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Towards the End of Capacity Constraints: Traffic, Spectrum and Site Density in the 5G Era

  • ID: 5308858
  • Report
  • March 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 20 Pages
  • Analysys Mason
Densification and New Frequencies Should Be Viewed as New Revenue Opportunities, Rather Than Means of Meeting Demand

5G build-out represents an inflexion point: network loading relative to total capacity will begin to fall. Investment based solely on projected mobile traffic growth will become harder to justify as networks become less stress-loaded. In this report, we show how this is happening and suggest that new approaches to further investment in the fundamentals of spectrum and sites are required.

This report provides data on spectrum ownership, the distribution of sites and traffic at an OpCo level, plus a discussion of visible trends. 

It is based on:

  • derivations from the analyst's existing research output, including the Wireless network data traffic: worldwide trends and forecasts and the Spectrum auction tracker.
  • additional desk research.

Key questions answered in this report

  • How many physical sites do operators have?
  • What is the actual state of cell densification? Where have operators done the most?
  • How much useable spectrum do operators have?
  • How stressed/loaded are operators’ networks before and after physical sites are taken into account? How should this affect operators’ commercial strategies?

Geographical Coverage

  • North America
  • Europe
  • China
  • Developed Asia-Pacific (DVAP)

Who Should Read this Report

  • Teams within operators working on spectrum and roll-out strategies. The primary value of this report is the dataset behind it, which we will maintain and expand, initially geographically, then with additional indicators. We believe that the dataset will evolve to become a very useful resource.  
  • Mobile network operators (MNOs) and integrated operators.

The Three Axes of Investment When Adding Capacity to a Mobile Network

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  • Executive summary
  • Research overview
  • Spectrum
  • Infrastructure
  • Loading and implications for investment
  • About the authors
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