Operators all over the world are realizing they need to incorporate some non-traditional models to offset the cost of LTE. As such, NTT DoCoMo has indicated it will embrace LTE wholesale partners when it launches its LTE network in December.
The move is a change from operators typically establishing their services in the market first and then turning to wholesale partners to expand the market. But operators like DoCoMo need to increase subscriber growth and offset capital costs from day one.
Other 4G operators are contemplating network sharing deals and MVNO models to expand their reach and reduce costs. Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is reaching out to rural operators to expand its LTE footprint in rural markets.
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