MWC 2023 Warm up – 5G Business Success: 5G ecosystem gathers pace, helping operators to grow revenue and market share

Over the last three years, since the time 5G was first launched, the 5G ecosystem has continued to move from strength to strength, helping service providers grow their revenue and market share while providing innovative use uses to their users. It is for this reason that the 5G deployments have accelerated globally in all geographies, particularly in the Middle, Asia Pacific and Europe regions.

As per the latest data released by GSA in January 2023, 243 commercial 5G networks have been launched globally, while 515 service providers are investing in 5G. Further, more than 1700 5G devices have been announced across the globe. 5G users increased from 819 million in June to 924 million in September 2022 and have likely crossed one billion by December 2022, thus covering 36% of the world’s population, according to Strategy Analytics.

All this means that 5G is growing three times faster than 4G. The 5G’s growth globally is impressive, considering it was launched in 2019 and it continued its growth trajectory even during the pandemic.

Revenue Increase of 5G Global Operators Worldwide

A key reason behind the fast growth of the 5G ecosystem globally is that it is helping service providers improve their revenue and increase their users as well. While the previous technologies were about improved speed and coverage, 5G allows operators to increase their subscriber base by enabling them to provide new use cases for different industry verticals.

China and South Korea were the earlier adopters of 5G and mobile service recovery has made a “strong recovery” in both market since the launch of 5G. “From falling 4-5% per annum in mid-2019, they are now growing 3-4% per annum…Higher-value services are the cornerstone of 5G propositions in these markets and the high level of adoption of 5G is helping to amplify this effect,” says

Globally, 5G service providers in all geographies are witnessing a significant increase in their business. All 22 leading 5G operators in China, South Korea, and other countries achieved significant business growth from mobile services. Further, nearly 125 (72%) of the 173 global 5G operators have seen revenue growth from mobile services, and 5G is the crucial reason for this. According to Strategy Analytics, mobile service revenue is growing by 3-4% annually for service providers and 5G is a key factor behind this improved performance.

Similarly, Thailand’s AIS has recorded ARPU growth of 10-15% and had 5.5 million 5G subscribers in September 2022, which is around 12% of its subscribers. On the other hand, Elisa in Finland reported a revenue increase of €3 per month as a result of 5G upgrades in Q3. 5G now accounts for 33% of smartphones on its network, according to Strategy Analytics.

Business success of 5G operators

One can evaluate the success of the major 5G operators to find out how 5G is helping them grow their revenue. Take the case of China Mobile, one of the largest 5G service providers in the world with its network covering more than one billion people in China. At the end of December 2022, China Mobile had more than 1.27 million 5G base stations. Enthused by the positive response to its 5G services, the operator plans to build more than one million 5G base stations by the end of this year.

On the other hand, Telefonica is a perfect example of how 5G is helping service providers in growing revenue opportunities in both consumer and business segments. Telefonica’s focus on using smart bundling (including FMS) and network parity through its 5G services has led to cumulative revenue growth of about 5% between 2020 and 2022.

Another example is that of Zain KSA, which has seen its growth surge by eight times during the last three years after it launched Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The service provider recorded a 30% increase in ARPU for wireless home customers compared to 4G to 5G. South Africa’s first 5G FWA operator, Rain, reached the ‘break-even’ point in just three years, highlighting the latent demand for high-speed and low-latency services powered by 5G. This helped it to deliver significantly improved benefits, up by 9.7% to touch 3.6 billion South African Rands, to its investors.

The first-mover advantage is crucial in helping service providers gain market share as is evident in the case of Zain Kuwait, which was the first operator to launch 5G services in the Middle East. 5G traffic now accounts for more than 40% of its total wireless traffic, thus helping it emerge as the number one country in GCC countries in terms of 5G offload ratio.

Several other service providers, like Elisa and DNA in Finland, HKT in Hong Kong, True and AIS in Thailand and Vodafone in Germany, among others, are in the process of expanding 5G coverage to provide new and novel use cases to their subscribers.

 In Closing

The business success of the 5G service providers clearly demonstrates that 5G is helping service providers increase market share and gain a crucial first-mover advantage while delivering superior experiences and use cases to their subscribers. This indicates that the service providers must accelerate the deployment of 5G and grow the coverage across all regions in their respective service areas.


