Data Costs for NOCS.....
"" will have to start chatrging proper rates for data, and non of us want to see that...."
Actually, I have to say, I would love to be charged proper rates for data, because it would be astonishingly good value.
The problem we have is that we are /used/ to the price of 'mobile, and accept now this is 'fair'. But, the reality is that the cost of running a NOC is pretty damn low, for the number of subs' on that network.
SMS, for example, carried over the C7 Signalling link is almost /almost/ free for the Network to deliver. C7 is a by-product of the paging between device and the RBS/MSC/BSC that goes on to allow people to move about. Location updates back to the HLR use C7. Think Teletext delivered through the white noise in the telly for a parallel.
The whine that the NOC's come out with is "£22bn for a 3g Licence" *. Well, that as may be, but, the cost of deployment and the running of a 20million plus network is not as high as the NOCs would have you believe. Really.
* That was their fault for being lured into the the Brown "you want it, you buy it" mentality coupled to Dot.com The Scandics did the 'beauty contest' thing and are years ahead of the UK for 3g deployment and, more important, usage. And is much cheaper......