Next-gen mobile service revenue to double in 2008; competition to follow

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fightingInfonetics Research has released a new study about North American, European, and Asia Pacific next-gen mobile and wireless broadband service providers. The report states that operators expect revenue from next-gen mobile services to increase 121% on average. The report also indicates that Capex towards next-gen services will jump 21% between 2006 and 2008, from an average of $2.8 billion to $3.4 billion.

However, those surveyed also stated that with so many operators making the push towards 3G (and eventually 4G) services, success will not be a walk in the park: 65% of providers rated competition and customer retention as the most challenging of their business concerns. Most believe that offering a broad range of services will be more important than price in the coming war.

Check out a bunch of other interesting stats from the report after the jump.

* Fixed mobile convergence and integrating new wireless technologies were the top-rated technical challenges to offering wireless broadband and next gen mobile services
* 75% of respondents plan to offer mobile video and mobile TV services by 2008-more than double the number offering them now
* 43% use a content aggregator for mobile video services now; this grows to 56% by 2008
* IMS is far and away the lead reference architecture for packet control planes, with 54% already having deployed it and 92% planning to by 2008
* Fixed WiMAX, mobile WiMAX, and HSDPA, HSUPA deployments by respondents all grow over the next year
* 70% currently include WiFi as part of their infrastructure, declining to 45% by 2008
* Ericsson, Nokia-Siemens, and Alcatel-Lucent are the top-rated vendors of infrastructure for mobile networks, followed by Nortel and Cisco