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To overcome the challenges of capex optimization, Pyramid Research has developed the MASI framework, a methodology for generating ways of reducing capex that are adapted to each operator's situation. This Insider presents a selection of 17 MASI-generated techniques for capex optimization in LTE and FTTH deployments: examples of fiber access and mobile broadband implementations come from the Middle East and Africa, plus some developed-market players. Pyramid Research Insiders track market, business and regulatory developments in the telecom sector globally to help you compete in all markets.
Introduction and Landscape
Capex optimization has become crucial to business survival for telecom operators, especially in saturated, highly competitive markets, such as some GCC countries, and in markets characterized by challenging geography, such as many Sub-Saharan countries with scattered populations. To help telecom leaders overcome these growing challenges, Pyramid Research has developed the MASI framework. Tailored to consulting audits and inspired by the Lean Six Sigma principles, MASI is a methodology for generating ways of reducing capex that are adapted to each operator's situation. This Insider presents a selection of 17 techniques for deploying LTE and FTTH in a capex-efficient way. They result from the application of the MASI framework to the capex profiles of a wide variety of operators. Two sections of this report, one on LTE deployments and another on rollouts of fiber access networks, develop each of these capex-effective techniques and illustrate them with examples of fiber and mobile broadband implementations from the Middle East and Africa as well as some developed-market players. Operators can already use these best practices for controlled 4G and FTTH deployments.