White papers

VoIP brings opportunities – and threats – to mobile operators

During the last two years, peer-to-peer voice over Internet applications like Skype and others have visualized the possibilities of the VoIP technology to masses of Internet users. The potential of VoIP however expands way beyond free long distance calls over the Internet – it is about to change the structure of service portfolios for fixed […]
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Published February 10, 2005.


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Succeeding with mobile enterprise services

In the recent months we have seen the launch, by some operators, of new voice services for the enterprise segment such as Push-to-Talk, wireless VPN and wireless PBX. While the enterprise non-voice market is currently still dominated by text messaging and data access, more advanced services like e-mail and vertical applications are slowly gaining momentum. […]
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Published February 9, 2005.


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Intensifying competition ensures continued mobile revenue growth

Recently, Swedish mobile tariffs dropped by a startling 40 percent, a move initiated by a new entrant and quickly followed by the second largest mobile operator. While increasing competition is often seen negatively by mobile operators, Northstream white paper – Growing the mobile voice market – shows that market competition is a key driving force […]
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Published November 12, 2004.


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High pace of irreversible fixed-to-mobile substitution

Countries such as Finland and Italy have already undergone an enormous migration of voice traffic from fixed to mobile networks. If Germany were to follow a similar fixed-to-mobile substitution trend between 2004 and 2007 as Finland did between 1997 and 2001, the result would be a 300% growth in traffic and a 200% increase in […]
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Published September 16, 2004.


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Push-to-talk over Cellular

Push-to-talk is a “walkie-talkie-type” service implemented over mobile networks. US operator NexTel first introduced the service on their iDen network almost ten years ago and the service has since its introduction shown impressive growth in popularity and created quite a buzz in the mobile industry. The first steps to introduce the service on GPRS are […]
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Published February 23, 2004.


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Content download clients – closing the gap between mobile and media industries

Content download clients represent a new way of distributing mobile content to users, going beyond the established service enablers such as SMS/MMS (push content e.g. for news and sports), WAP (news browsing over a mobile portal) or media streaming (watching video clips from mobile portal). Content download clients have programs installed and executed in a […]
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Published February 20, 2004.


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‘3’ paved the way – now it’s time for everyone

A more widespread launch of 3G in Europe over 2004 will impact industry players in a number of ways. Many 3G operators in Europe are currently focusing on ironing out network performance issues, and waiting to ensure terminal availability, mindful of the issues faced by ‘3’ post launch. In this white paper Northstream reviews the […]
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Published February 20, 2004.


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Mobile smart tags – RFID in cellular

Imagine that you approach the subway ticket gate and the gates opens without you having to do anything, Science Fiction? No, its here already. Smart tags, or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), identify users or trace goods and the technology has been around for many years, but the tags have however been large and expensive and […]
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Published February 19, 2004.


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Fixed to Mobile Substitution

Fixed to mobile substitution (FMS) offers interesting business opportunities for all types of mobile operators. The size and timing of the opportunity varies between markets and operators. Ongoing 3G network investments will impact Western European fixed to mobile substitution development, and capacity utilization will become an increasing challenge for mobile operators. Northstream discusses fixed to […]
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Published February 18, 2004.


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Operator Options for 3G Evolution

This Northstream report is an independent analysis of the global 3G network evolution situation. In year 2000, evolution paths to 3G appeared clear for GSM, CDMA and TDMA operators, with WCDMA as an unrivalled future global radio interface, with evolved CDMA2000 variants deployed in specific markets. Some analysts and other industry players now suggest that […]
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Published February 14, 2003.