This paper investigates the level of mobile revenues, investments (capex) and usage in Europe, as well as the interrelation between those metrics. The study compares the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) with other global mobile leaders, namely the USA, Japan and South Korea.
The results show that Europe is falling behind other regions in the use of mobile technology to benefit businesses and consumers, and may be jeopardizing the region’s ability in the future to fully take advantage of evolving wireless technologies. One way forward is to encourage regulators and policy-makers in Europe to consider the following three, imperative recommendations when developing the Digital Single Market for Europe and translating it into practical policies:
- Put mobile communications network investments at the heart of the regulatory strategies
- Make sure Small and Medium Enterprises benefit fully from digitalization by promoting horizontal mobile business models
- Maintain focus on high-quality standards.