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The Active network sharing business models worldwide

  • June 2014
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  • Analysys Mason
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  • 32 pages

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Active network sharing is extremely beneficial when applied in particular situations, such as when providing rural coverage and entering new markets. This Viewpoint describes the business models used to implement active network sharing and presents case studies and strategies showing how operators have successfully, or unsuccessfully, implemented active network sharing.

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-This report analyses examples of active network sharing from a technical and business perspective, and provides recommendations for mobile network operators (MNOs) that are considering active network sharing.
-It defines the main types of network infrastructure sharing, examines the benefits and challenges, and provides network-level solutions for active network sharing.
-The report is based on our work on a detailed tracker of the take-up of active network sharing operator partnerships worldwide, but focuses primarily on North America and Western Europe.
-It examines the business models that operators use to implement active network sharing, and presents in-depth case studies showing how operators have successfully, or unsuccessfully, implemented sharing arrangements.
-This report is based on several sources:
-our internal research – including the Wireless networks tracker, and various market reports and country reports
-interviews with stakeholders worldwide
-our report Active network sharing business models in Asia–Pacific, which is available at www.analysysmason.com/APAC-network-sharing-2014.

Three types of network infrastructure sharing address a variety of business needs and competitive options
-Network infrastructure sharing can be classified into three different types.
-Passive network sharing refers to sharing of passive non-electronic infrastructure and facilities. It includes:
-physical space – such as sites, shelters, towers/masts, cabinets, poles, ducts and trenches
-technical facilities – such as power supply, battery back-up, air conditioning, utilities, alarm installation and in-house wiring.
-Active network sharing refers to sharing of active electronic infrastructure and radio spectrum. It includes antennas, feeder cables, RAN, BTS/Node B, BSC/RNC, fixed and wireless backhaul (transmission) equipment, and radio spectrum.
-Core network sharing is also active sharing and includes parts of the core network in addition to the RAN, including gateways, authentication and policy services, and service platforms.

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