Valuing 5G spectrum is, in theory, straightforward. However, valuing spectrum for 5G deployments presents operators with challenges greater than those that were faced for 3G and 4G technologies where operators had to second-guess what services would be offered in the future and what the resulting revenue streams were likely to be. One of the major challenges now is what to assume about the operators’ position within the IoT value chain and to contemplate potential revenue streams for the currently unimaginable. Coleago has been involved with several recent 5G spectrum valuation projects and in this paper, Graham Friend shares some of the main issues that have been encountered.
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