Building a Mobile Network
Building a mobile network involves a number of steps, including acquiring the necessary spectrum, building the infrastructure, and deploying the network.
The first step in building a mobile network is to acquire the necessary spectrum, or radio frequencies, to operate the network. This is typically done through an auction or a licensing process, which is managed by the regulatory authorities in each country. Once the spectrum is acquired, the next step is to build the infrastructure for the network. This includes building cell towers, base stations, and other equipment needed to provide wireless coverage over a wide area.
Building the infrastructure for a mobile network also involves the deployment of backhaul, which is the connection between the cell towers and the core network. Backhaul can be done using various technologies such as fiber, microwave, and satellite. This allows for the transfer of data between different parts of the network, such as cell towers and data centers.
Once the infrastructure is in place, the network can be deployed. This involves installing and configuring the base stations, cell towers, and other equipment. The network is then tested to ensure that it is functioning properly, and that it is providing the desired level of coverage and capacity.
Finally, the network must be managed and maintained to ensure that it continues to function properly. This includes monitoring the network for issues, troubleshooting problems, and performing regular maintenance on the equipment.
Note that this article covers building the network for mobile devices, but not the systems operational and billing support systems (OSS and BSS) that are needed to provide service to customers.
Becoming a mobile network operator (MNO) can be capital intensive, especially considering the cost to license spectrum. Many operators choose an alternative path to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), providing wireless service to customers by renting the network from an existing MNO. If you are in the United States, you may consider CBRS for unlicensed spectrum to build an MNO with lower capital requirements.
Consider an MVNO
Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) offer an opportunity to become a wireless operator without building a network.
Expanding Your Network
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