mobile data pricing
network economics
Mobile data pricing, spectrum and network economics metrics and insights for the unlimited era

4.5G and 5G technologies, new radio spectrum bands and the evolving infrastructure vendor ecosystem radically change mobile network operators’ cost dynamics and chart a sustainable path towards unlimited mobile data, mass market fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution and the Internet of Things.

Rewheel’s research reports aim to bring leading edge insights and help prepare for the paradigm shift in network economics, spectrum valuation, network sharing, M&A, MVNO economics and mobile data pricing. Rewheel is a Finland-based boutique management consultancy, established in 2009. The authors of the Rewheel research reports advise European mobile operators, MVNOs, regulators, investors on spectrum auctions, network sharing, M&A, vendor economics, fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution and mobile data pricing.

Since 2010 Rewheel has been taking a consistent, pro-competitive position on the financial sustainability of Finnish-like unlimited mobile data for MNOs: “Mobile telecoms margins safe in data surge” – Reuters, 2010 (link)

Latest research reports

New Digital Fuel Monitor release, October 2018


The state of 4G pricing – 2H2018 – Digital Fuel Monitor 10th release
2018
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
UnitedStates

October 2018
With special focus on US prices ahead of the planned 4 to 3 consolidation. How many 4G gigabytes €5, €10, €15, €20, €25, €30, €40, €50, €60, €70 and €80 could buy in EU and OECD markets on smartphone and data-only plans.

Site density is key to LTE network performance – and critical for 5G
2019
spectrum
networkeconomics
Finland
Switzerland
Germany
Elisa
Play
Telenor
Vodafone
5G

February 2019
Rewheel-Tutela research study. Analysis of 99 mobile networks across EU28, Norway and Switzerland, key network performance drivers and implications on 5G infrastructure and spectrum investment strategies.


Iliad’s 4th MNO venture into Italy – Will it pay off?
2019
Iliad
Hutchison
WindTre
Italy
spectrum
5G
networkeconomics
pricing

January 2019
Can Iliad make money by charging only €7.99 per subscriber?


Capacity utilization and fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution potential with existing macro site grids – 2017
2018
spectrum
mobile-first
massiveMIMO
Finland
Elisa
5G
networkeconomics
Verizon
UnitedStates
Play
Poland

September 2018
A study of 80 European, US, Japanese, Korean, Australian and New Zealand mobile operators. Topical for operators contemplating fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution ahead of upcoming 700, 1400 (SDL), 2300, 3400-3800 MHz spectrum auctions.

First impressions from the world’s first commercial 5G network
2018
spectrum
massiveMIMO
Finland
Elisa
5G

August 2018
In June 2018 Elisa became the first operator in the world to launch commercial service over its 5G (3.5 GHz) network in Tampere Finland and Tallinn Estonia. Elisa invited Rewheel to try its 5G network.

The massive MIMO effect: has the 3.4-3.8 GHz TDD spectrum become more valuable than 800 MHz (and 700 MHz) FDD?
2018
spectrum
massiveMIMO
United Kingdom
Vodafone
Telefonica
Hutchison
BritishTelecom

April 2018
Paradigm change in mobile technology leads to paradigm change in spectrum valuations (observations after the UK auction)


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Top industry issues covered

Rewheel research covers the below listed mobile data pricing and network economics related industry topics:
  • Unlimited mobile data
  • Vertical services, zero rating
  • Mobile-first business models, fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution
  • Spectrum auctions (700, 700 SDL, 1500 SDL, 2300 TDD, 3400-3800 MHz TDD)
  • Small cells, massive MIMO, TD-LTE, 5G
  • Capex sustainability
  • In-market mergers, competition assessments, remedies, network sharing
  • New entrants
  • EU Telecoms single market, data roaming, MVNOs

Rewheel country briefs

Links to country specific tariff price points, competitiveness metrics and insights

Austria Australia Belgium Bulgaria Canada
Switzerland Chile Cyprus Czech Republic Germany
Denmark Estonia Greece Spain Finland
France Croatia Hungary Ireland Israel
Iceland Italy Japan Korea Lithuania
Luxemburg Latvia Malta Mexico Netherlands
Norway New Zealand Poland Portugal Romania
Sweden Slovenia Slovak Republic Turkey United Kingdom
United States


Rewheel telco briefs

Links to telco group specific tariff price points, competitiveness metrics and insights

2degrees Accessindustries Altice AmericaMovil ATT
BCE Bezeq BITE BouyguesTelecom BritishTelecom
Bulsatcom Cellcom CYTA DeutscheTelekom DNA
Electra Elisa Entel Go Hutchison
Iliad KDDI KPN KT LGUplus
Libertyglobal Masmovil MTN Nos Novator
NTTdocomo Orange Partner Play Polkomtel
POSTLuxemburg PPF Primetel Proximus RCS-RDS
RogersCommunications Shaw Siminn SingTel SKTelecom
Softbank Spark Sunrise Swan Swisscom
TDC Tele2 TelecomItalia Telefonica TelekomAustria
TelekomSlovenije Telemach Telenor TeliaCompany Telstra
Telus Turkcell TurkTelekom Verizon Vivacom
Vodafone VodafoneHutchison VodafoneIceland VodafoneZiggo WindHellas
WindTre
Main brands: 2degrees, 3, 4ka, A1, ATT, au, BASE, Bell, BITE, BouyguesTelecom, Bulsatcom, Cellcom, Claro, Cosmote, CYTA, Digi, DNA, EE, eir, Elisa, Entel, Freedom, FreeMobile, Go, GolanTelecom, HotMobile, ice, Iliad, KPN, KT, LMT, Melita, MEO, Movistar, MTN, Nos, Nova, NTTdocomo, O2, Optus, Orange, Partner, Pelephone, Play, Plus, Post, Primetel, Proximus, Rogers, Salt, Saunalahti, SFR, Siminn, Softbank, Spark, Sprint, Sunrise, Swisscom, T-Hrvatski, T-Mobile, T2, Tango, Telcel, Tele2, TelekomSlovenije, Telemach, Telenor, Telia, Telstra, Telus, TIM, TPG, Turkcell, TurkTelekom, Tworld, Uplus, Verizon, Vivacom, Vodafone, Wind, WOM, Yoigo, YouSee
Sub brands: Amena, Amigo, Ben, Boostmobile, BT, Callme, CBB, Comviq, Congstar, Cricket, Diil, Dipper, eety, Ezys, Fido, Fonic, Fullrate, giffgaff, Halebop, Hallon, Heyah, Ho, Koodomobile, KTMmobile, Labas, Llamaya, Masmovil, MetroPCS, MitTele, mycall, Oister, onecall, Otelo, Pepephone, Pildyk, pmobile, RedbySFR, Scarlet, Simyo, Skinny, Smarty, Sosh, Talkmore, Telering, Telfort, TescoMobile, Uplussave, Vimla, Voxi, Wind, Wingo, yallo, yess, Ymobile, yooopi
MVNO brands: 1und1, A3, Amaysim, Boostmobile, Chilimobil, dodo, Fastweb, Hofertelecom, idmobile, Klarmobil, Koganmobile, Lapostemobile, LOLMobile, Lycamobile, MintSIM, Mobilcom-Debitel, moi, Multimedia, Netia, NRJmobile, PhoneBox, Postemobile, Publicmobile, PureTalkUSA, RedBullMobile, Robinmobile, Simplii, Sky, Smartel, Smartmobil, spusu, Telechoice, Teledema, Tello, UPC, UPC-cablecom, USmobile, Virginmedia, Virginmobile, Voo, VTR, Youfone, Yourfone




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