A network upgrade is a gamble. How much will it cost? How many will subscribe? Where will they be? How much will they be willing to pay?
Get it right, and the business picks up the winnings. But the capital costs mean the stakes are high.
With mobile and fixed-line networks, technologies are developing at a rapid pace. Competition is ferocious.
Operators can only decide where to invest if they have detailed plans revealing the cost of equipment, skills and subcontractor services.
A breakdown of thousands of sites is necessary to determine where consumers and businesses will sign up, making the investment worthwhile, and where it is best to wait. This is why network lifecycle management is crucial, right from the off.