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Rubin Rose: National roaming can allow MNOs to capitalise on unused assets

Rubin Rose: National roaming can allow MNOs to capitalise on unused assets

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WTL’s Rubin Rose important speech on the topic attracted the attention of the Nigeria Innovation Summit (#NIS2018 first day host by Emerging Platform) attendees attention, because innovators are seeking new ways in which to enable connectivity and to solve the conundrum of connecting the unconnected.

“As we all know, building coverage in the most remote areas has been challenging and, despite the advent of solutions such as WTL’s Vivada which dramatically lowers costs, barriers remain.

“One proposed solution is to enable National Roaming, which allows providers to share coverage”, he said.

However, Mr. Rose opined that this doesn’t go far enough, as National Roaming typically depends on the availability of some local infrastructure, which can then be shared with any subscriber.

“But, if none of the national MNOs has deployed any infrastructure, then there’s nothing onto which mobile users can roam.

“So, we have a situation in which MNOs may hold spectrum for a country, but they may not have deployed coverage to match the territories they can address, due to the perceived lack of economic benefits to their business. What can be done? Well, Rubin had an answer.

“What if, instead of simply holding spectrum licenses as an asset while being reluctant to make appropriate investments in coverage, MNOs were able to assign spectrum assets in specified areas to independent, neutral operators that can deliver shared infrastructure and connectivity?

“What would it take to make this idea work?”, he asked.

Download Rubin’s presentation to find out how the business case can be enabled and how stakeholders can be aligned.

Meanwhile, WTL has launched an annual survey on Rural Telephone in Africa. You should be part of it. Click HERE.

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