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LTE is set to transform Roaming- but what impact will it have?

With LTE services rolling out around the globe in 2011, operators and affiliates must prepare themselves for the transformative effect this will have on the telecoms industry, particularly the roaming sector. The enterprise roaming segment has long provided a reliable price inelastic revenue stream but this stream can be widened to include all subscribers and increase revenues in a saturated market. International regulatory bodies are taking action in regards to roaming costs and we believe this is the right time to capitalise with smart and effective pricing strategies. 

Roaming - Strategies and Revenues

How can additional revenues be gained from LTE roaming services? Visiongain research has shown that Roaming revenues will reach over US $66 Billion in 2016. To capitalise, we describe the right strategies to embark upon within this holistic and timely report. The report further dissects roaming revenues year-by-year, region by region and by service type from 2011-2016. You will also discover the current roaming legislation, new business models and the various drivers and barriers.

Why change roaming strategies now?

Operators need to deal with data pricing and bill shock swiftly to ensure subscribers utilise roaming services in increasing numbers. This report provides crucial data and forecasts for any current or potential member of the LTE and roaming ecosystems. 

What is Different about this Report?

We conducted an independent and unbiased non-vendor affiliated assessment of the LTE Roaming topic. We surveyed and interviewed several key industry players to gain an in-depth view of the market. We believe such a research will help you in assessing the market potential and in designing roaming strategies. 

Some of the key points researched and forecasted include:
• Global Mobile VoIP revenues by 2016
• Roaming fraud revenue loss by 2016
• Data traffic for mobile subscribers by 2016
• % of subscribers switch off data services on their handsets while abroad
• % of subscribers who feel roaming data charges are too expensive
• % of global mobile subscribers who regularly utilise roaming services
• % of operator revenues that will come from roaming services in 2011
• % of operator revenues that will come from roaming services in 2016
• Global roaming revenue by 2016
• LTE roaming revenues by 2016
• Prepaid and Postpaid roaming markets
• Roaming revenues by Geography
• Roaming Market Assessment
• Operator Strategies in Europe and Asia Pacific

Who needs to read this report?

• Service Providers- Operators are aware of increasing demands for data and the potential revenues that could be gained from a higher roaming subscriber base. This report provides carefully considered strategies that will help operators reap benefits. This report also details the new business models needed in preparation for LTE roaming.
• LTE ecosystem members - LTE Roaming success will rely on successful and swift LTE uptake. Operators will want LTE services to support all of their services and this report details the rle of LTE within roaming as a service.
• Enterprises - Enterprises make up the majority of roaming subscribers, this report details the ratio of enterprise to non- enterprise users in both 2011 and forecasted for 2016.

Increase your understanding of this exciting market by ordering: Global Mobile Roaming: Operator Strategies, Opportunities and Challenges in the 3G and LTE Era

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Table Of Contents

Global Mobile Roaming: Operator Strategies, Opportunities and Challenges in the 3G and LTE Era
Table of Contents

Executive Summary
E1 Transformation in European Mobile Roaming 
E2 Data Roaming Regulations in the EU
E3 Global Roaming - Is there a need for new Business Models?
E4 LTE Spectrum refarming is changing the face of Roaming
E5 Points Emerged from this Research

1. Introduction - What is Global Mobile Roaming?
1.1 How Does Roaming Work?
1.2 Roaming Services - Voice and Beyond
1.2.1 Usage and Charges for Roaming
1.2.2 Prepaid and Postpaid Roaming Charges
1.2.3 Wholesale Charges for Roaming 
1.2.4 Tariff Types
1.3 Aim of the Report 
1.4 Questions Answered by this Report 
1.5 Structure of the report
1.6 Methodology 

2. Current Roaming Market and Business Models
2.1 International Roaming Business Models
2.1.1 Conventional international roaming business models
2.1.2 In-House Roaming Partnerships
2.1.3 Regional and Global International Roaming Alliances
2.1.4 Hubbing - New International Roaming Business Models MACH Roaming Hubs MACH Launches RoamHouse
2.1.5 The Advantages of Roaming Hubs
2.2 Mobile Termination Rates - Revenues to go up?
2.3 Potential Market Barriers to Roaming Services
2.3.1 Mobile Roaming and the Threat from Bypass Services Roaming and the threat from VoIP 3 UK and Skype Truphone - and the Impact on Roaming
2.3.2 Wi-Fi and the Threat to International Roaming Services
2.4 New and Current Technologies for Roaming Services
2.4.1 Near Real Time Roaming Data Exchange
2.4.2 Customised Application for Mobile networks using Enhanced Logic (CAMEL)
2.4.3 Global Roaming Quality (GRQ) Traffic Steering Revenue Assurance The Open Connectivity (OC) Initiative 
2.5 Key Points -Summary 
2.6 LTE and the Impact on Roaming Services - Next Generation Mobile Network
2.6.1 Benefits of LTE Roaming 
2.6.2 LTE Impact on Roaming - Core
2.6.3 LTE Roaming Impact on Billing and Wholesale
2.6.4 LTE Local Breakout Impact on Roaming Billing 
2.6.5 LTE Roaming and Network Interworking Evolution
2.6.6 LTE Roaming Summary Future LTE Roaming 
2.7 Data usage and the impact on Roaming
2.7.1 Mobile Web Popularity Drives Data Demands Data Roaming and the Effect of EU Legislation US Legislation - FCC Re-examines Data Roaming
2.7.2 New Business Models for Capitalising on Data Roaming
2.8 Global Roaming Alliances
2.8.1 The Bridge Alliance 
2.8.2 The Conexus Mobile Alliance
2.8.3 AMI Alliance - Asia Mobility Initiative
2.8.4 Asian Regulatory Bodies
2.8.5 The FreeMove Alliance
2.8.6 The Arab Regulators Network
2.8.7 International Mobile Roaming - The Americas
2.8.8 Zain One Network
2.8.9 PCCW Roaming Services

3. Key Roaming Operator Options and Roaming Strategies
3.1 o2 - Roaming offering 
3.1.1 o2 - Calling and Texting from Abroad
3.1.2 o2 - Calling and Texting from Abroad with International Traveller Service
3.1.3 o2 - Using Data Abroad 
3.2 Orange
3.2.1 Orange Calling Zones
3.2.2 Orange Roaming Charges and Costs
3.2.3 Orange EU Data Limit
3.2.4 Travel Bundles Pay Monthly - Europe Traveller Pay Monthly - World Traveller Data - EU limit Travel Data Bundles Travel Data Bundles - Europe Travel Data Daily - Europe Global Travel Data Bundles USA and Canada Bundles
3.2.5 In-Flight Roaming 
3.2.6 Orange Business Users Orange Business Users - Voice Pricing Orange Business Users - Data Pricing Orange Business Users - SMS/MMS Pricing 
3.3 US - Key Operator Roaming Options and Strategies
3.3.1 Sprint Nextel Sprint Nextel 4G International Roaming Sprint Nextel International Direct connect Sprint Nextel International Texting Service
3.3.2 ATandT A

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