Belgian Private Network Operator Citymesh Ventures into the Consumer Domain—The Start of a New Trend?

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By Leo Gergs | 3Q 2021 | IN-6202


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While enterprise 5G continued to run the show at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, it became clear that scalability of offerings becomes an important factor for success both in the consumer as well as the enterprise 5G domain. This becomes particularly important for so-called private network operators, whose System-Integrator like approach to deployments does not scale very well.

As discussed in a previous insight (IN-5893: Private Networks Operator Edzcom Gets Acquired by Cellnex), there are different strategies for private network operators to intensify their market traction and, therefore, increase their serviceable market. They can do so either by being acquired and integrated in a larger business structures (as has been the case with Edzcom being acquired by Cellnex). Alternatively, private network operators can engage in strategic partnerships with established telecom players. The Belgian private network operators Citymesh, for example, signed an MVNO partnership with the country’s nationwide operator Proximus in November…

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