March 30, 2021
The world’s insatiable appetite for bandwidth shows no signs of slowing down. As a result, network infrastructure and Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are faced with ever-accelerating deployment rates for network technology and equipment.
According to Moore’s Law1, accelerated network equipment R&D spend, along with increased competition, will cause CSPs to face increasing pressure to deploy new equipment and expand capacity faster. Wireless network infrastructure spending alone will top $35B USD per year through 20222. This effort is complicated by downward pressure on average revenue per user values, driving a critical need for reduced deployment costs with no reduction in network quality.
Over the past two decades, CSPs have extracted much of the available excess margin out of the current network build model. This model includes a highly skilled and highly mobile workforce frequently impacted by supply chain problems, logistical challenges, worker shortages, and increased requirements for training and certification.
America's wireless companies are investing an estimated $275 billion into building 5G networks. This will create three million new jobs and add $500 billion to the economy.3
The network build effort is being bolstered by massive fiber and 5G rollouts that feature more complex equipment, an increased number of nodes, and a projection of more dense network elements closer to the end user. The end user is more mobile than ever, and the bandwidth requirements are pressing to extend to more rural and remote locations as demand continues to grow.
The industry is also leaning more towards whitebox and cloud-based infrastructure, requiring network deployment resources to be increasingly technically nimble and skilled not only in equipment deployment and installation, but also in testing and integration.
With the flood of increased expectations and volumes, CSPs need to implement a new model; one that includes simplified methodologies, increased efficiencies, one touch network node installations, and the ability to rapidly pivot to environmental challenges and technology evolutions.
Macro cells are still a major component of the new network deployments in the United States. With over 200,000 macro cells already in place, thousands of additional macro cells are projected to be built every year for the foreseeable future. In deploying macro cells, CSPs have several obstacles to overcome to be successful and cost effective as network deployments move faster and become more complex:
Increasing deployment speed and quality requires a substantially different approach than what is used for current network deployments. There needs to be a new methodology that completes as much work as possible in a central, controlled environment, and allows equipment to be deployed into the field that has already been installed and integrated into the network.
In this methodology, the mindset is to simply move the equipment to its permanent location. This methodology is known as AWTI (Assemble, Wire, Test, and Integration) and will increase speed-to-market, increase overall deployment quality, and reduce costs. The AWTI process as part of an end-to-end deployment management system is depicted here
To explore how AWTI can benefit your macro cell deployments contact the KGPCo Wireless Services team.
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