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LTE launches mean that IPX finally has a market. As they prepare for LTE roaming using IPX, many operators are assessing whether they should also be IPX providers. However, breaking into the market is difficult.


  • The IPX market is finally growing, driven by LTE rollouts, and operators new to international mobile wholesale are considering becoming IPX providers. However, they face many barriers, and for most mobile operators such a move won’t make sense.
  • Innovation in value-added services surrounding IPX is happening and presents a better way of differentiating than price.
  • Operator groups with small numbers of operating companies will struggle to differentiate on reach alone.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand why and how the IPX market is growing.
  • Analyze the opportunities and barriers for mobile operators considering entry into the IPX provider market.
  • Recognize the strengths of established IPX players.

Key questions answered

  • Why is the IPX market growing?
  • What are the opportunities for new entrants?
  • How can new entrants differentiate themselves from established players?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Widespread LTE rollouts demand that mobile operators seriously consider their options for IPX
  • Careful consideration required before deciding to become an IPX provider
  • Differentiation is possible but requires innovation


  • Further reading
  • Author

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