When Will Small Cells Be Deployed? A Case Study of Critical Strategic Planning Options for Mobile Network Operators

When will small cells be deployedThis case study was designed to help answer important questions related to small cell deployments. It is based on a traffic forecast and capacity planning tool developed to aid operator strategic planning activities. The tool can also be used by vendors and other ecosystem players to map their product offering and plan for small cell deployments.

Demand for mobile data services is expanding at a rate ranging between 30-60% per year. Subscribers have a choice between many different plans and mobile devices. Networks feature multiple technologies (e.g. 2G/GSM, 3G/HSPA, 4G/LTE) operating in different frequency bands. All this has combined to increase the complexity of technology planning.  Outdoor compact base stations operating at low elevation above ground using licensed frequency spectrum form small cells that work to fill the projected gap between the supply and demand of mobile data capacity. This case study serves to illustrate some strategic options to consider when making small cell buildout decisions. It builds on numerical models to answer a fundamental question: when are outdoor small cells needed? It also illustrates the factors that impact the number of required small cells, the effects of Wi-Fi offload and other strategic technology options such as spectrum. Read more of this post


Australian Digital Dividend Spectrum Auction Concludes by Raising $2 Billion.

Australia Spectrum AuctionThe Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced last Tuesday the results of the 700 MHz & 2500 MHz spectrum auction. A total of AU$ 1.96 billion (US$ 2.02 billion) was raised by licensing a combined 200 MHz in these two bands. Telstra & Optus won 2×20 and 2×10 MHz, respectively, in the 700 MHz Band. Yet, 30 MHz in this band remains unsold. In the 2500 MHz band, Telstra and Optus secured 2×40 MHz and 2×20 MHz, respectively. TGP Internet secured a 2×10 MHz license. The duration of licenses in both bands is 15 years. The table below shows the total amounts paid by each operator. Read more of this post

The Shifting Paradigm of Mobile Network Operations

paradigm shiftThe deluge of demand for mobile data has been much discussed and talked about. News is abounding with figures, quotes and graphics of the increasing consumption (about doubling every year) and its projection to the future (anywhere from 10-25 time increase within the next 4 years). On the other hand, there has not been much discussion on what this mean from an operational perspective for the network operator. So, what is going on and what do we see? Read more of this post