Specifying & Building a Commercially Sustainable Network for the Future
2018.12.21   |   41 pages   |   Revenue Continuity

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Robert Harrison


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The demand for mobile data continues to grow rapidly, driven by the increasing use of streaming video, higher quality video images and applications incorporating augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).  Mobile operators need to find a commercially sustainable way of handling the increase in traffic.

5G offers mobile operators the promise of additional capacity which will handle up to 20 times the peak data rate of 4G LTE and provides the ability to support new applications owing to a ten times lower latency.  However, the capital cost of building a complete 5G network to replace existing 3G and 4G networks is considerable, and operators need to establish a means of meeting market demand for data whilst keeping their capital costs to an affordable level consistent with their revenues and profitability.

This report looks at the practical issues that will need to be addressed in the deployment of 5G networks to meet market demand, and the opportunities for reducing costs by sharing network elements or deferring them by building and operating combined 4G and 5G networks.  This report examines the options available to operators that will enable them to meet users’ demands whilst containing costs. 

It also looks at the initial deployments of some of the major players in the industry, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, EE, Elisa, Ooredoo, Zain, KT, SKT and LG, and identifies the reasons for their choices.

 

Companies: AT&T, Verizon, EE, Zain, KT, SK Telecom, LG, Ooredoo,

Countries: Global, China, Korea, Japan, Qatar, Kuwait, US, UK, Middle East and Africa, North East Asia, South East Asia and Oceania, Latin America, India, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, North America,

Keywords: coverage, traffic forecasts, EPC, deployment, broadband, FWA, LTE-LAA, 5g Evolution, video, costs, densification, video resolution, Data traffic growth, 4G LTE, 5G, sharing, mmWave, bandwidth, 5GC, capex, streaming, opex, smartphone, latency, 5g NR, spectrum, building penetration, demand drivers,

1

Overview

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2

Introduction

2

2.1

Background to the Report

2

2.2

Report Content

3

2.3

Currency and Conversions

3

2.4

Further Questions and Feedback

4

3

Market Demand & Demand Drivers

5

3.1

Introduction

5

3.2

Demand Forecasts

5

3.2.1

Growth in Data Traffic

5

3.2.2

Types of Traffic - Demand Drivers

9

3.2.3

Ultra-reliable Low Latency (URLLC) Applications

12

3.2.4

Technology Forecasts

13

3.3

Transition to 5G

13

4

Network Options

16

4.1

Introduction

16

4.2

Cost and Performance: 5G vs 4G

16

4.3

Meeting Demand

17

4.3.1

Capacity and Performance

17

4.3.2

Combining 4G and 5G in a Network

18

4.3.3

Spectrum Requirements and Implications

19

4.3.4

Implications of Densification

20

4.3.5

In-building Coverage.

21

4.4

Cost Implications and Mitigation

21

4.4.1

Cost drivers

21

4.4.2

Reducing Costs by Sharing

22

4.4.3

Spreading Deployment Costs Over Time – UK Example

24

5

Operator Deployment Examples

28

5.1

Introduction

28

5.2

Ooredoo & Zain – Qatar & Kuwait

28

5.3

US

28

5.3.1

AT&T

29

5.3.1.1

Services, Technology & Deployment

29

5.3.1.2

Strategy

30

5.3.2

Sprint

30

5.3.3

T-Mobile

31

5.3.3.1

Strategy

31

5.3.3.2

Technology & Deployment

31

5.3.3.3

Devices

32

5.3.4

Verizon

32

5.4

Elisa - Finland

33

5.4.1

Services

33

5.4.2

Technology & Deployment

33

5.5

SK Telecom, LG Uplus & KT - South Korea

35

5.6

EE - UK

35

5.7

NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and Softbank – Japan

36

6

Conclusions

38

6.1

Introduction

38

6.2

Increasing Capacity

38

6.3

Sharing Networks and Spectrum

39

6.4

Available 5G Services

39

6.5

Summary Conclusions

39

7

Recommendations

41

 

Appendix – Feedback Questions

42

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