One of the top emerging trends in Telecom today is infrastructure sharing where providers shift from a closed model to joint utilization. This is significant because this new business model opens new revenue and go-to-market opportunities for ISPs while lowering costs.

What’s exciting is that many of the components of broadband networks lend themselves well to infrastructure sharing. For example, companies that share towers in prime locations to help providers with network expansion and to accelerate time to market. Consequently, the shared infrastructure trend is expanding. Providers are starting to share their fiber, which is a natural progression because the next generation of GPON offers symmetric 10 Gb/second upload and download speeds, and fiber has the capacity for multiple towers.

This new business model is a win-win for ISPs. Shared infrastructure helps providers expand into new markets. Their services are no longer limited to providing internet connectivity, and these providers can potentially offer a network backbone to other telecommunication companies, which is a key growth strategy. Additionally, they can more easily expand their footprint by taking advantage of infrastructure components provided by others.

We are closely watching this trend in telecom and are delighted to share our thoughts on this exciting new business model.

Where and Who are the Trailblazers?

This shifting paradigm is a global phenomenon. Latin America, Europe, and North America have adopted shared infrastructure, and several of our customers are now running on this model. Telefónica is actively pursuing shared infrastructure and has formed global joint ventures. What’s more, India and Africa show adoption, to a degree.

There are also cases where local policies accelerated the trend – for example in APAC, Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) was established as a shared infrastructure provider. It is a national wholesale open-access data network, instituted by the government, which all retail providers utilize.

Thus far, we support this trend by providing a tool to manage fiber networks––giving ISPs visibility into the share of the infrastructure they utilize. We continue to expand our capabilities alongside this evolving business model, and this is only the tip of the iceberg.

The Future of Shared Infrastructure Business Systems Looks Bright

We are just getting started and are poised to support the future of shared infrastructure with our core technology. Solutions such as GPON Expresse® and our market-leading portfolio of cloud-based software set the stage for ISPs who want to utilize infrastructure sharing. What’s more, our solutions are vendor and equipment agnostic, and we manage both current and next-generation network equipment.

In addition, we expect as more ISPs utilize shared infrastructure, they will need to rethink how they operate. As they employ less personnel to manage networks, they will rely more on automation, which is well within our wheelhouse. As an example, with our current workflow, a call center receives a call, agents leverage our software, test the network, locate the problem, and our systems automatically recommend a solution. As ISPs adopt this model, automation capabilities, AI, and machine learning will be indispensable.

We are looking forward to building partnerships and collaborating with system integrators who help us fill the technical gaps. With the help of SIs, who provide integration into systems and business processes, we will be well on our way to supporting the next generation of business systems for shared infrastructure.

What’s Coming Next

The next frontier of managing the complexities of shared infrastructure is up for grabs, and at ASSIA we are building a roadmap to expand our capabilities. Do you want to join us on our path? Reach out to learn more.