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daily_leonard
daily_leonard
12/3/2013 | 10:59:19 AM
Re: TWC and Small cells
Managed services is again a tried and true business model.  My first exposure to DAS was actually thru IBM trying to push a business solutions model that included, phone, internet, wireless, etc. all on a neutral hosted platform that IBM would own.  The carriers weren't prepared at the time to give up a monthly fee to them but given the outsource model today its whole new ball game.
daily_leonard
daily_leonard
12/3/2013 | 10:55:37 AM
Re: TWC going wireless
To provide backhaul, which is all the cable providers and other long haul fiber operators would need to do,  there is no need to own any spectrum.  Forming partnerships to transport these packages of voice and data to the hubs is all that required and nothing new.  Operators like Comcast, TWC, Zayo, etc. are currently providing fiber-to-the-cell (FTTC) for several of the larger wireless carriers now and providing this same service to a utility pole is no different.  Its a proven business model.
DanJones
DanJones
11/6/2013 | 5:39:51 PM
Re: TWC and Small cells
They wouldn't name names but they say they are talking to several. This seems like its going to take a while to play out, if it ever does, just like everything in the world of small cells!
JerryW805
JerryW805
11/6/2013 | 5:36:16 PM
Re: TWC and Small cells
I saw that but they would have to have a small cell vendor that was approved and supported by the carrier to intragate into thier network. How could the carrier moniter network quality, hand offs, capacity, etc., unless TWC wants to provide SCaaS with SLAs and with a vendor supported by the carrier... It just might be that TWC is working on this with a carrier now and they want to vet the strategy by putting it out in pulbic...good article Dan!
DanJones
DanJones
11/6/2013 | 5:04:43 PM
Re: TWC and Small cells
Sounds about right, except that TWC was clear that they want to install and manage the small cell itself too. Hence "small cell as a service." Worth a mention I thought. 
JerryW805
JerryW805
11/6/2013 | 4:34:47 PM
TWC and Small cells
Hey everyone this is a backhaul strategy for the TWC carrier partners. TWC wants to sell backhaul to the wireless carriers small cell locations and also provide them access to thier locations on poles and buildings.

The issue for the carriers and for TWC will be pricing for that backhaul transport for these small cells. If its priced the same as a marco cell site, the businss model for small cells will not work for the carriers. A 100Mg ethernet circuit cannot cost >$2000/mo per small cell location. As a former C-Level in the wireless industry this is an economic issue that the MSO all will have to deal with for these carriers.
DanJones
DanJones
11/6/2013 | 12:36:37 PM
Re: TWC going wireless
Its basically the table stakes for any MSO that wants to get in the small cells game. My sense form the TWC execs is that they're eyeing 2014 for small deplyments and 2015 as the inflection point if it happens.
MordyK
MordyK
11/6/2013 | 12:32:08 PM
Re: TWC going wireless
This a rehash of the same conversation we had when it was Comcast.
DanJones
DanJones
11/6/2013 | 11:37:02 AM
Re: TWC going wireless
Their counter would be that they can much more easily deploy boxes on poles in cities because they already have the licensing rights squared away with local govt.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
11/6/2013 | 11:00:05 AM
TWC going wireless
TWC deploying small cells sounded all well and good until you get to the part that they don't own any wireless spectrum. I'm sure they could acquire or partner for it, but that seems to be a lot more complex and expensive than just sticking with its WiFi strategy. The cable companies do want a wireless strategy though, so maybe the economics work out?


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