Monday, August 13, 2012

Q2 reviews for Dutch big 6 telcos

Here are the reviews of the Q2 results of the 'big 6' telcos in the Netherlands (background articles: subscription required):

Available in Dutch:
Available in English:

Full service:
  • KPN: broadband is being repaired, but mobile is still worrisome
  • Tele2: small positive: growing share on the mobile market
  • Vodafone: unremarkable
  • T-Mobile: outperforming the mobile market
  • Ziggo, UPC: losing focus but still OK

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mobile data aren't mobile at all

Mobile operators claiming that the vast majority of their subscribers use less than 500 MB of data per month are talking differently in public than in a recent survey, in which most operators say they expect a 20 fold rise over the next 5 years. Just do the math on watching YouTube at a 1 Mb/s bit rate: you would burn through your monthly allowance in just one hour. 500 MB is really just nothing.
So, if these operator claims about users staying below the 500 MB threshold are right after all, then there are two possibilities:

  • Subscribers aren't using mobile data's full potential.
  • They are on WiFi all the time.