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GSMA: Customers will sell privacy for cash

GSMA's Mobile Asia Expo, the first major telecom event since the Snowden leaks, offers an excellent opportunity for the biggest industry group to take a leadership role on data protection and offer reassurance to the world's 4 billion-odd mobile users. 


GSMA chairman Franco Bernabè did not take that opportunity this morning, despite devoting half of his keynote to security and privacy.


He acknowledged that with the “unprecedented level of information sharing,” privacy was “one of the most debated issues of our time.” He said it was critical that the mobile industry rise to the challenge.


Bernabè did not elaborate on how that challenge could be met, but he did cite Amdocs research which suggests that consumers would be willing to reveal personal data in return for cash.


That insight offered, he turned to his more important role as pitchman for NFC. His security tip: the SIM will protect your data.


Cellcos to shine (some) light on data roaming 

But lucrative legal scam otherwise to continue unabated

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9.1b connected by devices by 2015: GSMA

Some GSMA forecasts from the Bernabè presentation.


By 2015 there will be:

- 9.1 billion mobile connections

- 4.6 billion mobile customers

- 3.2 billion mobile broadband connections

- 350 million 4G connections


The mobile industry 'ecosystem' will be worth $1.9 trillion and employ 9.8 million people.


Operators will spend $793 billion on infrastructure between 2012-15.




LTE’s big problem: spectrum fragmentation

Forget the world phone. By 2015, LTE is forecast to be deployed in 38 different spectrum combinations.

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TD and FDD-LTE must combine: GSMA

The key to LTE success? The GSM Association view is it will be the availability of unified TD/FDD devices.

GSMA director-general Anne Bouverot says it's “encouraging” that products containing TD-LTE chipsets are already on the market.

“But that's not enough to drive the market to scale. The key requirement for success is dual mode chipsets for TD and FDD LTE,” she said at today’s GTI Summit in Hong Kong.

“I cannot emphasise enough that dual chipsets are absolutely critical for the success of this industry.”

The LTE devices will need to be capable of being sold in multiple markets and to enable roaming, she said.

“We can't allow the industry to split again between technologies as we saw in the past,” she said, citing GSM and CDMA in the 2G era and W-CDMA, cdma2000 and TD-SCDMA in 3G.