Network Operator Business Models
Course Description & Learning Objectives
- How do network operators evaluate investment opportunities in spectrum licenses and network infrastructure?
- How and why do operators invest in their own infrastructure vs. outsourcing or sharing infrastructure?
- How do new technologies (such as 5G) and major upgrade cycles influence competitive strategy among network operators?
- What are potential strategies for market entry as either a physical or virtual network operator? What are the tradeoffs among the various options?
- How do network operators price their services? How do investment decisions and competitive dynamics influence pricing decisions?
- How do network operators and other market participants influence the marketing and distribution of communications products and services?
- How and why do regulators influence the responses to any and all of the above questions?
Examples cover a variety of network technologies (fiber, coax, cellular, satellite, etc.), geographies (US, Europe, Asia, etc.), and companies (AT&T, T-Mobile, Dish Network, Comcast, Altice, Level 3, British Sky Broadcasting, Iliad, Bharti, etc.).
- Those who have or seek product management or similar operational roles and want to identify and articulate their objectives to others (especially upper management) effectively.
- Anyone who would like to view industries and markets through the eyes of the general manager/CEO (whether at a start-up or an industry giant), not just aspiring CEOs but anyone in any function who wants to understand why and how strategic choices influence a variety of decisions.
- Those pursing careers in services firms (management consulting, investment banking, investment management, private equity, venture capital, corporate & intellectual property law) who encounter clients from a variety of industries and markets and are required to identify and assess various strategic options quickly.
- Those who are new to the Telecom/Media/Technology industry and seek a comprehensive overview.
- Anyone who would like to apply a strategic filter when choosing employers by critiquing and handicapping their strategies.
- Anyone who would like to demonstrate the skill MBA recruiters have the most difficult time finding: strategic thinking (full survey results).
Strategy in Practice is required.
The primary delivery format is traditional classroom instruction. Each class session is 5 to 7.5 hours depending on the dates scheduled.
Classes will not be recorded. Students who miss a class session are welcome to attend a makeup session (if available) or the same session in a subsequent offering of the course.
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Class preparation is essential to get the most out of the course. Most class sessions will include short tutorials or primers, whether related to technologies of interest, regulations, economic/financial terminology, or other concepts relevant to the discussion.
Students are also expected to complete a group or individual project with guidance from the instructor to apply concepts and methodologies from the class to a specific context.