Feature Article

February 16, 2010

AIRCOM's LTE Service Helps Operators Deploy Financially Viable LTE Networks

As the investment and capital required to deploy LTE networks rises and slows the pace for bullish operators, who eagerly want to upgrade their networks, AIRCOM has launched LTE Fast Track, a service for operators to ensure LTE networks are rolled out in the most cost-effective way possible.
In 2009, AIRCOM shared with the industry the cost of LTE for different rollout scenarios, concluding that operators in some parts of the world require a staggering CAPEX investment of $8 billion to deploy LTE networks in the first three to five years. Not having the right strategy and roadmap could cost operators an additional 20 percent to compensate for poor planning, roll out and launch of their LTE network.
In terms of operator OPEX, the figures look equally grim. AIRCOM anticipates that the cost of running an additional technology such as LTE in a network could add another 30 percent to today’s OPEX costs. However, taking the right steps at the right time could reduce this OPEX to as little as 9-12 percent, if the right actions are taken at the right time – sooner rather than later.
Designed to minimize OPEX, and delay CAPEX spends until absolutely necessary, LTE Fast Track encompasses a range of AIRCOM products and services in one customised solution:
AIRCOM’s Vendor Management professional services, AIRCOM BDS, AIQ, Device Validation, SONata, ASSET, CONNECT and RANOPT
AIRCOM is already involved in the planning and consultancy of some of the world’s first LTE networks, and LTE Fast Track delivers not only network data to aid decision making, but sound, financial business cases for different scenarios.
LTE Fast Track also gives operators a glimpse into the future of self organizing networks, showcasing the elements necessary for successful LTE network management.
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Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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