Business model for rural connectivity using multi-tenancy 5G network slicing

Koratagere Anantha Kumar, Shruthi and Stewart, Robert and Crawford, David and Chaudhari, Sachin; (2020) Business model for rural connectivity using multi-tenancy 5G network slicing. In: 2020 IEEE 17th International Conference on Smart Communities: Improving Quality of Life Using ICT, IoT and AI (HONET). IEEE, Piscataway, NJ.. ISBN 9780738105284 (

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Rural areas are often neglected while deploying newer mobile technologies. Hence, these place are digitally disconnected from the world. To overcome this challenge, 5G network slicing supporting multi-tenancy, also known as neutral host network, is studied to improve rural connectivity. The infrastructure provider (InP) deploys the rural 5G network and mobile network operators (MNOs) lease the slices from InP to serve their end-users. This aims to study the value network configuration (VNC) for the 5G network slicing architecture to understand the possible business model. As a result, three configurations are defined driven by micro-operator, MNO and community end-users respectively. The business models are constructed using SWOT analysis and business canvas models. The revenue streams for the proposed rural network are analyzed.


Koratagere Anantha Kumar, Shruthi ORCID logoORCID:, Stewart, Robert ORCID logoORCID:, Crawford, David ORCID logoORCID: and Chaudhari, Sachin;