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 independent 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 2009 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, April 2019


The state of 4G pricing – 1H2019 – Digital Fuel Monitor 11th release
2019
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
UnitedStates
Canada
Japan

April 2019
What is wrong with competition in the Canadian, Japanese and US markets?

2018 capacity utilization and 5G capacity potential of mobile operator existing macro cell site grids
2018
spectrum
mobile-first
massiveMIMO
UK
Canada
Hutchison
Finland
Elisa
5G
networkeconomics
Verizon
UnitedStates
Play
Poland

October 2019
When will EU28 & OECD operators run out of 4G capacity and how many more gigabytes per subscriber per month can they carry with 5G? A Rewheel research PRO-study of 143 European, US, Canadian, Japanese, Korean and Australian operators

Root cause of weak competition in the Canadian wireless market
2019
Canada
Telus
Bell
Rogers
Shaw
spectrum
pricing

September 2019
The Canadian wireless market is ruled by provincial mobile network duopolies and monopolies. While in some provinces regional operators increasingly challenge the incumbents, at the national level, Canada is a de-facto network duopoly.

4G era – Who got the most out of it?
2019
Elisa
DNA
Play
Iliad
Tele2
DeutscheTelekom
Vodafone
Telefonica
Drillisch
Swisscom
Sunrise
Germany
UK
Netherlands
Ireland
Austria
France
Italy
Finland
Sweden
Denmark

May 2019
5-year mobile service revenue trends for 143 operators present in EU28 & OECD markets. Finnish operators that executed ‘unlimited everything’ strategies were the undisputed champions of the 4G era.

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?

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 Czechia 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 Slovakia 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 Melita Nos Novator
NTTdocomo Orange Partner Play Polkomtel
POSTLuxemburg PPF Primetel Proximus Rakuten
RCS-RDS RogersCommunications Shaw Siminn SingTel
SKTelecom Softbank Spark Sunrise Swan
Swisscom T2 TDC Tele2 TelecomItalia
Telefonica TelekomAustria TelekomSlovenije Telemach Telenor
TeliaCompany Telstra Telus TPG Turkcell
TurkTelekom United-Interent Verizon Vivacom Vodafone
VodafoneHutchison VodafoneIceland VodafoneZiggo WindHellas
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, Blau, Bob, Boostmobile, BT, Callme, CBB, Comviq, Congstar, Cricket, Diil, Dipper, eety, Ezys, Fido, Fonic, Fullrate, giffgaff, Halebop, Hallon, Heyah, Ho, IZI, Kenamobile, komplett, Koodomobile, KTMmobile, Labas, Lebara, Llamaya, Masmovil, MetroPCS, MitTele, mycall, Oister, onecall, Otelo, Pepephone, Pildyk, pmobile, Publicmobile, RedbySFR, Scarlet, Simyo, Skinny, Smarty, Sosh, Talkmore, Tele2, Telenet, Telering, Telfort, Telmore, TescoMobile, UPC, Uplussave, UQmobile, Vimla, Virginmobile, Voxi, Wind, Wingo, yallo, yess, Ymobile, yooopi
MVNO brands: 1und1, 019mobile, A3, Amaysim, b-mobile, Boostmobile, Chilimobil, dodo, Fastweb, Hello, HoT, idmobile, Klarmobil, Koganmobile, Lapostemobile, LOLMobile, Lycamobile, MintSIM, Mobilcom-Debitel, moi, Multimedia, Netia, NRJmobile, PhoneBox, Postemobile, PureTalkUSA, Rakuten, Rami-Levy, RedBullmobile, Robinmobile, Simpel, Simplii, Simply, Sky, Smartel, Smartmobil, spusu, StraightTalk, Sub, Telechoice, Teledema, Tello, u-mobile, UPC-cablecom, USmobile, Virginmedia, VirginMobile, Voo, VTR, WE4G, Youfone, Yourfone




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