3GPP release 8 and beyond provides LTE carriers with a rich set of mandatory network sharing features on both the network-side and the device-side, making network sharing a viable option day-one for carriers opting to deploy LTE. Shared network partners can substantially reduce both their CAPEX and OPEX costs while still competing on services, tariffs, and devices. Key carriers around the globe have already taken advantage of network sharing, many others are currently considering it, and some regulators are actively promoting it.
This white paper describes the network sharing options offered by the standard 3GPP features, as well as those offered by some non-standard commercial features -- features that improve the business case of network sharing even further. It also outlines the key elements of a solid Operating Level Agreement (OLA) between network sharing partners. Although outside the scope of standardization, OLAs are essential to provide partners with seamless and transparent management of their portion of the shared network. This white paper discusses the core management domains (i.e. fault, performance, and inventory management), as well as capacity planning, vendor management, and other network management domains to provide a sense of the scope of work involved in setting-up an OLA.
Readers will get an understanding of the benefits and challenges offered by shared networks and OLAs so that they will be in a better position to:
·Initiate key strategic activities that will lead to defining their optimal LTE network sharing strategy;
·Understand all areas of their business that will be affected by network sharing; and
·Initiate an educated dialog with equipment vendors and potential network sharing partners.
About the Author: LucSamson Luc Samson is a partner in Briskwave, a consulting firm that helps wireless carriers rapidly take advantage of new opportunities, design cost-effective networks and efficient operational processes, and accelerate acceptance and deployment of new services and solutions. Luc's expertise lies in managing strategic initiatives in technology evolution, vendor selection, and solution deployment with a focus on 4G evolution and network sharing. He is currently involved in planning LTE deployment with carriers in North-America, and has extensive experience in successful network sharing programs.
Prior to Briskwave, Luc was instrumental in helping Nortel and its customers around the globe, in different management and professional services roles. His 20+ years of experience covers business planning, product & service planning, and network engineering for all major wireless technologies, including LTE, HSPA, GSM/GPRS, CDMA, EVDO, 802.11 and 802.16. Luc holds has a Master degree in applied sciences, he is the author of numerous technical papers, and he owns 2 patents.
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