National economic imperative or just another private industry task?
While the telecommunications industry has continued over the years to invest vast sums in automation, digitalization and higher-speed fixed and mobile access, the industry has now come to a unique point in its history.
Until now, it has been possible to modernize and upgrade the fundamental copper-based network, which was inherited in most cases prior to liberalization of the industry.
Now the time has come for the industry to move decisively to fibre. Further upgrades to copper are possible only for short network segments close to the customers’ premises.
Whole fibre or mainly fibre networks are now needed not only for the very fastest fixed access services, but also to underpin the micro layer of the latest mobile backhaul networks.
This paper identifies five National Fibre strategic models that have been implemented by countries around the globe, and assesses which of these models are most likely to fulfill National Fibre goals to the benefit of all stakeholders, including governments, regulators and policy makers.
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Arthur D. Little has deep industry knowledge of the telecoms and media sector, based on extensive client work, addressing market analysis, strategy and performance improvement for Pay-TV and telecom operators, as well as broadcasters and content providers.