Most of the time, we’re aiming to differentiate ourselves as a company. To highlight how our particular focus – our mission and vision – mark us out from our competitors as the partner of choice for telcos around the world.
However, occasionally, we’ll band together with other major players in the telecoms industry – operators and suppliers – on common ground, to highlight what we all care passionately about. Today is one of those days.
The GSMA has corralled the support of companies including AT&T, Bharti Enterprises, Nokia, Telefonica, Vodafone and Nokia Siemens Networks, to sign a letter to the G20 leaders that outlines the key role mobile broadband has to play in driving economic growth. It calls for the G20 governments to do two things:
1. Allocate the mobile industry the radio spectrum it needs over time to build these new networks
2. Deliver a stable, predictable and minimally intrusive regulatory environment
At Nokia Siemens Networks, we believe that broadband needs to be made available to as many people as possible to help drive economic growth. However, for true mobile broadband, the industry needs access to more and better suited spectrum; a first step is opening up the 900 MHz band for UMTS and LTE, and a second step is making parts of the digital dividend (broadcast spectrum that is freed up after broadcasters switch from analogue to digital transmission) available for mobile use. In Europe in particular, there remain some specific regulatory constraints in that no decision on refarming of the GSM900 bands has been made by the European Parliament and on the digital dividend we are moving slowly, albeit in the right direction.
Our customers are not asking for public money, but for stable rules in order to invest in tomorrow’s networks and unless these rules are set, operators won’t invest. Without this investment, broadband for all could remain some way off.