Portio Mobile Factbook 2013
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Research for the directory has been conducted in house April 2012, for release May 2012. Subscriber data has been extracted from operators and regulators, with estimates used where partial data is available. Subscriber data is as at Q2 2011. For Canada and the USA major operator subscriber numbers are included with some listings for smaller regional operations, providing data for all small operations was not feasible.
Information such as network technology has been retained from previous editions, while fields such as ownership have been used as a guide to either confirm or replace information with the latest the research team could find. Management contacts are either as publicised by the operators or have been referenced within trade media during January 2012 to April 2012. All data, including subscriber data is provided on a where possible basis and is provided to assist in building a profile of each MNO.
Profiles contain company contact information, ownership and network technology information, subscriber data and management contacts. It is not always possible to provide 100% complete profiles.
Contact info: Main telephone number(s), fax number, address and brand URL. Where a main telephone number is not available and the company has not offered one, we have listed a customer service number or similar rather than no number. In some instances this is in fact a main number too.
Ownership: Name of parent company and URL.
Network tech: GSM/CDMA/iDEN, GPRS, EDGE, 3G and 4G (LTE and WiMAX). The directory contains a lot of network technology information including HSDPA, HSUPD and HSPA+. Please note the directory does not provide a definitive listing of all active operators for each technology, the directory does not aim to list networks in trial status phases.
People are selected from the MNOs’ senior management teams and feature job titles such as President, CEO (Chief Executive Officer), CFO (Chief Financial Officer), CTO (Chief Technology Officer), CCO (Chief Commercial Officer) CMO (Chief Marketing Officer), Executive and Senior Vice Presidents plus other senior positions. It is not feasible to provide direct email or telephone numbers for these people so you will not find these within the directory; to get such information would require the individuals to volunteer their correct contact information for 3rd party marketing, which is something a senior executive will not do. (Be wary of any directory claiming to have this data as direct lines change too often to track and a large proportion of senior managers do not use standard format e-mail addresses, making these impossible to guess.)
We aim not to list the same person twice, even though they may manage multiple MNOs across different countries.
Canada - USA
The MNO Directory 2012 has been researched in house, lead by Mark Thomas, who has lead all of the research for the directory series since 2006 (MNO Directory, MVNO Directory, WiMAX Directory, and the Fixed Line Directory). Other in house material has been extracted from Africa & Middle East Telecom week, mainly the subscriber data for this region.
The first stage of creating a new edition of the MNO Directory is to verify the list of operators is still valid. The researchers use several telecoms news feeds which track global changes. For this edition the researchers examined articles from January 2011 to April 2012, adding new operators, removing defunct entries and amending all those noted as changing ownership, names or launching new technology. Operators may however choose to action technology or ownership changes without notifying the media.
The second stage is the main research stage which may take the form of Internet research or contacting the operators directly. Every operation is examined individually and updated as best possible. The main sources of information are MNO websites, parent companies, company filings, interim and annual reports, media / press releases, regulator pages and data, other trade media as well as blogs, conference companies and social networking sites. Where the last 3 sources are utilised the researchers have sought to find a secondary source to verify against.
During the editing and proofing process the researchers cleanse the data further by removing obvious errors and enriching where possible.