Strategic Interaction between Operators in the Context of Spectrum Sharing for 5G Networks

Erwin J. Sacoto-Cabrera, Angel Sanchis-Cano, Luis Guijarro, José Ramón Vidal, Vicent Pla
2018 Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing  
5G networks will make network sharing agreements between mobile operators technically possible. However, depending on the agreed and implemented quality-of-service isolation, the provision of services may lead to unsustainable business cases. In this paper, the economic feasibility of such arrangements is analyzed for the case of two operators. Concretely, while one network operator owns the spectrum, one virtual operator does not, and each one provides service to its subscriber base. Two
more » ... g alternatives, namely, pooling and priority sharing, are studied regarding the profits that each operator gets. We conclude that the network operator is worse off under any circumstances under a pooling agreement, while a lump sum payment may leave the network operator better off under a priority sharing agreement.
doi:10.1155/2018/4308913 fatcat:oafxbje5yzfbtk2inpogygccqy