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CollaborativeRadio-ABusinessModel

Keywords
Capacity, cell capacity, congestion, indoor coverage, data offload, network load, mobile data bandwidth, femtocell, dedicated capacity, quality of experience, traffic distribution

PC-based mobile broadband Internet connectivity using USB modem is expected to increase tenfold in next thee years (source: telecomasia.net). Emerging market is expecting mobile broadband to be higher-margin business than mobile voice. It is true where operators have unused capacity. While in the mature market the confidence is not so high and operators need to manage data usage. It is because the cost of managing higher data traffic escalates much faster than the revenues they generate.

A technical aspect also play a role when an outdoor cell has to carry data traffic generated from indoor. Such phenomena drastically reduce the overall capacity of the cell as well. Situation aggravates when there is a high volume user (HVU) in indoor. A femtocell installed in indoor can instead carry this data trafiic. Handover to femtos can be initiated either by the outdoor cell or by the user himself. Currently in most cases, operators are managing femtos.

To avoid congestions, operators are eager to offload traffic especially through WiFi. Gradually the contribution of femtos are growing for offloading traffic.

There are certain questions:

  • How does the traffic distribution affect the cell capacity? (in case users on the edge or at indoor) A MODEL!
  • What will be the business model when the femtos are managed by a third party provider? (third party from a business collaboration with operators - we call it a collaborative business model)
    • How the trust can be established between them ( from technical point of view)?
    • How the strategy contribute to the revenue and OPEX?
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