How telcos can provide a tonic for transport

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As public transport systems try to recover from the pandemic, 5G could help them to become more versatile, cost-effective and appealing. By providing reliable and flexible connectivity to transport operators and their customers, telcos could create considerable value for both individuals and society.


Format: PDF filePages: 47 pagesCharts: 11Author: David PringlePublication Date: August 2021

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Where is transport headed?
    • Mobility-as-a-service
    • The role of digitisation and data
    • Rethinking the bus
    • Takeaways
  • How telcos are supporting public transport
    • Deutsche Telekom: Trying to digitise transport
    • Telia: Using 5G to support shuttle buses
    • Takeaways
  • The key challenges
    • A complex and multi-faceted value chain
    • Regulatory caution
    • Building viable business models
    • Takeaways
  • Automakers become service providers
    • Volvo to retrieve driving data in real-time
    • Automakers and tech companies team up
    • Takeaways
  • Taxis and buses take to the air
    • The prognosis for passenger drones
    • Takeaways
  • Conclusions: Strategic implications for telcos

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: How connectivity can support new concepts in public transport
  • Figure 2: The multiple players in the mobility-as-a-service ecosystem
  • Figure 3: Citymapper’s multi-mode subscription service for London
  • Figure 4: For transport operators, safety and customer experience are key challenges
  • Figure 5: Charging requirements is one of the obstacles facing self-driving shuttles
  • Figure 6: Boldy’s Dispatcher system can be used to remotely control shuttle buses
  • Figure 7: Dynamic Map Platform develops very detailed maps of potential routes
  • Figure 8: The Xcelsior AV bus doesn’t appear to rely on cellular connectivity
  • Figure 9: 5G is used to support trials of self-driving shuttles in Gothenburg
  • Figure 10: Tesla connectivity packages
  • Figure 11: The AirCar Prototype 1 doubles as a car and a plane

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 4G, 5G, AI, autonomous vehicles, Data analytics, Deutsche Telekom, drones, google, Keolis, mobility-as-a-service, Network slicing, public transport, softbank, T-Mobile, Telia, Tesla, Uber, Waymo, Wi-Fi