TotalTelecom – Mobile in 2016: Northstream makes its annual predictions

Strategic wireless business consultancy Northstream today announced its predictions for the global mobile telecoms industry in 2016.

“In Europe, 2016 will be a “lost year” for investment in the telecoms sector, to the point that the European Commission may be forced to re-evaluate its ‘anti-consolidation’ position in 2017. But we do expect some transformational changes in operating models as operators strive to meet investor expectations.

“In our view, Samsung, Apple & co. have one more year to wait until the threat of credible Chinese smartphone competition looms large in developed markets. In 2016, Chinese vendors will be focused on building scale in emerging markets, gaining the experience they need to compete with the global market leaders next year.

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