New information shows operators can maximize 5G business
opportunities via software-defined, converged wireline network
HONG KONG & SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 19, 2017--
In research released by telecommunications research and consulting firm Analysys
Mason titled “The Impact of 5G on Wireline Networks in
Asia-Pacific,” new information unveils the forthcoming impact of 5G
integration for mobile network operators (MNOs) in Asia-Pacific (APAC).
Of note, it was found that 5G migration will be unlike anything APAC
MNOs have experienced in the past. The research shows that strategic
investment in wireline infrastructure is crucial for operators in APAC
to achieve success in supporting future 5G services. Currently, less
than 25 percent of APAC MNOs surveyed have a fully integrated
wireless/wireline strategy, with the majority planning both sides
concurrently, yet independently. The research found APAC MNOs must
develop a converged holistic wireline strategy, even if plans to
integrate 5G radios are still a ways off.
Other Key Findings:
Respondents to Analysys Mason’s survey shared that top drivers in APAC
to deploy 5G by 2023 are lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), greater
efficiency and flexibility in harnessing resources including spectrum,
fiber and radio network, and support for new revenues.
71 percent of MNOs in the developed APAC region are already engaged in
some 5G planning to launch 5G services prior to 2024, but only one
quarter of those in emerging APAC regions have started.
Surveyed MNOs cite diverse reasons for implementing 5G at an early
stage (2018 to 2023) including: enhancing networks to support a
high-profile event such as the Tokyo
Summer Olympics, improving cost efficiency and uncovering new
Delivering new video services through enhanced broadband was cited as
the most important use case in APAC. However, operators in Japan are
focusing on new user experiences driven by virtual reality.
Additionally, connected vehicles and the industrial Internet of Things
are key drivers in Japan and Korea, while connected healthcare is the
most important driver for India, Australia, and Vietnam.
Operators must prioritize improving the efficiency and flexibility of
existing and future resources, using three new and intertwined
approaches – NFV, SDN, and network slicing. These technologies will
help converge wireline and wireless networks and tap into both pools
of capacity in an on-demand basis, share resources as flexibly as
possible, and help create new revenue streams.
“Our analysis suggests that mobile network operators in APAC must
consider an integrated wireless and wireline strategy, as they prepare
their networks for upcoming 5G services. Central to their strategy is
integrating fiber and radio across their network architecture – a
crucial element for MNOs to stay ahead of competition, transform their
cost base, and provide a richer experience for their users.”
Wilson, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason
“Mobile Network Operators in APAC navigate a unique user landscape
compared to other markets, thus they must also rethink how to
architect their networks to support 5G services. Ciena’s approach to
building networks aligns with the recommendations in the research,
where we have long been an advocate of the integration of wireless and
wireline technologies, and now with SDN and NFV for orchestration of
the physical and virtual networks for optimal flexibility and
- Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General
Manager of APAC, Ciena
Ciena and Analysys Mason will hold a webinar on Wednesday, June 21 at
1:00 p.m. local Hong Kong/Singapore time (1:00 a.m. ET), where
analysts Caroline Gabriel, Senior Contributor, and Stephen Wilson,
Principal Analyst at Analysys Mason will provide attendees unique
insights into the challenges and impact of 5G on wireline networks in
Asia-Pacific. Attendees can register for the webinar here.
About the Survey:
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) commissioned Analysys Mason to analyze the impact
of 5G deployments in the Asia-Pacific region on wireline networks. The
data came from a survey of 54 mobile networking operators in APAC.
Developed APAC included: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New
Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan. Emerging APAC included:
Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan,
Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and ‘-stan’ countries.
Respondents were CTOs or executives with high-level responsibility for
network planning and deployment.
The survey was conducted by Analysys Mason in the fourth quarter of
About Analysys Mason (www.analysysmason.com)
Analysys Mason is a global specialist adviser in telecoms, media and
technology (TMT). At the core of Analysys Mason’s offer are two key
services: TMT consultancy and research. Since 1985, Analysys Mason has
played an influential role in key industry milestones and helping
clients through major shifts in the market. We continue to be at the
forefront of developments in the digital economy and are advising
clients on new business strategies to address disruptive technologies.
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