New information shows operators can maximize 5G business opportunities via software-defined, converged wireline network architectures

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 revenue streams.
  • 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.

Executive Comments:

  • “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.”
    - Stephen 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 efficiency.”
    - Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager of APAC, Ciena

Upcoming Webinar:

  • 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 2016.

About Analysys Mason (
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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