An Exploration of what Open-Access means for Broadband
The telecoms industry is awash with a sense of ambivalence for its future. In one dimension, what lies ahead is a fascinating convergence of cutting-edge technologies, each with the power to break down today’s barriers. In another, more grounded dimension, the future is rife with a struggle to stay afloat.
As consumers, our affinity with the Internet is blossoming, driving us to desire more for less. But, in proverbial terms, this trend means telecoms operators are receiving the short end of the stick. While the rate of data traffic growth across fixed and mobile networks has shattered even the most flamboyant projections, revenue from this traffic is under a constant state of erosion.
This is not a sustainable business model. Continued investment in telecoms infrastructure cannot scale to meet unprecedented expectations in the absence of new methods to monetise customer interaction with an operator’s network.