4G/5G to support bulk of connections by 2025
Pearse O’Donohue, the European Commission’s director of Future Networks, stressed 5G is central to many of the commission’s economic and social development policies, and is pushing for light-touch regulation to support the rapidly rollout of 5G networks. He pointed to its Digital Single Market policy in which its Gigabit Society goals can only be successful if 5G by is rolled out in all parts of the European Union by 2025.
Speaking at the GTI Summit, he said the regulator understands Europe requires a regulatory regime that is light, flexible and supportive of the development of 5G. The Commission is focused on a number of areas, but near the top of the list is Identifying radio spectrum required to allow 5G to be quickly tested and developed, give confidence to device makers and create a clear framework for licensing to be carried out.
“Through our proposals, we are seeking to have greater coordination towards spectrum licensing to speed it up and harmonise traditional licensing so operators know exactly what their footprint can be on specific bands across the EU. We want to make it easier for 5G networks to be rolled out… we know local planning laws do cause significant delays in the deployment of new technologies,” he said.
It is also pushing for global standards to be worked out, not just to drive forward ultra-fast broadband, but also complete those that identify the business use cases for industrial, social and vertical applications that drive investment in 5G and bring the benefits of the new radio technology not only to the European economy but the world economy.
So who is leading the way in 5G? Telenor Norway CEO Berit Svendsen said in a recent interview that Norway can be a leader in 5G, given its success with 4G and its “highly tech savvy” population. Speaking to Mobile World Daily, she said “Telenor has the fastest 4G network in the fastest 4G country in the world. Given our modest – but highly tech savvy – population and our challenging topography, that is an achievement we are quite proud of. We intend to keep the ‘leader jersey’ in 5G, as we believe it is key to help digitise Norwegian society and our customers even further.”
We anticipate to see that 4G and 5G networks will gather significant pace over the coming years. The new GSMA’s Mobile Economy report adds that 5G networks will grow to account for a further 14 per cent, following the launch of the first commercial 5G networks this year.Watch this space.