August 7, 2017
Wholesale Open Access Networks (single wholesale networks) are perhaps not the panacea that is claimed
The goals are often ambitious when governments propose establishing a single wholesale network (SWN) or a wholesale open access network (WOAN) instead of relying upon competing mobile networks to deliver mobile broadband services in their country. Citizens are promised better coverage, more competition, and as a result, more affordable prices. However, research shows that of five countries originally considering this option, only one, Rwanda, has actually rolled out a network.
The lessons from these five countries should serve as examples to other countries contemplating this route. They highlight the real challenges of SWNs and WOANs and are a wakeup call to those regulators that look to them as an alternative to tried-and-true approaches to network deployment.
A better way forward is for governments, regulators and mobile operators to collaborate on long-term solutions. The basic building blocks which can help make this happen are:
To read the full report in English, Spanish and French and understand the GSMA’s recommendations, download the reports.