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PSTN phase-out workshop endeavors to separate the baby from the bath water 

Organized by the FCC, the follow-up workshop illustrates the complexity of transitioning to all-IP networks...

Exclusive Report: Out with the old, in with the new mobile data plans 

Connected Business Research, the new research arm of Connected Planet, has released the results of an exclusive survey exploring mobile operator plans to move beyond unlimited data plan pricing....

A.T. Kearney's Crystal Ball 2012 

Our intrepid soothsaying correspondent returns for this annual look into the future. What trends and developments are likely to have the biggest impact in the new year? Read on. ...

Analysis: I love it when an ecosystem comes together 

BSS/OSS used to be a collection of specialized capabilities, serving equally specialized network and back-office silos. That’s finally changing, driven by the need to better analyze network and customer data....

Are carriers in your state net Universal Service recipients or payers? 

Some states pay out way more than they take back, with California taking the biggest hit and Mississippi the biggest to the plus side. ...

How much does it 'really' cost to run a telco cloud? 

New model from TMNG Global’s Cartesian helps carriers nail down data center costs and see if they should even be in the business...

Steve Jobs put devices in our pockets, and a whole lot more 

Steve Jobs' passing has elicited a range of responses, making clear that his impact goes well beyond his technology...

Analysis: New business models--same talent? 

Networks matter. Products matter. Services matter. But at the end of the day, what will matter most is the talent to make new business models work. ...

Should Pay TV Providers 'Fear the Shears'? 

Cord cutting fears may be a bit overblown but consumers are definitely 'shaving' their traditional cable and telco TV viewing, driven by the availability of more content online and changing user behaviors. ...

New Telergee Study: Rural telco operating margins declined again 

Bright spots include lower interest expenses, Internet growth, improved CLEC margins...

Is it time for home and away pricing for telecom? 

Our columnist has 2 voice plans, 3 data plans and a TV plan across two carriers. On those 6 plans, I have 10 devices. Is it time for operators to help clean up that mess?...

Analysis: Don't let regulators be the champions of customer experience 

If telecom operators can’t figure out how to charge their customers the right price for the right service – without ticking them off – regulators (unfortunately) look happy to step in....

The wireless battle for small business customers  

Though all major U.S. carriers have begun to intensify and revamp their tactical efforts, the battle for small business customers is far from over. ...

Implementing Two-sided Revenue Models in IMS: Challenges & Opportunities 

Could two-sided business models be the driver that full-blown IMS deployments have lacked?...

A compromise between LightSquared and GPS industry may be possible 

Last week’s change in tone from the Coalition to Save Our GPS is the first olive branch in the long-running and heated feud between LightSquared and the GPS industry. Will LightSquared reciprocate?...

Does blocking AT&T’s merger hurt the future of mobile broadband? 

Until the FCC makes good on its promises of more spectrum, consolidation is the only means operators have of building the networks the Obama administration craves...

Which operators emerged as winners and losers after the DOJ-AT&T fallout? 

AT&T and T-Mobile have most on the line, but the decision affects every U.S. operator -- some in very subtle ways...

SMS 2.0: Why operators need to fend off Apple and Facebook 

For more than a decade SMS has been the most consistent and reliable mobile data service, but it’s also the most static. It’s due for an upgrade...

Lessons in transformation -- telcos can learn from other industries' mistakes 

As telcos enter possibly the most disruptive phase of their existence they should make sure they learn from the mistakes of others....

In search of: True, consistent 4G 

Carrier claims of 4G speeds and availability can be terribly confusing -- if not downright manipulative. Root Metrics sorted through more than 60,000 data points to answer the questions a user really needs to know: will I get 4G speeds?; what speed will I fall back to if 4G isn’t available?; and how often will my 4G connection fail? The results are illuminating....

The shifting sands of carrier ARPU, a la AT&T 

Carriers need to move beyond small print fees and bill shock as a business model as they maneuver around the landmines of moving to an entirely new way of doing business...

Cable and wireless associations protest proposed USF reforms 

Frontrunner proposals favor incumbent telcos, they argue—and there's no disputing that argument...

Analysis: The Free Press's latest charges against AT&T/T-Mobile lack evidence 

Confidential network construction cost data accidentally released contains no new data, AT&T contends...

Analysis: LightSquared plays the patriot card in spectrum battle 

The satellite provider-turned-LTE operator says to the GPS industry: If it's good enough for the Defense Department, why isn't good enough for you? ...

Consumer services conundrum: Ownership vs. access 

Apple has built a huge business around ‘ownership’ – of content and devices. But the digital world may be at last moving to an access model, something telecom operators are already very good at. Things could get interesting...

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