Etisalat implementing 800GE and transport slicing with Nokia in UAE

Etisalat by e& will use Nokia’s IP solution to upgrade its IP core capacity and enable transport slicing capabilities, ensuring a superior and more resilient 5G experience for its customers.

As part of the agreement, Nokia will also provide services for replacing the existing equipment with its 7750 Service Router (SR), and for implementing automated transport slicing over Etisalat by e&’s aggregation and core network. Nokia’s Network Services Platform (NSP) transport slice controller will enable the operator to automate the delivery and the closed-loop optimisation of its end customer services in its core network, while ensuring strict bandwidth and latency performance.

Nokia’s 7750 SR, powered by FP5 routing silicon, will help Etisalat by e& provide a compelling, reliable and differentiated experience to its customers. The vendor’s 800GE routing capability enables operators to address ever-growing traffic demands in a more sustainable manner by building a faster and more energy-efficient IP network.

Khaled Al Suwaidi, Senior Vice President of Core Networks and Platforms at etisalat by e& UAE, said: « With the increasing proliferation of smart devices and use cases for 5G, it is now essential to provide high capacity and improved 5G network experience to our customers. The partnership with Nokia will enable us to amplify this experience and also reiterates our commitment to implementing the latest technology to continuously improve our services and provide world-class solutions.”

Samer Makke, Head of the Customer Team for etisalat by e&, UAE, at Nokia, said: « The demand for capacity is ever-increasing and service providers are always under pressure to meet these demands. Our solution will help etisalat by e& acquire more capacity and enable it to quickly provide differentiated services at scale.”


Twitter vs A2P Fraud: Validating Messaging Traffic with Intelligent Data Insights

Twitter vs A2P Fraud: Validating Messaging Traffic with Intelligent Data Insights

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Tim Ward, VP Number Information Services  at XConnect

Even Twitter isn’t immune to Application to Person (A2P) fraud, according to Elon Musk. In December Musk said telcos were using bots to generate $60 million worth of fraudulent text messages within a year. In response to this, he shut down all telcos that have fraud above 10 percent, impacting … [visit site to read more]

Brazil opens up 6GHz band for WiFi upgrade

Brazilian regulator Anatel enabled broadband providers to tap into the 6GHz spectrum band unlicensed for the next decade via higher-powered devices, a move that will enhance WiFi broadband coverage, and deliver US$163.5 billion to the Brazilian economy, according to industry bodies Abrint and the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA).

In a statement from the DSA, Anatel said ISPs now have outdoor access to the 6GHz band through higher-powered devices thus enhancing coverage throughout Brazil.

Equipment vendors Broadcom and Cisco will provide automated frequency coordination (AFC) technology to ISPs in Brazil to tap into the band.

DSA president Martha Suarez said: “License-exempt use of the entire 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi will be critical to address current pressing bandwidth demands for end users, applications and industries.

“To do so efficiently, the different use case operations from
5,925 to 7,125MHz will allow growing ultra-fast WiFi demands to be met, new applications such as augmented and virtual reality and new innovations that require high-quality, real-time connectivity.

« Used for every aspect of our lives such as remote education, work and commerce, WiFi needs greater spectrum access in the 6GHz band to effectively support the modern digital ecosystem.”

Anatel allowed unlicensed access to the 5,925MHz – 7,125MHz band for low-power indoor and portable devices in 2021. This apparently supported 20,000 ISPs to provide more reliable WiFi using the 6GHz band. The move enhanced WiFi in 25 million fixed access points via fibre-to-the-home connections.

Allowing service providers to tap into the 6GHz band has been allowed by various regulators in western nations. The US Federal Communications Commission opened up the airwaves in 2020. Mexico recently only partially opened the 6GHz band to ISPs which prompted disappointment from providers.


European Commission launches Big Tech’s ‘fair share’ consultation


The 12-week consultation could form the basis of legislation that would force major tech firms to subsidise telco infrastructure costs

Today, the European Commission has announced its latest steps towards making gigabit connectivity available to all citizens by 2030.

Included within these updates is the proposed introduction of a ‘Gigabit Infrastructure Act’, aimed to reduce the red tape and administrative costs associated with deploying gigabit-capable networks, as well as a draft of a Gigabit Recommendation, seeking to provide guidance to national regulators about when operators should be allowed to access their competitors networks.

