Huawei: Time for Fixed-Line Operators to Change

Fixed-line operators must evolve to counter the threats from the mobile and Internet world, a senior Huawei executive says

Lim Chee Siong, director of fixed network solutions at Huawei Technologies, said fixed-line operators are facing lower voice revenues due to "free, high-quality voice services" from Net telephony service providers, as well as fixed-mobile substitution where consumers choose to make a call on their mobiles instead of wireline phones. He was speaking at a next-generation network (NGN) conference during CommunicAsia held here.

Citing market figures from Gartner, Lim said 75 percent of voice traffic will originate from cellphones by the end of 2009, while 35 percent of fixed-line subscribers will completely switch to mobile lines and Net telephony services.