Device Operators Want in on Mobile Revenue Pie
Heavy data traffic caused by the explosion of multimedia use has led some European telecom companies to call for compensation from users such as Google, according to a recent article in the Financial Times.
"There is something totally not normal and contrary to economic logic to let Google use our network without paying the price," the article quotes France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard as saying.
The study predicts application downloads will exceed voice and video downloads as a revenue source for mobile providers in three years' time in "mature markets" (those with fully developed and modernized economic systems). In developing markets, basic voice and data pricing plans are perceived as commercially viable further into the future.
The study also found nearly 80 percent of mobile operators believe they should open their platforms to independent app developers; 45 percent believe they should open their own app stores.
The Mobile Challenges Survey queried 391 mobile industry representatives from 55 countries in June 2010.