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Malaysia and Poland consider single wholesale networks to reduce 5G cost

Mobile operators still have a curious antipathy to sharing their RANs, despite the increasingly strong case that this will be the only way to make 5G roll-out affordable – at least with the density and indoor penetration many 5G use cases will require. Some operators are starting to get that message though. Vodafone is pursuing higher levels of active RAN sharing in key markets like the UK and Italy than it has before; some MNOs are coming round to the idea that they should encourage neutral hosts in small cell and industrial environments, rather than take on the whole cost burden themselves. A few countries have sought to take sharing a step further and mandate a single network for all…

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