China’s ban will add 11% to the European cost of introducing 5G
The GSMA says that half of the $62 billion additional cost “would be due to European operators being impacted by higher input costs following significant loss of competition in the mobile equipment market.”
The GSMA estimates the cost of installing 5G in Europe to be $568 billion. “Additionally, operators would need to replace existing infrastructure before implementing 5G upgrades,” says the GSMA.
The total collective revenues of European telcos is €270 billion, says the European Network Operators Association.
Collective European telcos’ annual capex is €47 billion and an estimated half of that goes to mobile capex.
With the European 5G roll-out now costing $630 billion, and the telcos only spending $24 billion a year on mobile capex, it’ll be 24 years before 5G is installed in Europe.
No doubt that the political decision to ban China will make more cost for the customers of telecos.