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  • Personalised access?

  • Traffic shaping & blocking?

  • Charge "upstream" companies?

  • Partner with Internet players?

  • Collaborative initiatives & RCSe?

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  • Voice is about much more than just the 100-year old concept of "telephony"

  • Application-specific charging in broadband is almost impossible to achieve in reality

  • Offload of mobile broadband traffic to femtocells and WiFi will co-exist

  • RCS and RCSe will fail to make an impact on consumers

  • The data "tsunami" has been over-stated and is flattening off. Think S-Curve, not Exponential

  • Mobile video cannot be properly "optimised" by the network alone, without the consent of users/publishers

  • Policy management must be linked with charging for the majority of next-gen use cases

  • Mobile broadband cannot substitute for large-scale fixed broadband, especially in developed urban areas

  • Under-the-floor (UTF) providers like outsourcers are as much of a threat as OTT players

  • NFC & mobile payments are massively overhyped. Cash & cards remain king.

  • Subscriptions are not the only basis for service provision; it is critical to support transactional models as well

  • SIM cards have many benefits - but also represent constraints on innovative business models

  • Multiplicity is more important than convergence - multiple numbers, multiple devices, multiple identities, multiple service providers.

  • LTE will not be massmarket until 2015, hampered by a lack of business model, spectrum, voice and device performance

  • Mobile applications should be bearer-aware, not bearer-agnostic. This is a fatal flaw in IMS.

  • Network neutrality will generally be guaranteed by market forces rather than regulation

  • Context is more important than content.  

  • There is no mobile Internet. Just The Internet. Laptops & large-screen mobile devices are critically important.

  • Almost nobody 'has their first experience of the Internet on a mobile phone'.

  • Mobile operators will relax their 3G data plan terms-of-service and permit VoIP traffic

  • Metropolitan WiFi is a near-useless proposition

  • Despite new allocations, the mobile industry will be more spectrum-constrained in the future & this will define business models.

  • VoIPo3G will grow faster than VoWLAN, for both carriers & independent providers.