The challenge of monetizing high-speed broadband was the most crucial component of operators' business strategies, a 2017 worldwide survey of service providers discovered. With even more ultra-broadband networks available today, does this issue still worry operators most -- or has another hurdle replaced it?
Customer-led convergence keeps every sector of the broadband industry on its toes, according to "Towards the Gigabit Society," last year's Broadband World Forum Survey, which tallied findings from more than 230 C-level insiders.
"In 2017, the report identified the demands that will be placed on the fixed network by 5G, IoT and autonomous vehicles are unprecedented and are a key concern from operator respondents," said Heather James, portfolio director of Broadband World Forum.
This year's study addresses existing and new opportunities and challenges operators face. Industry experts will discuss the results of this yearís survey at Broadband World Forumís first digital week, running from May 21 to 25 in Messe, Berlin.
"The 2018 survey seeks to find how things have progressed for operators as the role of fixed assets in 5G delivery becomes more apparent. We also expect that value-added services, from OTT video to IoT and smart cities will be a priority for respondents," James added. "While the possible options are endless, the real make-or-break for networks will be the technology they choose to invest in to deliver the capabilities of these new services; something the survey will attempt to find out."
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— Niall Hunt, Digital Lead, Content & Communities, KNect365. Follow him on Twitter @Niall_Hunt and learn more about Broadband World Forum here.