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Evaluation of the Potentials of the Business Case of Deploying Reconfigurable Segments in Wireless B3G Infrastructures

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The B3G concept can be realized in two complementary ways. The first solution is the integration of the diverse radio access technologies into one composite radio environment. The alternative solution is provided by the concept of reconfigurable (adaptive) networks. Composite radio networks, sometimes also referred to as cooperative networks, jointly handle a difficult condition. Reconfigurable networks on the other hand, support B3G Systems by providing technologies that enable network elements and terminals to dynamically adapt to the environment requirements and conditions, in principle, by means of self-management. This paper provides proof on the business advantages of reconfigurable networks. In this context the paper performs an evaluation of the investment in both composite radio and reconfigurable networks, presenting a methodology that can be used for the financial assessment of such networks by applying investment appraisal techniques. Concrete results for both cases are presented and analyzed. The analysis clearly proves that reconfigurable networks can provide significant business benefits for network operators.

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Kritikou, Y., Stavroulaki, V., Demestichas, P. et al. Evaluation of the Potentials of the Business Case of Deploying Reconfigurable Segments in Wireless B3G Infrastructures. Wireless Pers Commun 51, 257–282 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11277-008-9642-7

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  • Composite radio networks
  • Net present value
  • OPEX
  • Reconfigurable networks