Rapid growth in new services and data traffic, heightened levels of networking and digitalization in all industries and areas of people’s lives, coupled with bitter price wars in a desperate effort to retain subscribers – telecommunications companies operating on saturated markets face harrowing challenges. Modern network concepts, integrated expansion of network capacities, focused innovation, accelerated partnering activities, extension of wholesale business, differentiated development of markets, and agile processes and IT can ensure the profitability of carriers.
The price wars for fixed line telephony are raging. More and more customers reach for their cell phones or access the Internet to make their phone calls. At the same time, IP-based broadband networks, so-called Next Generation Networks, are opening up completely new channels for communication: they transmit voice, data, and video signals in any combination via a single network. Network operators see themselves confronted with a multitude of critical decisions: Which access technology will win the day? Will the trade with transmission capacities be profitable in the long run? Is there enough contact with the customer? How will the business models of the future look?
Detecon offers integrated management and technology consulting to global network operators. We provide support in the analysis, conception, selection, implementation, and operation of all types of communication platforms. This service includes the assessment of trends and usage scenarios for end user devices and systems for network management, operation support, and billing. At the same time, we develop pioneering business models and implement lean organizational structures. In individual cases, Detecon has invested in companies as part of the privatization or the new establishment of network operators.
The boom in mobile networks continues around the globe. The increased mobility of users in the industrialized countries, but above all the rapid developments in threshold countries such as India or China are constantly giving rise to new incentives for investments. Convergent services in which end devices automatically access fixed line or mobile networks, or the Internet via WLAN, depending on the user’s location, promise high potential. Moreover, the integration of information and entertainment offers, which make news, video clips, ringing tones, and games for downloading available to those on the go, plays an important role.
Whether customers – and if so, which ones – are prepared to spend money – and how much – for what services is the decisive question on the mobile network market. In the course of numerous worldwide projects, Detecon has acquired outstanding expertise in the assessment of mobile network technologies and the related business models. Experienced in the installation and integration of convergent fixed/mobile architectures, IP mobility solutions, mobile network standards, and roaming technologies, we offer our clients a precise fit in services along the entire length of the value chain. In individual cases, Detecon may also invest in companies as part of privatization and the new establishment of network operators.
In the coming years, regulatory authorities around the globe will continue to play an important role in the world of telecommunications. Wherever non-renewable resources must be distributed, external effects or natural monopolies or oligopolies exist, and competition cannot develop freely, regulatory methods must intervene. In addition, regulators in many countries actively support the transformation to an information society. It can be assumed that international organizations such as the EU, WTO, and World Bank will promote these developments to an ever greater degree so that international “best practice” regulatory approaches can be realized more quickly.
Detecon has successfully provided consulting services to regulatory authorities around the world as they set up regulatory procedures in accordance with international standards from the WTO, ITU, or EU, among others. Our experts draw up sector reforms, privatization projects, and legal frameworks, provide support for the organization of regulatory authorities, and develop regulatory instruments such as procedures for granting licenses, price regulation, interconnection, universal service funds, data protection, unbundled network access, etc.