Mobile pricing stats…

PTS, the Swedish regulator released its report on “Price progression in Mobile Telephony and Broadband Access (Swedish). This is an interesting follow-up on the recent user statistics. Picking a few interesting numbers

  • The average cost for mobile telephony for at typical user is down by 15% since last year (over 60% since 2005). Interesting to note is that the per-minute charge nowadays is very low (zero in many subscriptions) but the fixed (“opening”) charge per call keeps increasing and the charging interval is now 60 seconds in most cases.
  • The average cost for mobile broadband is almost halved since last year. A significant problem is the discrepancy between advertised data rates and actually measured data rates (and response times) – see the figure from the report below that shows the measured rate in percent of the advertised rate (“up to”-rate) for some (anonymous) operator subscriptions (both mobile and fixed). Not surprisingly – the high-rate 3G subscriptions are the most disappointing.

About Jens Zander

Professor Jens Zander is professor in Radio Communication Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He has been among the few in Swedens Ny Teknik magazine's annual list of influential people in ICT that have been given the epithet “Mobile Guru”. He is one of the leading researchers in mobile communication and is the Scientific director of the industry/academia collaboration center Wireless@KTH. His research group focuses on three main areas – the efficient and scalable use of the radio frequency spectrum, economic aspects of mobile systems and application and energy efficiency in future wireless infrastructures.
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