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The advent of 5G networks is generating a number of policy and regulatory questions. Examples include concerns around non-ionising radiation (NIR) by mobile networks or the need to ensure equitable access to mobile broadband services in underserved areas. Switzerland, as one of the leading countries in 5G, needs to address these questions, a challenging task given the absence, at this early stage, of relevant international best practice as a possible reference. The Swiss Office of Communications (OFCOM) therefore commissioned Axon to develop a set of tools for the preparation of well-founded answers to certain policy questions related to the deployment of 5G networks.
To this end, we developed a Bottom-Up techno economic model for 4G and 5G mobile networks in Switzerland which, among other tasks, allows the calculation of:
In order to develop such a complex techno-economic model, we have executed the following activities:
The model provides OFCOM with a powerful tool to support decision-makers in taking the right actions to ensure that policy objectives can be achieved.