Modelled the scale of 5G eMBB investment and coverage per market in Europe together with the costs and benefits of new use cases

Project experience | Consulting


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The problem

  • Analysys Mason was commissioned to model 5G investment in Europe and the associated costs and benefits of different use cases on behalf of two leading global 5G vendors

The solution

  • We partitioned our study of 5G investment into three distinct scenarios per country, which we defined as:
    • the cost and extent of commercially-led 5G enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) roll-out using a combination of new 5G bands plus legacy mobile bands (‘5G base-case’)
    • the additional investment needed to deliver near-universal geographical coverage using a low-frequency 5G layer (700MHz) (‘low-frequency 5G’)
    • the additional investment needed to extend 3.5GHz mid-band coverage beyond the base case to cover road, rail and rural use cases, plus additional deployment of mmWave (‘full 5G’)
  • We assessed the costs and benefits associated with each scenario using a combination of several parameters including historical roll-out metrics from previous 4G deployments, population and site distribution data and existing 5G coverage obligations on a per-country basis
  • We provided detailed country breakdowns as well as a Europe-wide aggregation of the costs and benefits of 13 new use cases

Figure: Modelled 5G base-case (5G pioneer plus legacy mobile bands) coverage in Italy

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The result

  • The client gained a sound understanding of the costs and benefits associated with new use cases of 5G eMBB across a wide range of European markets and 5G technology scenarios. Our clients have shared the results of our study with European regulators and policy makers in meetings and conferences

On behalf of two leading global 5G vendors, we were commissioned to model 5G investment in Europe and the associated costs and benefits of different use cases