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The Towercos can capitalise on new opportunities in the dense 5G HetNet

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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