T-Mobile is launching its broadband voice @Home service throughout the US, which prepares them for an agressive FMC position. French telecom carriers are also expected to push harder on FMC and wireline broadband expansion as the consolidation in the market finally draws to a close, but that we believe is mirroring a worldwide trend.
Consolidation hasn’t been holding other projects back, it’s simply been a safer early response to declining revenue per bit. We believe that operators worldwide are preparing for a “transformation test” around FMC, broadband services, partnerships with Internet companies and developers, and other new areas. They’ll fund what works and cease funding what does not, and this could result in some pockets of spending and reductions as everyone takes the measure of their market. We think the situation will be more predictable in 2009 than in 2010 through 2012, when only some successful revenue initiatives will drive spending growth in service provider infrastructure.