your insurance company
  5%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  9%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  4%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  18%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  14%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  7%
TOTAL VOTES: 2926

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?

   |   View results
I support shutting down the OAIC.
  27%
 
I DON'T support shutting the OAIC.
  73%
TOTAL VOTES: 908

Vote