The Towercos can capitalise on new opportunities in the dense 5G HetNet
In the 5G era, patterns of mobile network ownership will change, and a greater role is expected for tower operators and other neutral hosts. This comment explores the options for towercos to extend their business models to include small-cell services and edge computing platforms.
Towercos have already acquired the assets to become full service 5G hosts
Figure 1: Cumulative installed based of small-cell sites in outdoor locations 2016-2023
MNOs will not be the only tenants in the 5G market
Figure 2: Outdoor installed base for small cells by segment, 2016-2023
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