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Investment strategies for different actors in indoor mobile market: "in view of the emerging spectrum authorization schemes"
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4405-5516
2013 (English)In: 24th European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunication Society, Florence, Italy, 20-23 October 2013, 2013Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The regulatory landscape is changing towards more flexible spectrum management schemes. Such schemes are expected to make additional spectrum resources available and lower the spectrum access barriers. Emerging spectrum authorization schemes such as secondary access (TV White Space) and Licensed Shared Access (LSA) are expected to open doors for new actors rather than traditional MNOs to access licensed spectrum resources at reasonable costs. These schemes will allow actors such as Facility Owners (FO), Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to invest in indoor mobile network infrastructure. These actors can act as Local Network Operators (LNO) and build their business models around provisioning of mobile services in locations where there seems to be a hole or lack of service coverage in a particular area within the mobile network operators (MNOs) service footprint. This paper highlights the differences between indoor deployment and outdoor deployment in the light of the available spectrum bands to be used and the possible business models for MNOs and LNOs. In short, the possible investment strategies for provisioning indoor mobile services vary between MNOs and LNOs cases due to economic and regulatory aspects surrounding them. The main finding in this study indicates that the willingness of MNOs to invest in dedicated indoor solutions is driven by the balance between the potential revenues and the deployment cost. Moreover MNOs have more spectrum and investment options compared to LNOs who must bond their investment strategies to the available spectrum resources (i.e. the regulations of spectrum access).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
Business models, Cost and capacity analysis, Licensed and unlicensed spectrum, Outdoor and indoor network deployment, Mobile broadband, Spectrum access
National Category
Telecommunications
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-133329OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-133329DiVA: diva2:662954
Conference
24th European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunication Society, Florence, Italy, 20-23 October 2013
Projects
Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society (METIS)
Funder
Wireless@kthEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Note

QC 20140603

Available from: 2013-11-08 Created: 2013-10-30 Last updated: 2017-05-10Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Towards Affordable Provisioning Strategies for Local Mobile Services in Dense Urban Areas: A Techno-economic Study
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards Affordable Provisioning Strategies for Local Mobile Services in Dense Urban Areas: A Techno-economic Study
2017 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The future mobile communication networks are expected to cope with growing local usage patterns especially in dense urban areas at more affordable deployment and operation expenses. Beyond leveraging small cell architectures and advanced radio access technologies; more radio spectrum are expected to be required to achieve the desired techno-economic targets. Therefore, the research activity has been directed towards discussing the benefits and needs for more flexible and local spectrum authorization schemes. This thesis work is meant to be a contribution to this ongoing discussion from a techno-economic perspective.

 

In chapter three, the engineering value of the different flexible authorization options are evaluated from the perspective of established mobile network operators using the opportunity cost approach. The main results in chapter three indicate the economic incentives to deploy more small cells based on flexible spectrum authorization options are subject to the potential saving in the deployment and operation costs. Nonetheless; high engineering value can be anticipated when the density of small cells is equal or larger than the active mobile subscribers’ density.

 

While in chapter four, the possible local business models around different flexible authorization options are investigated from the perspective of emerging actors with limited or ’no’ licensed spectrum resources. In this context, dependent or independent local business can be identified according to surrounding spectrum regulations. On possible independent local business models for those emerging actors is to exploit the different flexible spectrum authorization options to provision tailored local mobile services. Other viable dependent local business models rest with the possibility to enter into different cooperation agreements to deploy and operate dedicated local mobile infrastructure on behalf established mobile network operators.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 61 p.
Series
TRITA-ICT, 2017:07
National Category
Telecommunications
Research subject
Information and Communication Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-206950 (URN)978-91-7729-319-4 (ISBN)
Presentation
2017-06-07, Sal C, Kistagången 16, Kista, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Note

QC 20170510

Available from: 2017-05-11 Created: 2017-05-10 Last updated: 2017-05-12Bibliographically approved

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