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The global roaming market is expected to grow by 86% between 2010 and 2015, delivering revenues of US$67bn, or 6.3% of total mobile service revenues by the end of this period, according to Informa Telecoms & Media’s latest research. Although revenues are expected to see a slowdown until at least 2012 as a result of the economic downturn and customer cost saving initiatives, a marked upturn is expected from this point onwards as markets recover and as mobile data roaming becomes increasingly prevalent, says Informa.

New reports highlight that 2009 was a terrible year for the telecoms services sector, but there are indications of improved growth this year according to some new analyst reports

Retail telecoms revenue in Western Europe will continue to decrease – by 5% between 2010 and 2015, according to the latest report from global telecoms, media and IT adviser Analysys Mason. However, the report offers some optimism, stating that operators can strengthen their position by focusing on two main growth areas: mobile broadband, and mobile handset content and data services.

Claranet has been selected by ip.access, a developer of femtocell and picocell solutions, to provide collaboration between its global partners. Claranet will supply a private network solution which will allow real-time collaboration with ip.access developers globally with connectivity between the UK and India. 

Ontology Systems has announced that MBNL (Mobile Broadband Network Limited) has selected Ontology Systems’ OSS/CAD to bring together data across NMS and OSS systems from both MBNL’s parent operators to enable the audit of Iub configuration data quality and alignment and the Iub configuration against standard configuration specifications for the shared RAN infrastructure. 

Smart operators can sustain key profitability metrics such as EBITDA margin and Capex to sales ratio even if traffic grows twentyfold, claims Rewheel, a Finland-based consultancy specializing into mobile data profitability and network procurement. The consultant says that while the revenue upside potential in mature markets is limited, on the cost side LTE, multimode networks and the falling gear prices open a window of opportunity for substantial savings.

Cable&Wireless Worldwide has selected Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) as its next-generation data centre platform to deliver an enterprise cloud computing solution held within the Wide Area Network (WAN). Accessed through C&W Worldwide’s next-generation network, it is specifically designed to facilitate the security, compliance, control and availability requirements of enterprises. Initially available for customer pilots, the full solution will be launched later this year.

Informa Telecoms & Media has forecast the number of smartphone users to reach almost 1.4 billion by the end of 2015, which will represent about 30% of total mobile subscribers worldwide. However, it says, despite this success there will be significant disparities of smartphone adoption and business cases between the developed and emerging mobile markets. While in some markets, such as Japan, Western Europe and North America, more than 70% of all mobile subscribers will be using smartphones by the end of 2015, some emerging markets, including Africa, India and some countries in Latin America, will have less than 15% by that time, says Informa.