LTE Roaming: Global Market Status And Drivers For Growth
Deployment plans, vendor choices and monetization strategies.
Produced in association with TATA Communications
The global mobile roaming market is at a crucial moment in its development, with a myriad of technological, strategic and regulatory forces re-shaping a market that is made even more dynamic by changing end-user behavior. Operators have a unique opportunity to capitalize on these changes and must prepare in the right way to be able to remain competitive. With the arrival of LTE comes a new technology standard that both creates new capabilities for operators in terms of quality of experience offered to their subscribers, and at the same time also significantly increases the complexity of implementing and managing a robust roaming services in multi-technology environment.
In our Industry Survey, the biggest challenges facing operators in successfully implementing LTE roaming include technical, operational and strategic issues, including inter-standard roaming, LTE steering of roaming and an expected 'signaling storm'. As a broad base of end users increasingly look to use a myriad of different data services when they travel, it is essential that operators have the means to offer robust connectivity and a quality of experience that replicates home-market levels. Without the right underlying technical and operational foundation in place, operators will miss the opportunity that LTE provides to offer the enhanced quality experience of mobile broadband services when subscribers travel.
Table of Contents:
Executive summary ........3
The survey respondents .....3
LTE roaming market status ........4
LTE market overview ......4
LTE roaming market outlook .....4
Market development: Strategies to increase LTE roaming usage and take-up .....5
How are operators planning to approach the pricing of LTE roaming? ...5
Service strategies: What new services will drive LTE growth? .....7
LTE roaming deployment strategies .....8
LTE roaming deployment timing .......8
Scope and range of LTE roaming agreements ......9
LTE roaming challenges .....10
Operator strategies for selecting roaming vendors .....11
Conclusions ....... 13
Recommendations ........ 15