The challenges 5G-as-a-Service aims to solve.
5G’s increased network capillarity requires a new approach for equipment installation and rollout. Visual pollution caused by having the radio equipment closer to the end user, high deployment costs and the urgent need for more energy-efficient facilities requires a collaborative response from all the stakeholders.
Meet the solution: 5GaaS
5GaaS proposes a new way for the stakeholders of the telco space to conduct business, via pre-designed agreements or contracts and an automated billing system. This is possible due to the programmability of smart contracts, which are stored in a Distributed Ledger and grant certainty regarding the transaction outcomes to provider and consumer.
In the 5GaaS marketplace, several heterogeneous resources can be offered and purchased. These include spectrum, hardware, software components and VNFs, leasing agreements for passive and active infrastructure as well as other services.
These 5GaaS features present an option to overcome the obstacles that denser 5G rollouts will face, by establishing a common platform that connects Landlords, Infrastructure Owners and Neutral Hosts, with entities in urgent need of proper licensing and authorisation to deploy their network. 5GaaS provides the simplest and most transparent way to install new or exploit ready to-be-used 5G equipment, easing the process for site acquisition, asset and network management.
The organisations comprising the project consortium should be available in this subsection, and still be exhibited in the homepage (Figure 8). However, each partner’s logo should direct to their respective company web page, where more information about them can be found.