Key Questions for NextGen Broadband Part 1: The Business Case
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The network is one of telcos’ key assets. The case for investing in it was once straightforward: the bigger and faster the better. Yet today, many forces are combining to cloud that picture, such as virtualisation, regulation, the success of Internet services, network sharing, market consolidation and in some cases saturation, to name a few. To kick off our ‘Future of the Network’ research stream, we outline the key questions determining future investments in the network and our forthcoming work to address them. In Part 2, we’ll outline the key disruptive forces on the network.
Format: PDF filePages: 28 pages Charts: 8 Author: STL research team Publication Date: February 2015
Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Overview: what is the business case for Future Networks?
- Supporting new services or just faster Internet?
- Speed, coverage, quality…what is most valuable?
- Does quad-play & fixed-mobile convergence win?
- Consolidation, network-sharing & wholesale: what changes?
- Telco organisation & culture: what changes?
Table of Figures
- Figure 1 – New services are both network-integrated & independent
- Figure 2 – Mobile data device & business model evolution
- Figure 3 – Some new services are directly enabled by network capabilities
- Figure 4 – Network investments ultimately need to map onto customers’ goals
- Figure 5 – Customers put a priority on improving indoor/fixed connectivity
- Figure 6 – Notional “coverage” does not mean enough capacity for all apps
- Figure 7 – Different operator teams have differing visions of the future
- Figure 8 – “Software telcos” may emulate IT’s “DevOps” organisational dynamic
Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 4G, 5G, business, fttx, IoT, mobile, model, network, regulation, Strategy, Telco 2.0, Telecom, wifi