I read recently that Vodafone are launching the first ‘aggregated’ LTE (long-term evolution) network, which will further boost their network coverage and 4G capabilities.
As I have written before, this is about the network provider finding cost-efficient ways to improve network speed and also improve customer service. Every company in this space is exploring how to offer triple or quad plays so this trend is likely to continue.
Could a further part of this answer be in more strategic sharing partnerships with the electricity providers, as Vodafone Ireland has recently done with ESB?
For those telcos that don’t have any fibre line networks to rival the major providers, perhaps they can start exploring how to piggyback on existing grid infrastructure – so more fibre lines can be installed in more homes?
I know that I would jump at the chance to enhance my own broadband speed at home – currently limited by my ‘copper-line’.
I expect to see far more sharing and partnerships in the area of broadband provision. These companies can no longer compete and make adequate profits just on comparing the speed of service any longer – they need to add more value to the customer. Therefore the basic grid infrastructure itself will be increasingly shared and managed between various companies.
What do you think? Is this kind of strategic partnership inevitable? Leave a comment here or tweet me on @simondillsworth.
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