Pyramid Points

  • Banking the unbanked: Mobile operators are key to fostering financial inclusion in Latin American countries with underdeveloped financial systems 25 August 2015 While some countries are prepared for emerging mobile payment solutions from device makers and online companies, others rely on mobile operators.  Several Latin American countries have the elements in place to drive the adoption of mobile payment (m-payment) solutions: a vast population still underserved by formal financial services, high penetration rates of mobile subscriptions and an increasing…
  • From m-money to m-banking: The evolution of mobile financial services in Africa 25 August 2015 On a continent where few have access to a physical bank and millions are unbanked, m-money has proven transformative in the way it has democratized access to financial services. At the end of 2014, 255 m-money services were operating in 89 different countries worldwide according to the GSMA. Among them 53%, or 135 of the services, were in sub-Saharan Africa. In the region, 81% of countries have m-…
  • Social commerce in Asia-Pacific driven by mobile-first users 25 August 2015 Mobile-centric consumers have transformed the region’s e-commerce landscape, evolving new business models based on m-payments, OTT & social media.  Asia-Pacific is increasingly a mobile-first region, and this is evidenced in e-commerce trends across the region. Coupang, one of Korea’s premier online shopping destinations, saw 71% of traffic come from mobile devices in 2014, translating to $1.…
  • Anatel is assessing changes to an outdated and rigid concession model that will ultimately help Brazil’s fixed incumbents 20 August 2015 Revenue from fixed circuit-switched voice has been declining, triggering a discussion on whether the concession model should remain intact.   Brazil’s telecom regulator, Anatel, is analyzing whether the current concession model for the fixed circuit-switched services market in Brazil is still viable. The current concession model, in effect since 2006 and valid through 2025, established mandatory g…
  • Assessing the possible events of Orange’s New AME Organizational Structure 14 August 2015 Orange announced in late 2014 the creation of a dedicated holding company bringing together all of its African operations. This puts Africa and the Middle East (AME) in a central position in the group’s strategy, and grants it with the unique status of being a separate regional company within Orange. Marc Rennard, Executive Vice President Africa Middle East & Asia, explained this move during O…
  • Etisalat UAE expands its IoT service offering 10 August 2015 Although IoT is sometimes used interchangeably with Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Pyramid identifies cellular M2M services as a subset of the Internet of Things (IoT) model. Within this context, IoT refers to the holistic interconnection of services, processes, applications, domains, protocols and devices, going beyond a specific network technology or service provider type. This integrated and connect…
  • The merger Wind-3 Italia may unlock convergence opportunities 07 August 2015 Quadruple play is not the only way; Fixed-mobile bundles without pay-TV have been successful in some Western Europe markets On 6 August 2015, CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, parent company of 3 Italia, and VimpelCom Limited, parent company of WIND, entered into an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture that will become the second-largest telecoms operator by revenue in the Italian market, overtaki…
  • LTE competition intensifies in Bolivia with Viva’s commercial LTE launch. 03 August 2015 With three LTE networks already in commercial service in Bolivia, Pyramid Research expects LTE subscriptions to reach 1.4m by 2020. Trilogy’s Viva, the third-largest operator in Bolivia in terms of mobile subscriptions, recently announced the commercial launch of its LTE network in the AWS band. With the announcement, Viva became the third, and last, carrier in Bolivia to offer LTE services, follo…
  • The commercial arrival of VoLTE services to Latin America to occur in 2015 28 July 2015 Avantel in Colombia is gearing up to become Latin America’s first operator to offer VoLTE services, with commercial launch announced for late 2015. Mobile operators around the globe are unequivocally headed towards VoLTE as they seek to leverage their LTE and IMS investments, and to unlock new revenue streams. However, the drivers and sense of urgency vary with each market. So far, VoLTE has been …
  • Musings from the Streaming Media East 2015 Conference 05 June 2015 TV Everyone: the rise of smartphone producers and niche consumers leads to difficult decisions for pay-TV operators. In recent years the industry has used the acronym TVE, or television everywhere, to describe OTT services offered by cable, satellite and IPTV providers that let customers view VoD and linear content everywhere, or at least everywhere they have a compatible device and an Internet co…