But perhaps most important among these updates is the launch of a consultation on the future of the telecoms sector, seeking to “gather views on the changing technological and market landscape and how it may affect the sector for electronic communications”.

At the heart of this investigation is the so-called ‘fair share’ debate, asking whether Big Tech firms like Google and Meta should be forced to help subsidise the expensive roll out of telecoms infrastructure on which their businesses are so reliant.

Proponents of this idea, naturally, include the majority of European telecoms network operators, who point to a report from the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) that suggests that the top six tech giants generated over 55% of all telecom networks’ traffic.

As such, it should come as no surprise that ETNO has called the launch of the consultation “a positive and urgent step towards addressing major imbalances in the internet ecosystem to the benefit of European end-users”, while John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer at the GSMA, said in a statement that the “burden [of funding network infrastructure] should not fall entirely on the backs of European consumers and businesses”.

In a blog post yesterday, Telefonica’s Chief Public Policy, Competition & Regulatory Officer, Juan Montero Rodil, argued that the EU would not meet its digital and connectivity goals without financial support from Big Tech.

“The solution that we are proposing is rather simple: The EU must ensure LTOs [Large Traffic Originators] have an obligation to sit down, negotiate and reach fair agreements on a fair and proportionate price for the services provided,” he said. “Such legislation will enable network operators to further invest in digital infrastructure to help achieve the EU’s digital targets and will incentivise LTOs to deliver traffic in a more efficient way for the benefit of the ecosystem.”

Others, however, have been far less enthusiastic about this plan, suggesting that it will infringe on European net neutrality principles that ensures all internet traffic is treated indiscriminately. It has also been argued that such a levy will essentially allow operators to be paid twice for providing the single service – once by their subscribers and again by the tech firms.

“Europeans already pay telecom operators for internet access, they should not have to pay telcos a second time through pricier streaming and cloud services,” argued Christian Borggreen, CCIA Europe’s senior vice president.

Now, the Commission is seeking the opinions of the wider telecoms industry in the form of a questionnaire, the outline of which was leaked earlier this month.

The consultation period will remain open until May, after which the Commission will decide on its next steps, including whether to implement new legislation.

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Lesser-known Benefits of Partnering with Bicom Systems (for Small or Medium Service Providers)

As a small or medium telecom service provider, choosing the right technology provider to partner with can be challenging. There are many factors to consider, including product features, pricing, support, and company reputation. Many small businesses opt for products of larger companies with an established brand, hoping that will give them an edge in the saturated market. But that is only sometimes the case. 

Bicom Systems is a unified communications software manufacturer offering a wide range of products and services to help telecom service providers compete in today’s market. 

Here is why Bicom Systems might be one of the best choices to partner with if you are a small or a medium telecom service provider.

Flexible pricing for higher profit margins

Instead of settling down for profits affected by another company’s brand and reputation in a saturated market, we at Bicom Systems offer smaller and medium providers to earn higher margins. We are committed and active participants in the reseller channel. We don’t aim at the end-users and compete with smaller vendors in the same lane. 

We provide top-notch unified communication software which small and medium businesses can sell, and we don’t go for the same customer base. Our solutions are scalable and customizable, so our pricing depends on each provider’s unique needs. 

Strong focus on the in-house customer support

Bicom Systems is a customer-centric company with a strong focus on customer support, offering 24/7 technical support and a dedicated account manager to help our partners with any issues or questions they may have. Our support team is highly trained and experienced, ensuring that you can get the help you need when you need it. We don’t outsource our support worldwide or intend to do it in such a manner. 

Cost-effective, stable solutions

Bicom Systems offers business communication solutions tailored to the needs of small and medium telecom service providers. Our software product suite is designed to be stable without sacrificing quality or functionality. In contrast, some more prominent companies’ solutions are generally more expensive and geared toward larger enterprises, which can be out of reach for small providers with limited budgets.

A complete software product suite

Bicom Systems offers a comprehensive software suite designed to work seamlessly together, including PBX (Private Branch Exchange) systems, call center solutions, and unified communications tools. This means that small telecom service providers can get all the technology they need to run their business from a single vendor, which can simplify procurement, implementation, and support.

