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Owning infrastructure provides wholesale telecoms carriers with competitive advantage by lowering their costs, enabling them to deliver end-to-end SLAs, and supporting platforms that enable speedy delivery of services to their customers.


  • Wholesale network infrastructure will increase in importance as wholesale customers seek increasingly complex solutions. Wholesale service providers will have to offer colocation facilities, data centers, server farms, applications software, and other elements formerly the sole province of retail sales.

Features and Benefits

  • Describes the way wholesale divisions work with their parent groups to determine network infrastructure investments.
  • Analyzers how owning network infrastructure can contribute to wholesale telecoms differentiation.

Key questions answered

  • How do telco groups work their wholesale divisions to plan and invest in network infrastructure?
  • What network elements will wholesale divisions need to meet customers’ future needs?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

The necessity of owning wholesale infrastructure

  • The value of owning wholesale infrastructure
  • Access network ownership delivers competitive differentiation

Funding new infrastructure

  • Consider new wholesale opportunities when evaluating infrastructure investment decisions

The necessity of partnering with other infrastructure-owning wholesalers

  • Sharing complementary network infrastructure
  • Partner to create and extend the reach of wholesale services

Emerging types of network infrastructure

  • Next-generation services grow in importance to wholesale
  • Trends in ownership point to IT-style platforms


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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