Policymakers have been captivated by 5G as they identify enhanced mobile broadband, the internet of things (IoT), massive machine type communication, and ultra-reliable and low latency communication as enablers for the fourth industrial revolution, smart cities and smart nations.
There appears to be an international race to become the world leader in 5G and policymakers have launched initiatives towards that goal. This is exemplified by the European Commission in its statement, “5G will enable industrial transformation through wireless broadband services provided at gigabit speeds” and the launch of an action plan to make this happen. Further policy direction came from the ministerial declaration in Tallinn, “Making 5G a success for Europe”, which states in its opening paragraph, “We share a common vision for a fully connected society and the path towards the gigabit society. 5G will enable the delivery of a diverse set of applications beyond the focus of the traditional mobile broadband market.” Top of the list of commitments is: “Make more spectrum available in a timely and predictable manner”.
The race to implement 5G is given a reality check by STEFAN ZEHLE, who looks at whether spectrum policies will meet the business case for investment
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