4G&5G prices, competitiveness rankings, competition & mobile merger analysis, network economics and 4th MNO BC research studies, 2010–2022
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Mobile data usage in 2021 and 4G & 5G operator capacity potential
2022
5G
4G
mobile
data
usage
capacity
utilization
sites
spectrum
mmWave
operators
gigabytes
subscribers

March 2022
When will mobile network operators run out of 4G capacity and how many more gigabytes per subscriber per month can they carry with 5G? A study of 170 mobile network operators from 50 European, American, Asian Pacific, Middle East and African countries. Zain Kuwait had the highest mobile data usage per subscriber in 2021 – 86 gigabytes per subscriber per month. Elisa Finland has the highest 4G & 5G untapped capacity potential – as much as a terabyte per subscriber per month.

1&1 Drilisch’s 4th MNO entry in Germany - Will it work?
2021
1&1 Drillisch
Telefonica
Germany
4th MNO
business case
5G
national
roaming
data
costs

February 2021
1&1 Drillisch’s MVNO business in Germany would become unprofitable when 5G goes mainstream, so investing in spectrum was 1&1 Drillisch’s only choice to keep its business afloat. 1&1 Drillisch’s 4th MNO business case will be positive if BNetzA intervenes and mandates competitive national data roaming rates.

The state of 4G&5G pricing in Latin America, August 2020
2020
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Peru
Argentina
Mexico
mobile
wireless

August 2020
Mobile data prices in Latin American 4-MNO markets are competitive and broadly on par with European and other OECD 4-MNO market prices. Mobile data prices in Latin American 3-MNO markets are sub- or non-competitive (i.e. significantly higher than 4-MNO market prices).

4G & 5G prices in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and UK – June 2020
2020
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
Germany
Italy
France
Spain
UnitedKingdom
DeutscheTelekom
Vodafone
Telefonica
Orange
Altice
BouyguesTelecom
Iliad
Hutchison
Masmovil
mobile
wireless

July 2020
Monthly prices of plans with unlimited data volume and as well gigabyte prices of plans with data caps continue to be significantly higher in the 3-MNO German versus the 4-MNO Italian, French, Spanish and UK markets.

The state of 4G & 5G pricing, 1H2020
2020
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
Japan
Germany
Greece
Netherlands
UnitedStates
Australia
Canada
mobile
wireless

April 2020
The share of smartphone and mobile/wireless broadband plans with unlimited data volume continues to grow, gigabyte allowances of finite data volume plans continue to grow – but overall monthly prices continue to fall.

The state of 4G & 5G pricing, 2H2019: more-for-less
2019
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
UnitedStates
Czechia
Canada
Vodafone

October 2019
The introduction of 5G has supercharged the transition to a basically unlimited everything model. But despite all the more-for-more buzz gigabyte allowances continue to grow while monthly prices continue to fall.

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? Gigabyte prices in 4-MNO markets continue to fall faster than in 3-MNO markets.
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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.

The state of 4G pricing – 1H2018 – Digital Fuel Monitor 9th release
2018
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first

May 2018
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. What a difference a 4th mobile network operator makes!


The state of 4G pricing – 2H2017 – Digital Fuel Monitor 8th release
2017
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first

November 2017
After a comeback in 2016 unlimited mobile data has spread further during 2017.

Digital Fuel Monitor 7th release, 1H2017
2017
dfmonitor
spectrum
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
zero-rating
roaming
networkeconomics

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.

Hutchison Austria quadrupled data allowances after national regulatory authority’s intervention on zero-rating video
2016
Austria
Hutchison
zero-rating
data-caps

December 2016
The regulator intervened along the EU net neutrality rules and BEREC guidelines that prohibit differential throttling when the internet-access data cap is exhausted.


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