TLA not defined
RAN = Radio Access Network (I think) which I presume is the street hardware and back-haul wires?
The advantages of network sharing seem glaringly obvious in a world where the mismatch between mobile data demand and mobile data ARPU is rushing MNOs’ profits. The need to reduce the cost of delivering those rising tides of data is urgent, but many operators are ready to discuss almost any tactic – Wi-Fi offload, automation, …
"The advantages of network sharing seem glaringly obvious in a world where the mismatch between mobile data demand and mobile data ARPU is rushing [squeezing?] MNOs’ profits."
Someone should tell Ofcom, as it would seem they don't want to see any further consolidation in the UK mobile market that might benefit customers...
Not sure I agree with the article's conclusion that:
"The density of 5G in some areas will absolutely require sharing – a shared or neutral host approach will be the only one possible in locations where hundreds of cells are needed per square kilometre."
Surely sharing is key for rural areas where the cost of building out is high - and the goal is to get coverage (of e.g. 800Mhz 4G or 900Mhz 2G).
in denser areas as long as the reach of each individual cell-site is ok (depends on the frequency used) then there's no great need to share - as what you're after is capacity rather than coverage.
where sharing *might* be needed in dense 5G deployments is if the reach of Mmw radio is too short to enable each operator to build out enough cells.
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