RF Routing Goes One Step Beyond C-RAN

April 20, 2015
With mobile data traffic growing exponentially and networks moving from coverage- to capacity-centric, operators’ revenues are not keeping pace with the increasing investments and operational expenditures. With that, revenue margins are decreasing and mobile network operators (MNOs) are looking at ways to keep the production cost low.

The production cost of mobile services is driven to a large extent – typically 70% to 75% – by the cost of the radio network. The total cost of ownership goes beyond the initial capital expenditure (CAPEX). It also includes the ongoing operational costs including software licenses and fees, maintenance, repairs, modernization and configuration changes to keep pace with the network growth.

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