June 20, 2017
Europe is at a crossroads. With 5G comes an opportunity to empower citizens and businesses using widespread ultra-fast connectivity. The mobile industry is ready to step up and deliver 5G and the Gigabit Society. But they can’t do it on their own. Ambitious policy reform will help enable both.
The rapid spread of mobile technology together with the convergence of digital technologies and services has created huge growth and opportunity. Advanced applications and new ways of communicating are creating a truly connected society, radically impacting the way in which we use technology and the manner in which it is accessed and delivered.
The proposed Electronic Communications Code is an opportunity to establish forward-thinking rules that protect consumers and enhance the status of Europe as a location for long-term investment and innovation.
The GSMA has three broad asks;
For the code to become a success, European policy makers and Brussels should pay special attention to spectrum. Fair and transparent spectrum regulation is needed to create an environment that is conducive to investment, and ensure the expansion of next-generation mobile networks and services. This includes:
To delve deeper into the GSMA’s recommendations, download the “5G and Gigabit Society” infographic here.