Fibre for 5G and edge: Who does it and how to build it?

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There is now a valuable but specialised opportunity in building out fibre to support small 5G cells in high value areas. Which players should address it and how?


Format: PDF filePages: 36 pagesCharts: 10Author: Robert HarrisonPublication Date: August 2022

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • The fibre market is changing
  • Small cell and edge: Demand
    • Demand for small cells
    • Demand for edge end points
  • Small cell and edge: Supply
    • The changing network supply structure
  • Build options
    • Pros and cons of seven building options
  • How do they compare on costs?
  • Impact of regulation and policy
  • How to mitigate unforeseen costs
  • The business case
  • Conclusions
  • Index

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Global deployments of small cells and non-telco edge end points in public areas
  • Figure 2: Comparison of typical cost spreads of alternative build techniques
  • Figure 3: Forecast of global deployments of public small cells in public areas
  • Figure 4: Global deployments of non-telco edge end points in public areas
  • Figure 5: New fixed network telcos
  • Figure 6: Example of average cost distribution for connecting small cell on a lamppost
  • Figure 7: New telco’s (CSP) selective use of incumbent’s ducts and chambers
  • Figure 8: Comparison of typical cost spreads of different build techniques
  • Figure 9: Ground penetrating survey in progress
  • Figure 10: Detection of object using ground penetrating radar

Keywords: 4G, 5G, edge, fibre, fttx, MNO, Networks, neutral hosts, open RAN, operators, public cloud, radio, regulation, Small cells