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U.S. Moves Ahead of Europe in Mobile Technology - Study
Source: telecompaper.com
Source Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: United States
Created: Jun 03, 2013

According to GSMA’s 'Mobile Wireless Performance in the EU and US' report, Europe lags far behind the in the deployment of enhanced mobile technologies and the advanced services made possible through mobile. The report, developed in collaboration with Navigant Economics, explores the factors that have contributed to Europe’s lost mobile leadership and offers policy recommendations designed to re-establish the EU as a centre for mobile investment. As recently as five years ago, the European mobile market was performing as well as, or even better than, that of the US. However, since then, the situation has dramatically reversed, as shown by the report’s comparison of the two markets. On average, US consumers spend more each month than their EU counterparts and use mobile services much more intensely, consuming five times more voice minutes and nearly twice as much data.

The US has opened up a large lead in deployment of enhanced technologies and by the end of this year, nearly 20 percent of US connections will be on LTE networks, compared with fewer than 2 percent in the EU. Average mobile data connection speeds in the US are now 75 percent faster than those in Europe and by 2017, speeds will be more than twice as fast. Mobile investment in the US has outpaced that in Europe, with capital expenditure in the US growing by 70 percent since 2007, while declining in the EU, and the gap continues to widen. GSMA believes the European Commission should immediately create a plan that will position Europe as a centre for mobile innovation and investment. The commission must launch a major regulation exercise to establish an approach to pan-European regulation and reduce impediments to the consolidation of mobile markets by streamlining merger reviews and taking a cautious approach to the imposition of remedies.

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