In other cases, when the company provides only one stellar telecom product, that may require small providers to work with multiple vendors to get the necessary technology


Bicom Systems offers scalable solutions, meaning they can grow with the business as it expands. This is particularly important for small providers who may start with a limited customer base but have plans to grow in the future. Bicom Systems’ scalable solutions mean that providers can start small and then expand their systems as their customer base grows without needing to switch to a new vendor.

Flexible deployment options

Bicom Systems offers flexible deployment options that can be customized to fit the needs of your business. Whether you prefer a cloud-based, on-premise, or hybrid solution, Bicom Systems can provide a deployment model that works for you. On the other hand, more prominent companies primarily offer on-premise solutions, which may not be the best fit for small providers who prefer a more flexible deployment model.

Customizable solutions

Bicom Systems offers customizable solutions that can be tailored to the specific needs of small or medium telecom service providers. We understand that each provider has unique requirements, and we are willing to work with our customers to provide solutions that meet those needs. Solutions from bigger companies may be less customizable, which can limit the ability of small and medium providers to tailor their systems to their unique business needs.

Proven track record

We have a proven track record of working with small telecom service providers, helping them to grow their businesses and compete in today’s market. We have over 18 years of experience in the industry and have built a reputation for delivering high-quality, reliable solutions that meet the needs of our customers. 

When opting for established players in the industry, remember that their focus has traditionally been on larger enterprises, which may make them less suited for small and medium telecom service providers.

Partner program

Bicom Systems offers a partner program designed to help small and medium telecom service providers grow and elevate their businesses. The program provides access to training, support, and resources that can help providers succeed in the market. We know that the market is highly competitive, but we are here to help you succeed because your success is our success. 

In conclusion, Bicom Systems could be the best choice for small and medium telecom service providers due to cost-effective solutions, flexible deployment options, a comprehensive software product suite, a strong focus on customer support, and a proven track record. By partnering with Bicom Systems, small providers can get the technology they need to run their businesses without breaking the bank or compromising quality or functionality.

If you are considering partnering with Bicom Systems, don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information.

T-Mobile teams up with AWS for 5G edge compute offerings

Press Release

T-Mobile and Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing division, today are joining forces to bring 5G connectivity paired with AWS compute solutions to T-Mobile’s 5G Advanced Network Solutions portfolio. They will also collaborate on customizable, use case specific offerings as part of the new Integrated Private Wireless on AWS program. These offerings help businesses get the performance and applications they need for their unique use cases – for example, monitoring worker safety on remote industrial campuses, performing predictive maintenance on manufacturing equipment, or ensuring faster aircraft turnaround times at the airport.

“T-Mobile and AWS are coming together to do what industry-leading companies do best – make things easier for customers,” said Callie Field, President, T-Mobile Business Group. “Businesses need a combination of connectivity and compute that fits into their current infrastructure. With our flexible 5G network deployment options and AWS’s cloud compute capabilities, we can quickly provide customers a right-sized solution to make their applications – new and existing – perform like never before.”

“AWS and T-Mobile share a common desire to work backwards from customer feedback to deliver innovation,” said Adolfo Hernandez, Vice President, Telco Industry at AWS. “One of the biggest challenges in galvanizing industries and revenue for 5G services has been the lack of flexible 5G solutions that meet the compute and connectivity needs for customers. Together with T-Mobile’s innovative suite of 5G Advanced Network Solutions and our Integrated Private Wireless Program, we have the power to meet customers where they are.”

After years of industry excitement, 5G private network adoption has underwhelmed, but the potential is undeniably huge. The challenge has been the complexity and cost businesses face in unlocking that potential – requiring them to work across multiple vendors for compute, connectivity, applications, integration and more at a time of increased budget pressures. With some connectivity vendors insisting on a costly one-size-fits all approach to private networking – instead of a flexible set of private, hybrid and public networking options – it’s no wonder adoption has been slow to take off.

By working together, T-Mobile and AWS can help customers more easily discover, customize, and deploy 5G edge compute. Current AWS customers or businesses wanting AWS services can use the Integrated Private Wireless on AWS portal to explore customized solutions, browsing by industry or use case. Then they simply choose T-Mobile as their 5G provider. For U.S. businesses new to any advanced network or compute solution, T-Mobile will be able to work with them to set up a 5G public, hybrid or private network that’s already integrated with AWS’s customizable edge infrastructure and services.

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