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New in depth syndicated research study from RTT, Policy Tracker and The Mobile World.

A timely and critical Investigation into 5G and satellite industry supply chain economics and spectral and space asset value

Telecommunications is a trillion-dollar industry with 5G promoted as the next big enabler of growth both in developed and developing economies. However, this growth will only be achieved if the satellite industry is motivated to share its spectral and space assets including C band and Ku and Ka- band spectrum.
Mobile and satellite operators are highly leveraged and are reliant on vendor supply-chain support. “Over-the-top players,” such as Google and Facebook, are starting to invest in access infrastructure and are cash rich. Additionally, the military and the automotive industry are increasingly important stakeholders.
So, the question is: Who will own added value in next- generation mobile broadband?

This study is being developed as a syndicated research opportunity in association with Collaborata

The satellite industry is engaged in a transformation of its Ka-band spectral and space assets. Ka-band spectral assets, particularly the 28 GHz and 38 GHz bands, are emerging as the sweet spot for 5G terrestrial network deployment with AT&T and Echostar and Verizon and Viasat as examples of potential 5G technical and commercial partnerships.

'A timely and critical investigation into 5G and satellite industry supply chain economics and spectral and space asset value' analyses the implications of the growing inter dependency of these two industries and will make extensive use of presentation graphics to highlight present value and risk distribution in the industry with modelling of three future industry scenarios assigning different weightings on terrestrial and satellite spectral and network value and the relative market reach value and technology value of each supply chain and the major players in each supply chain. The value modelling will use inputs from industry interviews correlated with our own research and in house data sets and the in house research and data bases of our project partners, Policy Tracker and The Mobile World.

This is a unique opportunity to join us in a syndicated research project in which research costs are shared between two or more sponsoring agencies providing the opportunity to precisely dimension the technical and commercial risks and opportunities of Ka-band spectral asset and space asset and terrestrial asset integration.

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5G Spectrum and Standards available to order - new book from RTT

5G spectrum and standards book'5G spectrum and standards' analyses the spectrum, band plan and standards choices for 5G radio systems and the relative technology and economic impact of these choices on the industry supply chain, operator community and end users. It divides the spectrum into three blocks defined by wavelength rather than frequency – the metre band (300 MHz to 3 GHz), the centimetre band (3 GHz to 30 GHz), and the millimetre band (30 to 300 GHz). Present and future coexistence issues in these bands are analysed including mobile broadband coexistence with terrestrial broadcasting in the metre band, coexistence with  fixed point to point and satellite/mobile service satellite and radar in the centimetre band and co-existence with automotive radar and military sub space radio in the millimetre band. Case studies are included of existing local area Wi Fi ‘5G systems’ at 60 GHz (5mm wavelength) and used to highlight the wavelength and technology requirements needed to scale these local area systems to deliver economic wide area high data rate mobile and fixed access connectivity.
The present spectral allocation process is reviewed including the ITU and CEPT and how this process relates to spectrum auctions and regulatory policy and standards making across the traditionally separate industries of mobile broadband, terrestrial broadcasting, and military and consumer satellite and radar.
The outcomes of the two World Radio Congresses in 2012 and 2015 (WRC 2012 and WRC 2015) are analysed together with the agreed study items for WRC 2019.
The present regulatory balance between sovereign responsibility and regional and global policy making is studied in the context of present and future social and economic change including the present balance between licensed, lightly licensed and unlicensed spectrum.
The final chapter argues the case for mixed use approaches to spectrum allocation (analogous to present satellite mixed payload platforms) with the potential to provide the basis of a new generation of collaborative mutual interest business models which could transform the delivery economics of the 5G mobile broadband sector.

5G spectrum and standards is available to order from

Making Telecoms Work – from technical innovation to commercial success.

making telecoms work bookAvailable from the RTT bookshop

Bridging the industry divide between the technical expertise of engineers and the aims of market and business planners, Making Telecoms Work provides a basis for the interdisciplinary analysis of technology, engineering, market and business investment risk and opportunity.

Since mobile broadband has become a dominant deliverable, multiple areas of transition and transformation have occurred; the book places these changes in the context of the political, social and economic dynamics of global telecommunications.

Drawing on 25 years of participative experience in the mobile phone and telecommunications industry, the author closely analyses the materials, components and devices that have had a transformative impact.

By presenting detailed case studies of materials innovation, such as those shown at success story Apple, the book shows how the collaboration of technological imagination with business knowledge will shape the industry’s future.

  • Makes a link between the technical aspects and the business practice of the telecoms industry, highlighting the commercial and economic significance of new developments.
  • Gives a historical analysis of past successes and failures in order to identify future competitive advantage opportunities.
  • Supplies detailed case studies of supply chain disconnects and the impact these have on industry risk and profitability.
  • Brings together technological detail with analysis of what is and is not commercially important, from the implications of energy and environmental networks to the technical details of wireless network hardware.