Affordably priced 100 or unlimited gigabyte 4G LTE smartphone plans with tethering – Trouble is brewing for cable and fixed-line operators
- 4G LTE smartphone plans with 100 or unlimited gigabyte volume are promoted by European mobile operators as the ultimate packages for connecting computers and tablets and streaming movies while at home
- Incremental (out-of-bundle) gigabytes in US fixed broadband internet (fibre) plans cost as much as incremental gigabytes in 4G LTE smartphone plans ($0.2 vs. €0.2 per gigabyte) in Europe’s competitive mobile markets
- A European incumbent fixed and mobile operator launched LTE-based IPTV set top boxes for televisions in the home
- Are cable and FTTH based broadband access monopolies/duopolies a thing of the past?
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May 2017 (updated 22.05.2017)
The state of 4G pricing, mobile data usage, spectrum usage, network capacity utilization and fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution. After its comeback in 2016, in 2017 unlimited mobile data goes viral and spreads to 22 countries. And while in competitive markets such as France and Denmark consumers can buy 100 or unlimited gigabytes for less than €30, in tight mobile oligopoly markets such as Portugal, Greece and Hungary €30 hardly buys any gigabytes. Europe’s mobile data divide widens further: 200x more gigabytes for €30 in smartphone plans, 600x more gigabytes in mobile broadband plans, 200x difference in median gigabyte prices, 40x difference in mobile data usage per capita and spectrum usage.
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