Fixed or Mobile? Price Drives Broadband Choice for Subscribers in Europe

PRNewswire
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
Dec 8, 2009

More consumers in Europe are basing their broadband service subscriptions on price rather than on whether the service is delivered via fixed or mobile networks, a trend that will have a major impact on how network operators position and market their services, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (www.pyr.com), the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network (www.lightreading.com).

Fixed Broadband Competition Impacts Mobile Broadband Uptake in European Markets analyzes the adoption of broadband services across Eastern, Central, and Western Europe. The

15-page report compares the uptake of fixed and mobile broadband services in 17 countries in

the region and highlights those markets where adoption is much higher or lower than might be expected. It analyzes the relationships between fixed and mobile broadband, as well as the correlation with GDP per capita. Finally, we present four case studies of broadband markets: The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Download an excerpt (http://www.pyr.com/downloads.htm?id=5&sc=PRN120809_INEUR1.9) of this report.

Purchase this report online (http://www.pyramidresearch.com/store/ins_eur_091123.htm?sc=PRN120809_INEUR1.9 ).

In Europe, the level of competition in each market and pricing have emerged as the determining factors affecting subscriber broadband purchase decisions. "The dynamics in the fixed broadband market are shaping those in the mobile broadband segment, and as mobile technologies improve and mature, they will have a stronger impact on the fixed segment," notes Jan ten Sythoff, Manager of mobile content at Pyramid Research and author of the report.

"There is a stronger correlation between GDP per capita and broadband adoption when cellular and fixed networks are measured together than if fixed and mobile broadband technologies are examined separately, which strongly suggests that subscribers tend to choose between the two when making purchase decisions," says Sythoff. "Mobile operators now need to ensure that their broadband packages are positioned competitively with other mobile and fixed broadband offers, while fixed operators also need to focus on both sectors, with pricing and bundling as key differentiators."

Fixed Broadband Competition Impacts Mobile Broadband Uptake in European Markets is part of Pyramid Research's Europe Telecom Insider report series. Telecom Insiders are packed with trend analysis, industry best practices, market sizing and forecasting, competitor analysis, and case studies, providing you information you can leverage to make better business decisions.

Download an excerpt of this report here (http://www.pyr.com/downloads.htm?id=5&sc=PRN120809_INEUR1.9). This report is priced at $595 and can be purchased online here (http://www.pyramidresearch.com/store/ins_eur_091123.htm?sc=PRN120809_INEUR1.9 ) or by contacting Amalia Vega at avega@pyr.com or telephone at +1-619-229-9940.

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