Edited by Anastassios Gentzoglanis and Anders Henten
Chapter 14: Next Generation Mobile Networks Deployment and Regulation in the European Union
1 Claudio Feijóo, Sergio Ramos and José-Luis Gómez-Barroso 14.1 INTRODUCTION The ubiquitous broadband revolution will fundamentally change the landscape of European telecommunications. Citing European Commissioner Reding (2008): ‘we are currently confronted with a once in a generation opportunity to make sure that Europe promotes and leads the next phase of wireless technology which will be the transition from voice and short text services to the wireless web’. Today mobile telecommunications are a major driver of the European Union (EU) economy, with expected market growth by 2.4 percent in 2009 to reach an overall value of €144.5 billion. Mobile data traffic, including text messages and Internet access, contributes for €33 billion of the total turnover in mobile telecommunications and most of the growth, 8.4 percent (EITO, 2009). The so-called next generation networks (NGNs) will be the supporting infrastructure of ubiquitous broadband. They are typically defined as multiservice networks, running over Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks, complemented by flexible service platforms and management systems.2 In particular they will be able to make use of multiple broadband, quality of service (QoS)-enabled transport technologies and in which service-related functions are independent from underlying transport technologies. They will also offer access by users to different service providers and support generalized mobility which will allow consistent and ubiquitous provision of services to users (Kocan et al., 2002; Modarressi and Mohan, 2000). For the purposes of this chapter, an NGN will be simply a single network which delivers multiple applications – voice, data and...
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