Network sharing: the benefits and challenges for operators

14 April 2023 | Research

Grace Langham | Michela Venturelli

Survey report | PPTX and PDF (12 slides) | Operator Investment Strategies

"Operators are primarily drawn to network sharing because of the cost savings that this model can deliver."


This report presents the results of a survey of operators on their views of network sharing. It looks at the different types of approaches taken, partnerships, drivers, the quantifiable benefits (with further details on capex and opex), timeframes, challenges and the possible future trends. The report also provides Analysys Mason’s assessment of the operators’ responses to network sharing.

The survey was conducted in 3Q 2022 and 79 operators responded from around the world, particularly in Asia–Pacific, Europe and North America. The respondents were from operators’ CTO teams. 

Topics analysed in this report

  • Which network-sharing models operators are adopting
  • How successful network-sharing agreements have been for operators
  • Which network layers and services operators are sharing
  • Who are the partners involved in cross-sector sharing agreements, and what the drivers are of such arrangements
  • The benefits and challenges
  • Which future network-sharing trends are likely to become established

Please also see our related article Operators view cost saving and coverage as the two main drivers for network sharing.


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