Mobile Wireless Providers
Data services may give U.S. companies leg up on EuropeansMobile wireless service providers have fared well through the market downturn, continuing to sign up record numbers of subscribers. With that success, operators in the U.S. are basking in the possibility that they could catch or even pass their European counterparts, which have long been considered further advanced when it comes to wireless telecommunications. Thus, its been both a blessing and a curse that the Federal Communications Commission has failed so far to come up with additional spectrum for operators to use for third-generation networks. While the operators could do with more spectrum, they could also do without the costs of the licenses.
Those costs are exactly the reason European carriers are losing their edge. They bid billions of dollars on next-generation spectrum, and the investment is hindering their efforts to build out networks. Some question their ability to earn the revenue needed to pay for the spectrum.