Telcos ask for bigger share of the spoils


Industry leaders say they want bigger rewards from the industry

Global mobile network operators this morning called for a bigger share of the spoils from the mobile telecoms industry.

The view was expressed by GSMA chairman and Telecom Italia CEO Franco Bernabe (pictured) at a keynote session and was reiterated by Telefonica executive chairman and CEO Cesar Alierta, AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua and Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao.

Stephenson noted that spectrum allocation should be used to drive technology adoption and lay the foundation for mobile to drive other industries.

Alierta warned that telcos pay for spectrum, pay tax and then build the network, but are then punished by the authorities. He wants to encourage more open standards, and held up the low prices paid at the UK auction for 4G spectrum as evidence the industry won’t always accept its position.

Colao said that the threat from over-the-top (OTT) players had encouraged it to create its Red tariff, which offers unlimited voice minutes. He also called for regulators to stop regulation of retail and wholesale mobile traffic and stop favouring new entrants that can’t stand on their own.