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Last Mile Network Activities by Webscale Giants

According to ITU Facts and Figures 2017, only 48 percent of the world’s population is using the Internet. Telcos are facing unfavorable ROI when they try to provide rural area coverage. Even for urban areas that have internet services, the internet speed is often poor. This article details the efforts of webscale giants, such as Facebook, Google, and Softbank and their attempts to disrupt the last mile network connectivity market via innovative approaches. This report also has a quick exploration into China and the direction the country is taking regarding its relationship between telcos and Chinese webscale giants.

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 2. LAST MILE CONNECTIVITY RELATED INVESTMENTS
  • 3. URBAN RURAL DIVIDE
  • 4. URBAN: FIXED WIRELESS CONVERGENCE
    • 4.1. High Cost and Red Tape
    • 4.2. Millimeter Wave To Complement Fiber
    • 4.3. Massive MIMO By Facebook
  • 5. RURAL: BALLOONS AND DRONES
    • 5.1. Basestation Balloon
    • 5.2. Solar- and Wind-Powered Drone
    • 5.3. Telecom Infra Project
    • 5.4. Satellite Broadband
  • 6. INVESTMENT IN TELCOS
    • 6.1. Internet Plus
  • 7. CONCLUSION