Extended feature: Who will win the race to provide multi-operator small cell solutions?
We spoke to CommScope, one of the market leading DAS and small cell providers, to hear their take on multi-operator small cell solutions and what needs to happen in order for the European small cell market to progress beyond trial stage
As towercos increasingly look to diversify their offering to MNOs, and distributed networks become more and more necessary in urban network densification in advance of 5G, the business case for providing small cells as a service could be accelerated with multi-operator small cell solutions. Who are the current leaders in the development of multi-operator small cells, and what business models could they facilitate?
Akin to the multi-tenancy model, multi-operator small cell solutions can enable towercos to generate incremental revenues by offering small cells as a service. By choosing a multi-operator solution, installation of small cells is made more efficient, investments are futureproofed, and myriad opportunities are opened up for towercos to position themselves as the ideal neutral host for operators looking to densify urban outdoor networks and improve indoor coverage.