White papers

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.