Marketing fodder for Neo: FCC presentation
dp at wicult.net
Fri Feb 23 18:45:37 CET 2007
Ian - I totally agree with your points, which present yet more reasons to
start at the MVNO level.
From: Ian Stirling [mailto:openmoko at mauve.plus.com]
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 9:40 AM
To: dp at wicult.net
Cc: community at lists.openmoko.org
Subject: Re: Marketing fodder for Neo: FCC presentation
David Pinto wrote:
> Expect the large carriers to do whatever they can to prevent from open
> platforms to gain market share. One of their biggest concerns is turning
> from *Cellular Service Providers* into *Wireless Network Providers* (which
> is exactly what Neo will catalyze). There are suggestions being currently
> made in the cellular industry to start charging a premium for accessing
> certain URLs from cellphones (e.g., Skype :)), as well as other mid-evil
> times ideas.
> There are about 180 wireless providers in the US
> (http://www.ctia.org/research_statistics/index.cfm/AID/10202). One way of
> getting traction is with the smaller MVNO, which will see the Neo/OpenMoko
> as a business opportunity rather than a threat.
It all depends on the terms of service of the upstream connection of the
MVNO. If the real networks they are hosted on can impose conditions on
the virtual operators, then smaller operators are only helpful until the
larger companies react.
Of course, this may raise competition issues, and inspire legal action,
which could go very wrong for the larger companies.
They may simply choose to raise the prices to virtual operators.
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